Video Editing Interface
On first running the program, you see the Create Project window, in which you can specify resolution, frame rate, file location, and other basic settings. The company has added Social Media formats here, including square and vertical 9:16. You now only see the “Create proxy files” option if you open the movie settings dialog later; this is a good choice for speeding up editing actions.
Magic Video Maker – Video Editor with music v3.0.5 MOD APK Premium interface presents flat-style button icons for all the effect types, with gray borders and a near-black editing area. It’s an attractive, clean-looking interface. Unlike most video programs, Movie Edit Pro puts its video preview panel at top left, with the content and effect source panel to its right.
The source panel has tabs at top for Import, Effects, Templates, Audio, and Store. Except for Import, which shows your content folders, each of these opens colored tiles for included effects and media. There’s a search bar, but it doesn’t work with the Store tab.
There’s not a lot of guidance inside the program to get you started, though there is a website with tutorial videos. There are no in-app guided edit tutorials like those of Adobe Premiere Elements, but there is a sample video project to show off the program’s possibilities like that offered in Pinnacle Studio. Note that this and many movie templates are only available in the paid version, not in the free trial version.
Unlike Adobe Premiere Elements and Pinnacle Studio, Magix doesn’t use top-level mode buttons to switch among importing and organizing content, editing, and outputting. There are buttons at top left to switch among editing, burning disc projects, and uploading.
Noticeably missing is an Import or Organize mode. Like Apple Final Cut Pro X, Magix Movie Edit lets you include multiple movie sequences within a project. Tabs above the timeline let you switch among them, and as noted at the outset, a new menu option lets you add, remove, or merge these project movies.
Working With the Timeline
Magix doesn’t have a clear Import procedure. The Import tab in the source panel simply shows the disk folder tree. There’s no Import menu option like you’ll find in every other video editing program (and there’s no File Close menu option either).
The program doesn’t have any organization tools, such as tagging, let alone the auto-tagging you find in some products. You can, however, create a new folder in Windows that will show up under the Media entry in the Import tab, as long as you right-click it and choose Add link. An Android app called Camera MX lets you transfer from your phone over Wi-Fi.
Test video clips from my iPhone 4K video still display upside down, something I’ve run into previously with PowerDirector. You can use the rotation tool to fix this, but it would be nice not to have to.
The Active Destination Track lets you click on a track header to give it focus, and when you drop a clip from your source with the insert button, the clip lands in the selected track exactly at the playhead position.
This is something PowerDirector also does, but that program handles the situation better when there’s already content at the target location, asking whether you want to overwrite, insert, or replace the existing clip.
When Magix encounters a track location that already contains media, it simply adds the new material to the end of the current track. Pinnacle Studio offers even more control in this area, with its 3- and 4-point editing tools.
The storyboard view of your movie’s clips offers more than most competitors’ equivalents. Icons for text, sound volume, and transitions let you perform those actions. Frustratingly, however, I could not drag clip tiles to reposition them in the movie in storyboard view.
It’s easy to do this in timeline view, however. Moving around in and zooming the timeline seems natural using the mouse wheel.
You can also easily drag and drop clips to different tracks and positions, but there’s no editing mode that lets you move a clip in front of another while moving the second clip to the right. When you move a clip it simply covers over the existing clip. I wish the video preview pane had an in-place pause button, however, since hitting stop also takes you to the beginning of the clip.