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 / 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 earned the Top Ten Reviews Bronze 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.
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 32 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.
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 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 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), color correction, movement effects and key framing tools. MAGIX offers several ways to learn how to use these features both in the program and online.
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.
Ease of Use
Like all video editing software, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro takes a while to learn to use to its fullest potential. But first-timers should still be able to jump in and get their simple projects done with few problems, especially if they’re using the simplified storyboard mode. You can even have the slideshow maker produce a fully finished project automatically. Once you’ve had a chance to explore what this video editor has to offer, you’ll find it simple to use.
When your project is finished, MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 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 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 software applications we reviewed.