EDIUS is one of our favourite editing programs and it generally lives up to its slogan of "Edit anything". EDIUS has so far handled all the 4K footage we have thrown at it in its native form, without transcoding. We have tested Sony XAVC, MOV and MP4 files from the Panasonic GH4 and 4K ProRes Mov files from the Blackmagic 4K Production camera. All worked without any problems. You will need an up-to-date system to get the best out of the 4K footage with any program. With a typical Haswell-based system we could not play the Blackmagic 4K files perfectly but we could manage two layers of video with XAVC and Panasonic GH4 footage.
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EDIUS 8 is the best version to use for editing 4K. Because it is 64 bit it can handle the more complicated files better than previous versions and has added support for formats like XAVC and export of 4K MP4 files added. If you intend to edit 4K with EDIUS we would definitely recommend upgrading to EDIUS 8.
EDIUS' superior scaling also means that if you use your 4K footage in an HD project you will get some of the best scaling available.
Editing 4K video in EDIUS.
In this video we look at editing 4K footage in EDIUS 7. While we were making this video EDIUS 8 was released, but rather than remake everything we had filmed we decided to finish the video we were preparing. Editing 4K video in EDIUS 8 is the same as editing video in EDIUS 7; most formats perform in the same way and it can work with the same range of i.o devices. EDIUS 8 does have a new feature which should improve play back on a system which has Intel Quick Sync so we have added a chapter on Quick Sync playback which was taken from our introduction to EDIUS 8 video.
The video below has all 5 chapters of our tutorial in a playlist.
The following chapter is taken from our "Introduction to EDIUS 8" tutorial and talks about Quick Sync playback of H.264 formats for 4K editing.
An introduction to EDIUS 8 - part 2 - Quick Sync playback
EDIUS has been able to export video to H.264 using Intel Quick Sync since version 6. With EDIUS 8 Grass Valley are also using Quick Sync to help play back H.264 files.