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Review: Grass Valley EDIUS 8

Review: Grass Valley EDIUS 8

“EDIUS 8’s new interface will make any editor feel right at home while the new features will justify an update for returning users. Everyone should try EDIUS even if just to experience its speed and format compatibility. Minor nit-picks are can be easily overlooked.” – Peter Zunitch | Videomaker Magazine

“When we last visited EDIUS (v7, December 2013) we were incredibly impressed with its processing speed and the vast variety of codecs it supported. We’re happy to report that this hasn’t changed. The new version 8 release is snappy, stable and simply put, just plain enjoyable to use.

Overview

The first item of note is the reduced tier system, a move that’s always welcome. Gone are 7’s Neo and Elite editions. EDIUS Pro and Workgroup are the only options. Workgroup, available for $1000, is designed for multiple-seat, overlapping environments with added support watch folders, advanced import/export/media management features, loudness meters and captioning. For this article however, our testing was performed on a Windows 7 laptop with a Core i7-4600M and 16GB of RAM running a pre-release build of EDIUS 8.1 Pro.

Installation was relatively painless. New users are required to create an EDIUS account and then associate their registration key with it. The GV License manager will require you to check in about once every 60 days to verify this license. Those familiar with Adobe’s Creative cloud will be more than familiar with all of this and indeed may even find the Grass Valley implementation a little less intrusive.

Interface Refresh

Editors new to EDIUS 8 will find themselves comfortable with its newly-refreshed interface from the moment they enter it, even though it can be customized through the roof. We love the idea of switching between single and dual monitor edit layouts, and could identify virtually every icon’s function on first sight. Buttons are placed logically and conveniently. That said, we soon felt the urge to scale back and remove some of the bits we don’t use very often and make our own slightly cleaner layout, a process we could easily accomplish.” – Peter Zunitch | Videomaker Magazine

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Posted by Spencer Knuttila