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Unfortunately from Friday 10th March 2017 DVC has ceased trading. We would like to thank our customers for their support over the years. For a short time we may be able to offer limited technical support. Please email support@dvc.uk.com and we will try to help where possible.

Grass Valley EDIUS



EDIUS 6 Box

EDIUS' major strengths are the speed of the editing, its reliability and the realtime performance. It is probably true to say you could do a job faster and more reliably in EDIUS than any other editor.

EDIUS not only has excellent editing functionality but also has many advanced compositing features built in including animatable, feathered masks.  Its realtime performance is also excellent, only matched by Adobe Premiere Pro and their MERCURY PLAYBACK ENGINE (which requires a specific graphic card, where as EDIUS' performance is totally dependant on the CPU). 

EDIUS is the fastest program for making Blu-ray discs or MP4 files because it supports Intel's QUICK SYNC technology found on their Sandybridge, Ivybridge, Haswell & Skylake processors.

EDIUS 7 shipped in July 2013 and added support for third party devices from Blackmagic, and support for 4K formats.  EDIUS 8 shipped at the end of June 2015.  EDIUS 8 had a streamline interface, and a new program called the GV Browser for cataloguing footage.  Grass Valley have been adding more features to the program since it was released and will continue to do so until EDIUS 9 is available. We have not date for EDIUS 9 arriving as yet although it will probably be in the latter half of 2017.

Since EDIUS 8 was released Grass Valley have added a new colour correction filter, motion tracking in the mask filter and useful options like project templates. You can see information on this here: What's new in EDIUS 8?

Stability

One of the biggest advantages for EDIUS is its stability. To say you will never have a crash is not something we would like to promise, however, many of our customers say just that!

Buying EDIUS

EDIUS 8, and upgrades from EDIUS 7 to EDIUS 8 are freely available.  EDIUS Pro 8 has almost the same feature set as EDIUS Pro 7, but a couple of features were removed. EDIUS Pro 8 also requires that your computer connects to the internet once a month to validate the licence.  EDIUS Workgroup 8 has all the features of EDIUS Pro 7 and some additional features.  See the EDIUS Workgroup and Pro tab for more information.



The EDIUS licence lets you use EDIUS on one machine at a time.  You are allowed to install it on two computers, but you are only supposed to use one machine at a time.  If you are using your copy of EDIUS on two computers at the same time you are breaking the licence agreement; you should buy two copies if you are planning to use both at the same time.  You can activate your copy of EDIUS twice and deactivate it twice in one month.  This limitation was added in November 2013; previously you could only have two "active" activations but you could activate and deactivate as many times as you liked.  If you loose all your activations because a computer has crashed or been re-installed then you will need to contact Grass Valley support to get your serial number re-enabled.  Although we will do our best to help at DVC we have no control over the activation procedure.

This is fairly similar to other editing programs.  Avid will only let you have one activation although you can activate/deactivate as much as you want; Premiere lets you have 2 activations, and with the Creative Cloud you can log in and out of the software when you need to.

EDIUS Pro 8 needs to connect to the internet once a month to validate the licence.
In previous versions of EDIUS you did not need to connect to the Internet at all. Even the activation could be done "offline".  With EDIUS 8 the Pro version has to check the licence once a month.  If you do not do this the program will stop working until it can be validated.   This does not cost any money and if your computer is on the internet permanently you may not even notice.

If you do not use your computer for 2 or 3 months this is not a problem. You will need to connect to the internet to reactivate EDIUS when you next start the computer but the fact that you did not use connect for a couple of months does not cause a problem.

If you do not want to connect your machine to the Internet or are not allowed to then you will need to buy the Workgroup version which never has to connect to be verified.

EDIUS Workgroup 8 does not need to connect to the internet.
You can activate EDIUS Workgroup using the offline activation and then you never need to connect to the Internet with the EDIUS computer again.

There are definite advantages of connecting your machine to the Internet and making a Grass Valley user account to register and activate your software, but with the Workgroup version you do not need the EDIUS machine to be on the internet. There are quite a few differences between Workgroup and Pro which are mainly aimed at giving more broadcast-oriented features in the Workgroup version.  The Internet activation requirements are the major practical difference which is not related to broadcast features, of which you need to be aware.  You can see a video regarding the other differences here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/An-Introduction-to-EDIUS-8.html

You are not allowed to resell your copy of EDIUS to anyone else.



EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup

With EDIUS 8 there are two versions of EDIUS 8 - EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup.

The two versions are very similar.  EDIUS Workgroup has the following additional features:

  • Option to drop the playback resolution of the timeline to help playback complicated effects without rendering.
  • Connect to external storage via FTP
  • Avid DNxHD support for MXF files - available as an option for Pro, built in to Workgroup.  This was also option for EDIUS 7 Pro
  • Connect to Stratus, connect to K2 SAN.
  • Dolby E pass through - if the files have Dolby-E then this is passed through without re-encoding 
  • ANC Data (captioning) pass through.

The following are features that were in EDIUS Pro 7 and are now only in EDIUS Workgroup so you will lose these features if you upgrade from EDIUS Pro 7 to EDIUS Pro 8. If you need these features you should upgrade to EDIUS Workgroup 8:

  • Audio monitoring mode - lets you monitor multi-channel audio on a 2 speaker system.
  • EDIUS watch folders - Tell EDIUS to keep and eye on a folder on your computer and anything which is dropped into that folder appears in the EDIUS bin.
  • Edit growing files - edit files as they are captured.
  • Loudness monitoring -EDIUS will play the timeline and tell you where it does not meet certain loudness standards.
  • Generic MXF exporter - EDIUS Workgroup will export files in MXF format, EDIUS Pro will not, although EDIUS Pro will make XDCAM-EX style MXF files.
  • Dolby Pro licence option - Add a Pro version of Dolby encoding. This was an option for EDIUS Pro 7, although it did not ship with EDIUS 7. Now it is only an option for EDIUS Workgroup 8, you cannot add it to the Pro 8 version.
  • Some future updates may be for EDIUS Workgroup and not for EDIUS Pro. With EDIUS 8 Grass Valley have said they will be adding new features to EDIUS during the life of EDIUS 8. EDIUS 9 is probably going to be available mid-2017 which means there will be several major updates to the program in the meantime. Also promised sometime is an automatic loudness correction feature which we would expect to be in the Workgroup version ONLY, since the loudness meter is only in the Workgroup version.
    The only feature so far which has been included in the Workgroup version and not the Pro version is the option to drop the playback resolution. Of course, it is possible there will be a really useful featured added to Workgroup and not Pro that you would really like and is not specifically broadcast related. Of course, if this happens you can always decide to upgrade to the Workgroup version as that time.
  • Internet connection required for Pro - with the Pro version of EDIUS you have to connect to the internet once a month to validate the licence. You only pay for the software once - when you buy it - and do not pay every month. However, your machine must connect to the Internet once a month otherwise EDIUS will stop working and will not work again until the computer is connected to the Internet again.
    If your machine is always connected to the Internet then you do not have to do anything, EDIUS will automatically check the licence with not intervention from you.
    If you do not use the machine for 2 months then the computer will simply need to be connected to the Internet when you turn it on again. You do not have to turn the computer on every month; simply after a month EDIUS will not work again until you have plugged the machine into the Internet. Once activated, which EDIUS will do automatically simply by running the program, you can disconnect from the Internet again for another 30 days.
    If you do not want to put your computer on the Internet every month (some people do not like to connect their editing computer to the Internet at all) you have to buy the Workgroup version of EDIUS.


EFFECTS

EDIUS has a huge list of effects, including some features normally found in compositing programs like keyframable masks.  It has one of the best realtime chromakeyers available, excellent high quality picture in picture effects, nice blending modes , good film-like looks through the old movie filter (again not something that comes with Premiere or most other editing programs), and colour correction that quickly and easily gets the shot looking like you want.

It also has keyframable slow motion - which you can apply both to picture and sound - and which is both completely realtime and excellent quality.

One of the nicest additions to EDIUS 6.5 (also in EDIUS 7 & 8) is high quality LANCZOS scaling which means the quality of EDIUS' picture in picture effects and when downscaling from HD to SD you get a better result.

Click here to learn more about EDIUS' range of effects.



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EDIUS has good titling built-in as standard, using QuickTitler, which can do static, rolling and crawling titles. However if you want animated titles and graphics there is an extra plug-in called VisTitle. VisTitle can do animated text, per character, text on a path, handwriting, particle effects and a lot more and is easy to use.

Click here to learn more about VisTitle and other EDIUS titling options.



Hardware support

Ideally we like to add an extra device to an editing system for two reasons:

1. To playback your edits onto a proper video monitor, rather than rely on the "preview" quality display from the graphic card.
2. To let you capture video through analogue, HDMI or SDI.

Playback to a TV or video monitor

EDIUS can play back video full screen on a computer monitor without any additional hardware.  Modern graphic cards will let you have 3 monitors attached so you could conceivably have two screens showing the EDIUS interface and a third with a full screen playback of the video, however, this will always be the playback of a graphic card rather than a proper video image.  The image may sometimes "tear", the colour and brightness levels will differ from a proper video device and it will always be a progressive picture. 

A better way is to add additional hardware which will let you see a proper video image on a TV or monitor.  Grass Valley make some of their own cards and also support third party devices from Blackmagic, Matrox and AJA. Matrox devices only work with EDIUS if you use the Windows 7 drivers. The Windows 8 drivers will cause EDIUS to crash. This will not be fixed so you would only use a Matrox device with EDIUS if you already own one. AJA devices are limited to preview only currently. Support for capturing footage should be added at a later date. For these reasons Blackmagic are the most popular devices for use with EDIUS.

Capture

EDIUS will talk to DV and HDV cameras via a standard FireWire. It can also output more in real time at full quality through FireWire than any other editing program. Capture is in either HD or SD depending on the format.  Realtime output through FireWire is always only SD.

For analogue, HDMI & SDI you will need to add am i/o card.  These cards will normally also output video for you.  Blackmagic tend to be the most popular since they are inexpensive and work well.  There are advantages to use, for example, a Matrox MXO2 with some programs, such as Premiere Pro, but with EDIUSMatrox and Blackmagic have the same abilities.  Grass Valley cards are the best "quality" in terms of build but cost considerably more than Blackmagic devices so most uers tend to buy Blackmagic.

The most popular card is the Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K which handles component, composite, SVIDEO and HDMI in and out and outputs at video resolutions of up to UHD.  It also has a Time Base Corrector built-in which can "clean up" bad signals and let you capture video off old decks that would not work on other devices.   Blackmagic also have a range of devices which are PCIe, USB3 or Thunderbolt.  Of these the USB3 versions have been slightly "problematic" with EDIUS.

You can read more about the Blackmagic range of i/o cards here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_capture_cards.html

The Grass Valley cards are also available.  Click here for full information on these cards.



HD Support

EDIUS normally supports new formats quicker than other programs.  It was the first program to properly support HDV editing, and the first to take AVCHD formats as well.

Click here for information on how EDIUS deals with different formats.

Making DVD, Blu-ray & different types of file

EDIUS has DVD & Blu-ray creation built-into the program. With EDIUS' print to disc option you choose a template for the menu, and then all the chapter and navigation buttons are created from the template.  You can thoroughly customise the menus, using your own graphics and background and as well as using a video background and moving thumbnail images for buttons.  Markers on the timeline and these become the chapter markers on the disc.

The discs consist of a main menu, followed by a chapter menu for every title on the disc. Beyond this you cannot add a more complex menu structure, or have slideshows or other audio tracks and subtitles.  EDIUS' disc writing us quick an simple, if lacking some of the more advanced features of a program like Adobe Encore.

EDIUS also exports to a wide variety of files and formats - MP4 files for upload to YouTube, MPEG2 files, XDCAM & P2, as well as AVCHD files which you can even record back onto an AVCHD camera.

Click here to read more about EDIUS' DVD and Blu-ray writing, and other output options.



STEREOSCOPIC EDITING

EDIUS is one of the best programs for editing stereoscopic footage.  This was added in EDIUS 6.5 and widely praised across the industry.  It has tools for fixing convergence issues (so you can decide exactly where the items you are viewing appear in 3D space) and can handle just about any Stereoscopic footage.  MVC encoded 3D footage plays very well inside EDIUS, something with which most other programs struggle. Some programs, like Avid, do not even understand MVC footage in the first place.

EDIUS can output to many types of 3D file as well as make discs in 3D formats - although it cannot make full 1920x1080 3D Blu-ray.



How does EDIUS compare to the competition?

This is a question we get asked a lot. The biggest reasons you would choose EDIUS is for its reliability and speed. It is great for large and complex projects and its very unlikely you will get a crash with it! It also handles new video formats quicker than other programs.

EDIUS lacks some of the features (big and small) found in other editing programs, and does not have the integration with other programs that are available in the Adobe Creative Cloud. But then it does have some useful features not found in other programs - you can rip video off non-copyright DVDs and re-edit them in EDIUS, for example.

To help we have written some comparisons to other programs which you can read here: 

Click here for an in depth comparison between EDIUS, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve..


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