EDIUS’ major strengths are the speed of the editing, its reliability and the real-time performance. It is probably true to say you could do a job faster and more reliably in EDIUS than any other editor.
EDIUS not only has excellent editing functionality but also has many advanced compositing features built in including animatable, feathered masks. Its realtime performance is also excellent, only matched by Adobe Premiere Pro and their MERCURY PLAYBACK ENGINE (which requires a specific graphic card, where as EDIUS’ performance is totally dependant on the CPU).
EDIUS is the fastest program for making Blu-ray discs or MP4 files because it supports Intel’s QUICK SYNC technology found on their standard i7 and i5 processors - Intel Sandybridge, Ivybridge, Haswell, Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake processors.
EDIUS 7 shipped in July 2013 and added support for third party devices from Blackmagic, and support for 4K formats. EDIUS 8 shipped at the end of June 2015. EDIUS 8 had a streamline interface, and a new program called MYNC for cataloguing footage.
EDIUS 9 was released at the start of November 2017. In the first release Grass Valley added support for HDR projects and different dolour spaces, as well as proper HDR export. Version 9.1, released in January 2018 add support for H.265 encoding with Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake processors. There will be more features added over the next two years; we do not have full details of the new features as yet and will post more information on these when they appear. The only features that we have been told will appear are support for synchronising clips for multi-camera using the audio; in the Workgroup version there will be integrated subtitles and background rendering.
One of the biggest advantages for EDIUS is its stability. To say you will never have a crash is not something we would like to promise, however, many of our customers say just that!
EDIUS 9 is now available and you can order it using the links you will find here: http://www.dvctraining.co.uk/shop/Ordering-EDIUS-or-EDIUS-upgrades.html.
If you buy using the links on this website you will actually be ordering from the European distributors for EDIUS, but will be able to get support from me in the UK as well as from them.
You can buy full versions of either the Workgroup or Pro version and there are upgrades from EDIUS 8 to EDIUS 9 as well as a jump upgrade from older versions of EDIUS to EDIUS 9.
See below for more information on the difference between EDIUS Workgroup and Pro.
The EDIUS licence lets you use EDIUS on one machine at a time. You are allowed to install it on two computers, but you are only supposed to use one machine at a time. If you are using your copy of EDIUS on two computers at the same time you are breaking the licence agreement; you should buy two copies if you are planning to use both at the same time. You can activate your copy of EDIUS twice and deactivate it twice in one month. . If you loose all your activations because a computer has crashed or been re-installed then you will need to contact Grass Valley support to get your serial number re-enabled.
This is fairly similar to other editing programs. Avid will only let you have one activation although you can activate/deactivate as much as you want; Premiere lets you have 2 activations, and with the Creative Cloud you can log in and out of the software when you need to.
EDIUS Pro needs to connect to the internet once a month to validate the licence.
In early versions of EDIUS you did not need to connect to the Internet at all, and used a USB dongle to licence the software; since EDIUS 6.5 the software has been activated over the internet. With EDIUS Workgroup this only needs to be done once and you never need to connect to the internet again. There is also an offline activation feature.
EDIUS Pro has to be activated via the internet and has to check the licence once a month via the web. If you do not do this the program will stop working until it can be validated. This does not cost any money and if your computer is on the internet permanently you may not even notice. If you do not use your computer for 2 or 3 months this is not a problem. You will need to connect to the internet to reactivate EDIUS when you next start the computer but the fact that you did not use connect for a couple of months is not an issue. You also need to create an "EDIUS ID", which is a very simple process, just like creating a webshop account.
If you do not want to connect your machine to the Internet or are not allowed to then you will need to buy the Workgroup version.
EDIUS Workgroup does not need to connect to the internet
You can activate EDIUS Workgroup using the offline activation and then you never need to connect to the Internet with the EDIUS computer again.
There are definite advantages of connecting your machine to the Internet and making a Grass Valley EDIUS ID to register and activate your software, but with the Workgroup version you do not need the EDIUS machine to be on the internet. There are quite a few differences between Workgroup and Pro which are mainly aimed at giving more broadcast-oriented features in the Workgroup version. There is a full list of the differences between the Workgroup and Pro versions below.
You are not allowed to resell your copy of EDIUS to anyone else.