MAGIX Video Pro X6 Video Editing Software Review

Image of MAGIX Video Pro timeline with color correction properties.

MAGIX Video Pro X6 video editing software offers professional production starting at a sub-$400 price. It's fully 64-bit with support for 4K and pro cameras, and full of features including multicam editing, stabilization and scalable proxy editing. Additional bonuses, like nested sequences, make it even more interesting.

You may know MAGIX in the U.S. for its broad selection of consumer software for movie and music creation, photo and graphic design, and website creation. From a broader view, MAGIX has branches across North America and Europe, and is the multimedia software leader in Germany.

Plus MAGIX has a similar portfolio of professional software tools, including Samplitude Pro X for audio recording, mixing and mastering, Xara Designer Pro X9 for graphic and image design, and MAGIX Video Pro X6.         

MAGIX positions Video Pro X6 as a pro level video editing tool at $400. It's a significant step up from MAGIX Movie Edit Pro and other consumer video editing tools, but with a traditional interface that should be familiar and comfortable when escaping the limitations of consumer tools. It's strong enough with 64-bit performance, tools and special effects to satisfy the needs of small production companies such as wedding videographers or smaller broadcast stations. You might think of it as occupying the middle ground between consumer and pro, something like Apple's now-discontinued Final Cut Express.

So how does Video Pro X6 stand up to pro-level expectations? The best way to find out is to take a tour through the application, highlighting its new and more distinctive features

What's New

The big news for Video Pro X6 is the move to full native 64-bit support, with an optimized video engine for the Intel Core i7 and new H.264 and audio codecs and GPU acceleration for AVCHD export. With the additional 64-bit headroom, this version has also expanded support for Ultra HD and 4K including editing and export presets. It also adds two 64-bit effects plug-ins: proDAD Mercalli V2 to stabilize shaky videos and Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick Looks templates.

The most impressive new editing feature is support for nested sequences. You can choose an entire video sequence and embed it as a movie object in a project so it can be directly edited with effects and animations. The effects section has also been redesigned, and the important video effects have been GPU-optimized, including an HDR effect.

In addition to usability improvements like better editing handles and keyframe ease in/out, Video Pro X6 also adds four new measuring instruments to precisely monitor your video: Vectorscope to calibrate and check color tint, Waveform Monitor to check levels, Histogram to correct over/under-exposure and RGB parade to analyze the brightness distribution of individual colors. These are GPU optimized to support real-time operation up to 4K resolution. 

Input and Formats

The first test of pro-level video tools is support for a broad range of devices and formats, from Ultra HD consumer cameras to professional cameras. Video Pro X6 stands up very well here, with support for standard SD and HD video formats including AVCHD (progressive), H.264, ProRes, DNxHD and up to professional video formats including DVCPRO and AVC-Intra (although these two require an additional fee of $70 for activation).

Video Pro X6 also supports current DSLRs, and is optimized for popular models including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 7D, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3, and Olympus OM-D cameras. And it provides 3D import, editing and export. 

Editing

For getting your work done, Video Pro X6 provides a traditional editing interface design in a muted grey look. To help new users, it offers a simplified basic editing mode corresponding to Movie Edit Pro, with a drag-and-drop storyboard interface. The full, standard interface then provides dual program and source preview monitors above the timeline, with a media pool window for accessing content and effects and a project folder window to stash and prepare material.

The timeline also offers a scene overview mode for quick organization and rearranging, and a multicam mode with up to nine source tracks and automatic audio synchronization.

You can drag and drop to arrange content on the timeline, with options to move and group clips across one or all tracks. Other tools include time stretching and gap search to find areas of black frames, plus a built-in title editor with templates.

For audio, there are advanced options to automatically recognize tempo to help you adjust video cuts to the beat of a music track, a real-time multi-channel mixer that supports 5.1 surround sound, and a soundtrack mixer to automatically create soundtracks for various moods. And it supports editing MIDI tracks, with input and output device synchronization. 

Effects

Image of MAGIX Video Pro timeline with transitions and effects properties windows.
The media pool tabs provide access to a wide variety of transitions and effects. The collection also includes design elements including collages, backgrounds and intros/outros.

You can load, save and copy effects as your own presets. Then add keyframes to adjust the effect parameters over time, or use the effects curve overlaying the clip in the timeline to adjust and copy the animation. You also can apply effects masks per parameter to modulate the result of the effect based on the intensity of the mask.

Video Pro X6 supports the VirtualDub plug-in format (.vdf) for effects, as well as proDAD VitaScene and Adorage. The general audio effects are augmented with echo/reverb, timestretch/resample, and tools for audio cleaning (noise reduction, equalizer, compressor, Stereo FX). 

Rendering and Export

While Video Pro X6 can import and edit a variety of professional camera formats, its export is focused on traditional file, device, and Web formats. It exports to the standard PC-based video editing file formats, including AVI, WMV (HD), QuickTime and MPEG variants to H.264.

It also transfers to devices including digital camcorders, VHS recorders and mobile devices. And it provides disc authoring for DVD, AVCHD and Blu-rays with menus and chapters. For playback online, you can upload directly to YouTube, Vimeo MAGIX Online Album and showfy.com, or output as a Flash video to embed on a website.

To save time in rendering, you can use the batch converter to export a collection of movies based on a preset. 

Pro Video

After taking a tour of MAGIX Video Pro X6, you can see that it stands up well in providing professional video editing features and flexibility at a mid-range price. If you're stepping up from consumer tools, the interface is familiar and comfortable but without the limitations and restrictions. And with the 64-bit power, tools, effects and format support, it might be all the software you need if you're used to working with pro-level tools.

So download the 30-day free trial, and dive in to see how it works for you. You may discover more interesting bonuses, we haven't even mentioned the panoramic image creator or the travel route animator...

MAGIX Software
www.magix.com
www.pro.magix.com
$400 ($15 disc optional; trial version available) 

Tech Specs

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 and greater
Minimum CPU: Dual core processor with 2.0GHz (Quad-core processor recommended)
Minimum RAM: 2GB
Minimum Hard Drive Space for Installation: 2GB
Graphics/VRAM: Yes with resolution for 1280x1024
License Restrictions: None to note
Requires Internet Connection: Yes

Strengths

  • Professional editing
  • Proxy editing, multicam, 4K, 3D, title editor, color corrector
  • Edit nested sequences as objects

Weaknesses

  • Missing some pro features such as RED camera, closed captions
  • DVCPRO25/50/HD and AVC-Intra codec require additional fee
  • Limited optimization for variety of GPUs

 

Doug Dixon covers digital media at Manifest-Tech.com.

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Mon, 05/26/2014 - 8:19pm

Comments

Magix User

I've been using Magix video, audio and graphic design software since the early 2000's. The software is extremely intuitive yet powerful since they draw from their professional line of products to make their consumer line.  Since I work with digital film independently, I don't need the professional tools Avid or Adobe Premier software offer for broadcast or large team productions. I have Sony Vegas, but never really got into it; because with Magix you just can edit, rather than spending time trying to figure-out a somewhat non-intuitive GUI like Vegas.

 

With regards to Video ProX, I own Version 6, but if you don't need multi-cam, or advanced CODECS like DVCPRO, go with their Movie Edit Pro 2104 Premium for $100:  It's almost the same product and time-tested stable.  Their audio products are amazing also.

 

Worth a try.

I agree entirely

Yes I too have been using Magix software for many years; and always felt it deserved more recognition. Movie Edit Pro has always been so much more intuitive for me, against the usual consumer offerings; a track is just a "track", so none of this "video track" "audio track" etc. for example. I too have Sony Vegas, but found its interface cumbersome.

 

Like you, I also have the latest Movie Edit Pro 2014 Premium, but upgraded to Pro X6 recently on a special offer. One point not really emphasised here is the multi camera or DSLR separate audio sync; it's good, so I rarely use Dualeyes now.

 

Peter 

Magix rarely mentioned feature

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I've used Magix Pro versions for years.  One feature rarely mentioned in reviews is the ability to use multiple formats on the timeline and edit in real time with no transcoding.  Being a bargain hunter, and underwater videographer, I have several (7) HD cameras of different formats.  I'm not about to change from my two Sony A1U cameras because I have 2 underwater housings that cost more than the cameras.  I can put the A1U mpg HD on a timeline, mix it with my Panasonic GH2 mts, and my Canon TX1 HD avi clips and Magix doesn't even hiccup.  Then throw in my Canon HV30 and Canon HF200 and now the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera clips and away we go!!  At concerts I'll use at least 4 cameras with 3 of them remote controlled for pan/tilt/zoom/start/stop/focus and use Magix's multiple cam mode and create a master track in real time. Then I have to go back and finesse the clip cuts a half second or two and I'm done.  Magix gives the option of one track or separate video/audio tracks and keep them locked, or separate them, or lock completely separate clips together in any way desired.  I did have to upgrade my computer for multiple format multi-cam editing, but now my 8 core with SSD C-drive and 16g RAM pretty much does the job.  Sometimes a minor lag due to the format differences, but I can live with it.

Upgrade

VidKid, Each year Magix releases new versions of its software.  For VideoProX, the upgrade is $199.  I personally think that's steep, considering the added features are just incremental improvements or added features you may, or may not use (like professional features such as live multi-cam editing).  I wish Magix would make the upgrade $99, especially going from X5-to-X6.  I've been compensating for the steep upgrade price by upgrading every other year.

X5 will do multi-cam and multi-format

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I started I think with X3, and they did 4 multi-cam, now up to 9 I think.  I seldom use more than 4.  So your X5 will do a lot of X6.  I agree the $199 is steep for incremental benefits.  I think one of the enhancements was faster and better use of other CPU's and 64 bit, even though X5 is 64 bit as I recall.  They did add some outside vendor add-ons for X6, but I seldom use them.  As noted, first time buyers pay $399; upgrades are $199, or half price.  Still, $199 is a lot to pay when you already have most of the features.  I've been using multi-formats since X4, but I think X6 did add some more formats.  Just have to try them.  I also like the way Magix allows creation of multiple timelines, so I create one, longest version, then add one or two more timelines and rename them and make youtube and other versions that are shorter.  Just copy and paste clips as I would with MS Word between timelines. I usually render to MS wmv 720p for upload to youtube.  Good compromise between HD quality and file size.  Magix's screen capture works well also.  One thing that doesn't work too well is multiple monitors.  I sometimes have glitches on the two monitors I use.  I put the Program screen on the 2nd monitor and sometimes is has issues.  Not major.  I just have to go into settings and un-check it, then check again and it returns.

Plug-in's

Scubajam,

 

I went from X4 to X6 and realized that X6 did not have Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks plug-in. I wrote Magix and they told me it wasn't included in X6, so I had to re-install X4 along with X6 to have the Magic Bullet Looks functionality in both programs.

 

Also whenever Video ProX went from 32-bit to 64-bit, the abilty to run NewBlueFX Plugins was lost.  That's why I'm still using Magix's Movie Edit Pro 2014.  I have use of all the NewBlueFX and Red Giant (Looks) plugins.

 

Bart

Thanks

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That upgrade price is definitely a bit steep. (Hopefully, Magix is reading this.)  I started using Magix (Movie Edit Pro 11) back in the early 90's.  It is a good alternative to the high-priced Adobe products.

I wish that I had joined in a long time ago.  You guys provide a lot of wonderful information on video Pro X--. 

I agree, Magix Pro X isn't great on add-ons

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I agree Magix isn't logical on add-ons.  To me, when I buy the best and most expensive version, I want all the bells and whistles of lower priced versions, as well as new and more complicated stuff.  No sense is paying less for more; and really no sense in paying more for less.  One of Magix's quirks.  With the pro version I want all the transistions, plug-ins, and add-ons of all lower priced versions, and all previous versions.  Somehow, that just seems logical to me.  I don't use them like you do, but still, I'm paying more, I want more.  Very simple, give me more stuff for more $$.