- Far slower project rendering than competitors
- Not much help with difficult procedures
- Lacks import and organization tools
Easy Digital Movies
MAGIX Movie Studio Platinum Crack resemble iTunes’ Trailers, but to get them you have to go to Help > Download Extra Content, which amounts to several gigabytes. Many templates cost extra, as do some other effects like title animations and background music.
To use templates, you fill placeholder thumbnails, which show descriptive diagrams of what should go in them. A panel on the right describes the desired content, such as Action, Close-Up, and Extreme Long Shot. There are 30 holes to fill in the Blockbuster template. Xs appear in the placeholder thumbnails, but you can’t delete shot spaces you don’t want.
Using this template added dramatic music timed to scene changes and added titles in my testing, but it wasn’t as well thought out shot-wise as Premiere Elements’ similar feature. Magix doesn’t let you edit the content during this building process, even to crop or rotate. Once you move a template project to the full editor for customization, you lose the ability to see your project in the template anymore. In all, it’s not a flexible or wizard-driven enough process.
Basic Video Editing
Most trimming in MAGIX Movie Studio Platinum Crack is done right on the timeline, with a razor icon for splitting the current track, which can be switched to Remove Start, Remove End, or Split Movie (to split all tracks at the same point). While you’re trimming a clip in the timeline, the preview window immediately shows the effect of the edit. This is playing catch-up with other software, such as PowerDirector and Premiere Elements, which already work that way.
The Find and Close Gaps option worked as advertised in my test movie. I also like the choice, Fill Blank Space With Still Image, which merely extends the last frame of the clip. You could, of course, simply drop a photo onto the empty timeline space, but this is more automatic and effective, since it’s basically a freeze-frame.
For more precise edits, the Edit trimmer lets you fine-tune a transition between clips, and the Object Trimmer window lets you do so for the start and end of a single clip. The dialog for both these activities is fairly complex, with three panels and no fewer than 25 control buttons. I can see how it would be effective, though getting accustomed to it might take some time.
Unlike most video editing software, Magix doesn’t include a Transition tab in the source panel. Instead you have to hunt in the Templates tab to find them (the Effects tab might make more sense, which some other apps use for transitions). Magix has happily joined the industry in calling transitions transitions instead of fades. You don’t get the vast choice of transitions you get in PowerDirector. For your 3D projects, 10 Stereo fades are on offer. As in most good video editing software these days, you can drag a clip’s corner to produce a cross dissolve transition—the most commonly used transition of all. The Edit Trimmer mentioned above offers detailed control over this type of transition.
Full-Power Video Editing
Double-clicking on a clip’s timeline entry opens the Effects panel, which offers text, lighting, color, chroma-key, distortion, speed, and lens correction (barrel and pincushion adjustment), and movement effects such as size/position and rotation. Some presets offer cool (or goofy, depending on your point of good) motion effects. MAGIX Movie Studio Platinum Crack offers motion-tracking like that in Corel VideoStudio Pro X9, which lets you follow and onscreen object with an image, text, or effect. (More on that below.)
Magix’s new Stabilization tool has a very sparse interface, showing only an Analyze button to start. Once you’ve run that, the button changes to read Clear Motion Data. After running the tool on my test clip, rather than smoothing my camera jerking, the result was wiggly and worse looking than the original video. The old stabilization tool was superior, offering more adjustments of the effect. Users of the Premium edition can take advantage of the proDAD Mercalli plugin, which offers even more control and a more stable result.
Magix has Project Marker and Snap Markers to remind you of important locations in your movie, but those differ from standard keyframes, which the program also supports. Keyframes comprise a powerful video editing technique in Movie Edit Pro. This technique lets you smoothly progress an effect, title, crop, and so on, from one point in a movie to another. In Magix, you can use these with some effects—though not all. Also, the keyframe markers don’t appear in the main timeline; rather, they only appear at the bottom of the Effect panel. PowerDirector, by contrast, has recently made a push to make everything keyframe-able, and its implementation is clearer.
MAGIX Movie Studio Platinum Crack Movie Edit Pro’s motion tracking lets an object follow something that moves around the screen in your video clip. You can use an overlay, such as text, or an effect, such as blur. Tracking is often used to obfuscate license plates or body parts. Magix uses the term Object Tracking for this.
Unlike Corel VideoStudio, which presents a clear motion-tracking button above the timeline, in Magix Movie Edit Pro you have to hunt for the tool. It’s hidden in the right-click context menu when you have an object selected in the timeline below a video clip. You choose Attach to Picture Position in the Video, but only after you’ve positioned the object or text.
After you find the tool, a long-winded dialog box tells you to “Select a picture section for which movements should follow the overlay object.” I did so, and the text box followed the football player I’d attached it to. But there’s no dialog box where you can refine the effect, and adding a tracked blur overlay is much harder than in competing apps. The whole process is way less intuitive than what you get in Corel VideoStudio, which even lets you do multipoint tracking. What’s more Magix doesn’t show you the actual track or let you edit it the way Corel does.
Advanced Movie Effects
Titles. Title templates included in Movie Edit Pro are categorized by their use; for example: intro/outro, caption, and subtitles. The upper two editions of Movie Edit Pro also include animated titles from NewBlue. There are now over 50 3-D title animations, and you can apply simple horizontal and vertical animation to any text you add. Some of them look pretty cool, but you can’t edit their 3-D aspects like depth or angle.
Video Effects. Movie Edit Pro’s Effects panel offers an Artistic filter, with controls for Erosion, Dilate, Emboss, Substitution (for colors), Quantize, Colorize, and Contour. You can get some zany looks with these. The Distortion tool offers Whirlpool, Fisheye, and Kaleidoscope effects, among others, all of which you can combine into one unrecognizable vision.
You can also add objects, such as arrows or a cigar. More downloadable effects and objects include a cartooner, a de-interlacer, noise reduction, and a liquid effect. The extra effects aren’t as well integrated into the program as CyberLink PowerDirector’s plug-ins.
Movie Edit Pro Premium’s Film Looks retro and tone effects can give your picture added impact. Other choices include three Cinema looks, Cold, Warm, Fresh, Tilt Shift, and Vignette. You can easily add plug-in effects with a right click menu option. Chroma-keying is well implemented in the software.
Though it can boast some advanced effects and tools, MAGIX Movie Studio Platinum 188.8.131.52 Crack remains an also-ran video editing program in usability and performance.