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Magix Movie Edit Pro MX Plus review

Verdict

Movie Edit Pro needed to pull off something special to catch up with its competitors – this update fails to deliver

Review Date: 16 Nov 2011

Reviewed By: Ben Pitt

Price when reviewed: £39 (£47 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
3 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
3 stars out of 6

Ease of Use
3 stars out of 6

There seems to be a stigma about double-digit version numbers for software, leading various publishers to rebrand their products – think Photoshop CS or Corel VideoStudio X. It's not only a cosmetic issue, though. Multiple updates can leave software feeling bloated and unfocused. Sometimes a reboot is needed – an idea Apple embraced with Final Cut Pro X.

Magix's video-editing application is now up to version 18, but the company has ditched the numbers in favour of an MX suffix – short for media exchange. As these letters appear on Magix's other media-related software and online services, we can expect to see tighter integration between them. It's a worthy ambition, but for now it's business as usual for Movie Edit Pro.

Magix Movie Edit Pro MX Plus

The headline feature for this release is an updated video engine, which draws on GPU acceleration via CUDA and OpenCL technology. Magix claims that, on average, it's three times faster than before. Sadly, our tests didn't back this up. Preview performance was indistinguishable from version 17, with both versions playing only three simultaneous AVCHD streams on our Core i7-870 PC before dropping frames. Export performance was actually slower than version 17 in our tests, usually by around 8%, but in one instance by almost 30%.

Magix's website quotes specific tests that it has done to deliver export performance increases of over 300%, but points out that it "made the deliberate decision to exclude current high-performance systems" in its tests. If this explains the difference between its test results and ours, that doesn't bode well for the new engine's ability to take advantage of a fast processor.

Magix also lists an accelerated effects preview function among its new features. After much head scratching, we eventually tracked it down to a right-click Start Preview Rendering command, which rendered complex sections of the timeline for smooth previews. Various other editors employ a similar technique, but do so in the background when the system is idle. Magix's implementation must be invoked manually, whereupon all further editing is suspended until it's complete. This often involved long waits – a 90-second AVCHD clip with an Old Movie effect took 12 minutes to render. Any changes to a clip, and even just moving the clip on the timeline, meant the whole process had to be started again from scratch.

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User comments

Magix Movie Review

It's hardly fair to compare a product costing £47 with a product costing in excess of £500. There would certainly be something wrong if the expensive product didn't deliver a far superior result.

By twocans2 on 17 Nov 2011

@twocans2

Sorry, the link was to the wrong version of Vegas - fixed now.

By benpitt on 18 Nov 2011

Compatibility problems

Magix have so far been unable to sort out a compatiblity problem,with 3d titles. Its so far not up to scratch and Im going to dump it

By Birdmanf6 on 31 Dec 2011

Compatibility problems

Further to my last comment
magix have now informed me that the 3D function is not working on all computers.So download the trial before you buy.

By Birdmanf6 on 5 Jan 2012

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