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Pure Motion EditStudio
a British software company take on the big boys in the budget video
editing arena and hope to succeed? Well, that's just what Pure Motion
is trying to do with V4.1 of EditStudio
The first time we
looked at the Windows budget analogue/DV editing program EditStudio
from Stockport-based Pure Motion, it was at version 2.1 and, though
reasonably functional, it had a few teething problems. We revisited
the program at V3 and were sufficiently impressed to give it a Good
Value award for its array of upmarket features. Now, we're looking at
the latest iteration, V4.1, to see what progress has been made.
One area where things haven't moved on much is the packaging - the boxed
version we were sent (£90 inc VAT) looks uninspiring and isn't
going to win any awards for design - though that may not matter as long
as sales remain restricted to Pure Motion's web site, rather than retail
Pure Motion offers various tasters on its website. These include a 30-day
trial version of the editor (14.6MByte download) and the opportunity
to use with it V1.3.1 of Media Chance's impressive authoring program
DVD-lab. Media Chance's program can then be bought at a reduced price
of £49 with a valid EditStudio User ID code. The total for a full
editing and DVD authoring solution would be £139 or £159
if bought with a two-port OHCI FireWire card.
EditStudio 4 is packed full of useful features and easy to use,
even when applying keyframes and creating picture-in-picture effects.
Its new FireWire preview option is a welcome addition - as are widescreen
editing and export - and its on-screen previewing is hugely improved.
What we'd like to see in the next version, though, is real-time previewing
in the trimming window - the absence of this hinders frame-accurate
editing. It would also be good if chapter markers could be carried over
Although two less-expensive editing competitors - Pinnacle Studio 9
and Ulead VideoStudio 7 - offer DVD authoring as standard, EditStudio
is undoubtedly excellent value in all its variants. The £90 version
includes Main Concept's highly respected MPEG encoder - which alone
costs £90 - while the £139 version further adds the excellent
DVD-lab, which sells for US$99.
We hope that Pure Motion's program enjoys the level of sales it deserves,
but worry that the marketing muscle of its competitors will continue
to leave Edit Studio overshadowed, and mean that a lot of potential
users will miss out.
Read the full review
in May 2004's Computer Video magazine.
Reviewed in this issue:
CyberLink PowerProducer 2.0
Magix Movies on CD & DVD 2.0
Pure Motion EditStudio 4
Shining CitiDisk DV
Ulead DVD Workshop 2
Wacom Graphire 3 Studio XL
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