PROS / You can place any type of media on the editing tracks of the timeline.
CONS / It takes a while to download and install the effects library.
VERDICT / Verdict: This program offers professional-level tools in a consumer-level application, making it a good choice for both novice and advanced video editors.
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Plus earns the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for video editing software because it allows you to achieve professional-level results with a consumer-level program. It’s a great program whether you're a greenhorn or veteran video editor. It has many of the tools the Hollywood pros use to make movies, TV shows and commercials, and it makes them accessible to users of any skill level.
When we tested the best video editing software, we tracked how easy it is for video makers to learn and use the software. We found that MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Plus has a bit of a learning curve, but it’s nothing that can’t be overcome by putting in some time getting to know the software and its workflow. Veteran users should be able to get the hang of it with few problems, but beginners or casual users may find it slightly difficult the first time through.
One of the tests we conducted was an output quality test. We used each program to compress a high-resolution file into a smaller size. Our video experts then examined the results on an ultra-high resolution screen, searching for imperfections in the video such as pixelation, compression artifacts and motion blur. MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Plus performed excellently in this test. Our video experts were only able to detect small flaws in the video. You should expect to have a perfect (or near perfect) picture when you use this software.
We used each program on our lineup to create an identical 40-second test project. It took our video experts about 35 minutes to complete the video. This was significantly faster than the average time of 43 minutes. However, it took about two minutes for the program to export the finished video; the average export time among all the products in our review was 71 seconds.
The timeline is the most fundamental tool for any video editing program, and MAGIX Movie Edit Pro’s is fundamentally different from those of the other applications we reviewed. Other video editors dedicate their editing tracks to specific types of media like video, audio and text. MAGIX gives you 99 tracks that you can put any type of media on. This greatly increases the flexibility of the program, especially for complex projects. It simplifies the workflow and allows you to use fewer tracks to build your video project.
The software also features a simplified storyboard mode. This is a great tool for beginner, novice and casual users because it allows you to see all the elements in your project regardless of how long they run on the timeline. It also allows you to bring in your elements in a broad-strokes fashion, then move into the timeline to fine-tune your project.
This video editing software also employs what is known as proxy editing. This feature creates lower-resolution versions of your footage for you to work with. When you’re finished with your project, the program exports from the original files. This is a great feature because it decreases the time you spend waiting for video files to render in the editing space. Few consumer-level video editing programs utilize proxy editing.
When you install MAGIX Movie Edit Pro, you’ll get a decent library of effects, transitions and other elements to work with to enhance your footage and clips. However, you must download most of them immediately after installation. This can take a while. In our testing phase, it took us more than an hour to download and install the complete effects library.
The picture is only half the story in any video project – audio is just as important. In addition to letting you add effects and enhancements to your sound, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Plus features an audio mixer that allows you to fine-tune all your audio to exactly how you want it. As with many of the advanced tools in this software, you’ll have to spend some time getting to know how to use it to its full potential.
This video editor offers many of the tools found in professional-level applications, like chroma key (green screen), masking tools, motion tracking, 3D editing, video stabilizers and more. MAGIX offers several ways to learn how to use these features both in the program and online.
One of the more useful features in the best video editing software is multi-cam functionality. This allows you to take footage of the same event from several sources and sync them up in your editor. You can then easily switch between angles in real time. This gives you a great deal of control over how your finished video will work and saves you tons of time over syncing and editing these videos manually.
Another cutting-edge tool found in this video editing software is the ability to import, edit and manipulate 360-degree video. This is a great boon for movie makers who have cameras with this cutting-edge technology. Only the award-winning programs in our review have this capability.
One more editing feature of note is the Movie Edit Touch app that’s available for Android mobile devices. This app lets you edit movies on the go and even transfer what you’ve done on your smartphone or tablet to your desktop computer. This is a convenient feature for editors who don’t like being tethered to a desk when they work.
Export & Production
When your project is finished, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Plus offers you several ways to get it in front of an audience. You have the option not only to export your movies into eight of the most popular video formats, but also to optimize them for playback on specific types of mobile devices like Android and iOS. It also allows you to upload your videos directly to Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube without leaving the program.
Help & Support
Learning to use this software could be difficult for some users, but MAGIX provides all the resources you need to learn and use the software to its full potential. You can navigate the MAGIX website and watch some video tutorials about the basic functions of the program. For truly detailed info on how the program works, you can access the help menu, which breaks down every tool and feature and how to use it, within the program.
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Plus is great software for video editors of any skill level. You may need to invest some time getting to know how it all works, but it’s well worth it, and MAGIX offers plenty of options to help you learn. It’s one of the best video editing applications we reviewed.