The video editing software with more options for creating perfect videos: MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 15 Plus unifies highly precise video editing tools and numerous uniquely customizable special effects with professional audio dubbing. Transform your PC into … see full wiki
Magix is one of Europe's largest software publishers. They have an interesting line of very competitively priced consumer graphics, music and audio applications. The company tries very hard to turn out a solid product, although some of their releases have been buggy.
Movie Edit Pro 15 Plus tries very hard to be the top-of-the-line consumer video editor and, quite honestly, it comes very close.
The killers are 1) a somewhat less than intuitive interface and 2) poorly translated English help files and manuals.
The Movie Edit Pro (MEP) will take a little time to figure out. In particular, the "Edit Pool", the area you would normally associate with gathering clips is multi-function. Way too multi-function. You can use it to open projects, catalog movies, use it like a rack to hold clips, apply effects, capture YouTube and other videos and much - too much - more. (Amazingly, with all this clutter and multi-functionality, everything works!)
Magix nice enough to supply two small format printed manuals. Unfortunately, the English translation is poor. I wish they had spent the money to hire a more fluent translator.
As a result, learning the program is a very frustrating and time consuming process, far more so than it should be. I am spending a lot of time in trial-and-error learning, which I don't appreciate. However, there are so many features, that I am hoping the extra effort is worthwhile.
In terms of features, Magix is trying to outdo its competition (including the far more expensive products) and including a ton of features. Neuther the Magix website nor the Amazon description, which is taken from the Magix product brochure, does justice to the product. Even though the translation is awful, download the Movie Edit Pro manual from the Magix website before you buy to get a better idea of all this program can do.
So far, Movie Edit Pro 15 Plus has been rock-steady running under Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit, which is more than I can say for Pinnacle and Adobe Premier Elements. Performance is pretty speedy. Magix provides codecs for nearly all the major video formats. One problem with the MP4 codec (which is from a top-of-the line publisher): no documentation. Thus, picking the right format for some portable devices is trial-and-error.
Overall, it it weren't for the poor translation of the very necessary documentation, I'd give this product five-stars. It will take you longer to learn because of the lack of good documentation, but Movie Edit Pro 15 Plus has a lot of features and is very stable. That makes it worthwhile, in my opinion.