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1.0 of Canopus's mid-market video editing program was a few bricks short
of a load. How much of an improvement is Edius 1.5, and can it compete
with better established alternatives?
While the popularity
of video editing has grown hugely as a result of OHCI-standard hardware
and software that work together out of the box, there are benefits in
ignoring standards if it gives better control of both ends of the desktop
editing equation. Hardware and software can be made to work in greater
harmony with increased stability and performance - as Canopus has often
shown with its basic Edit software running on a selection of the company's
own hardware, to produce some of the most stable desktop video platforms
we've used. But that particular combination also shows the potential
drawback of going it alone. Edit may be stable, but it's not as fully
featured as Adobe Premiere. So, in the past, Canopus has had to rely
on Adobe's software to provide more editing power.
In March 2003, however, Canopus released Edius - its own competitor
to Premiere. The program has improved rapidly and is now at version
1.5, which we're reviewing here. However, despite Edius, Canopus has
still pledged to continue providing hardware support for Adobe Premiere.
This is in contrast to Pinnacle's termination of its long-term relationship
with Adobe as the company wants to push its own editor, Liquid (previously
Edius isn't a radical piece of software, but that doesn't stop it
being very effective. Canopus has done a good job so far in what is
still essentially the first version of the program. As a timeline editor,
it's extremely fluid and productive. With the close integration of hardware
and software, we also found it very stable, and didn't experience a
single crash the whole time we were editing. It's possible to perform
the majority of everyday editing tasks entirely in real-time. With the
appropriate Storm hardware, DV and MPEG output are in real-time, too
- only web files take longer, but even Windows Media was rendering at
around 7fps in our tests.
Edius has a lot of potential for the future, too. Operation is independent
of resolution or frame-rate, so high definition is a viable possibility.
It wouldn't take much extra code to support 24P DV or JVC's new consumer
HD format in the near future. The only major omission is timeline-integrated
DVD authoring. Canopus also lags behind Pinnacle - and even further
behind Matrox - in terms of its range of more esoteric special effects.
But, whereas Edit was limited to quite prosaic editing situations, Edius
has enough to allow the sort of adventurous editing many professionals
will need. It's a capable piece of software, and promises to take Canopus
from being an interesting niche player to a mainstream competitor for
Matrox, Pinnacle and even Adobe.
Read the full review
in February 2004's Computer Video magazine.
Reviewed in this issue:
Primera Bravo DVD Publisher
Siren DVD Duplication Station
Avid Xpress Pro
Canopus Edius 1.5
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Toshiba portable Media Center
Forging ahead in sound
Edit-ready Apple PowerMac
LaCie Toast 6 burner bundle
ADS Tech USB2 boxes
Budget Canopus ProCoder
Canopus three-way converter
Discreet 3ds max 6
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