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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!

Buying EDIUS

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.

EDIUS Workgroup Pro

With EDIUS 8 there are two versions of EDIUS 8 – EDIUS Pro and  EDIUS Workgroup. The two versions are very similar, and you can edit a project in Pro and then open and edit it in Workgroup and go back to the pro version later with no issues.  EDIUS Workgroup does have some extra features - most of which are aimed at broadcasters. Here is a summary of the features:

  • Option to drop the playback resolution of the timeline to help playback complicated effects without rendering.
    This is very useful if you have very busy effects heavy timelines or using hard to play 4K footage with limited processing power, because you can drop the resolution and the timeline will still play back at the proper speed. Effects will be rendered at lower quality meaning you can see effects that otherwise you would need to render. With EDIUS 9 Pro you would need to render to see the results and any change means you render again. It is not the end of the world if you have to do so, but nicer if you can keep playing the timeline and not waste time rendering.
  • Output UHD 50/60P projects to a monitor using a suitable Blackmagic or AJA card.
    This is a new feature in EDIUS 9 Workgroup. You can view UHD 50/60P full screen just using your graphics card but it is not a proper video signal so not the best way to do this. Using a Blackmagic/AJA card will give you a proper video signal which is great for grading as you will see the image exactly as it will appear on the final output. With EDIUS 9 Pro you can output UHD at 25/30P or full 4K at 24P, and HD at 50/60P, if the hardware supports it, the only settings that you cannot output is UHD at 50/60P even if you have a card that will do so in other programs.
  • Avid DNxHD support for MXF files – available as an option for Pro, built in to Workgroup. 
    This lets you load files that are saved in Avid's specific formats and stored in MXF files. You can make Avid codec files using QuickTime using the Pro version, but more programs are now stopping supporting QuickTime files on Windows since Apple stopped supporting QT for Windows. Some programs, like DaVinci Resolve, have QT Avid support built-in. Others may not - the CC2018 version of Adobe Premiere will remind you constantly that they are dropping support for "legacy" QuickTime files and Adobe have not said if they will still support Avid format files. However, Adobe will continue to support Avid Codec MXF files - which is only possible with the Workgroup version of EDIUS.
    The biggest use for this feature is if collaborating with Avid users. If you want to get a project out of EDIUS and into Avid you can export an AAF with MXF Avid format files, just drop the files into an Avid media folder and import the AAF, and it is very simple to get Avid to link to the files you made in EDIUS. Most other ways of exporting a project to Avid do not work properly. EDIUS can also read any files you have imported or capture in Avid and are in the Avid media folder.
  • Loudness metering an automatic loudness correction on export.
    If you are providing a clip to broadcast then it must be delivered within certain broadcast parameters. EDIUS Workgroup has a loudness meter which will analyse the timeline and point out problems, and also has the option to automatically correct the loudness on export. This is not like using a compressor or other filter to "level out" the audio on the timeline; to do that you need an extra plug-in regardless of which version of EDIUS you use. This is really only something you will need if delivering a file for broadcast.
  • Audio monitoring mode
    Suppose you have two speakers connected to your system but the file you are playing is surround sound. You can hear the left and right speakers but what happens to the other channels - centre, subwoofer etc? Some cameras will let you record on more than two channels and you can have different mikes on different channels - what happens when you play one of these clips in EDIUS? The Workgroup version lets you change how audio is monitored so you can down-mix several channels into 2 and hear them all on your stereo speakers. This mainly changes how you hear the clips when playing them. When editing you can choose which channels go where on the timeline and hear all the channels that you recorded in your final edit in both EDIUS Workgroup AND EDIUS Pro. This Workgroup only feature only really helps you listen to clips when playing them and hear all the channels, but the final edit will be the same.
    In earlier versions of EDIUS you did not have this option and would only hear selected channels when using multichannel clips. Therefore, EDIUS 9 Pro does exactly what EDIUS 4,5 6 and 7 did. This ability was added into the later versions of EDIUS 7Pro but then moved into EDIUS Workgroup when version 8 arrived. However, if you are using an older version of EDIUS and have never found multi-channel audio to be an issue you will not notice any difference choosing EDIUS Pro 9 rather than EDIUS Workgroup 9.
    How to deal with multi-channel audio being added to a stereo timeline is explained in my EDIUS tutorial videos.
  • EDIUS watch folders
    Tell EDIUS to keep and eye on a folder on your computer and anything which is dropped into that folder automatically appears in the EDIUS bin.
  • Edit growing files – edit files as they are captured.
  • Generic MXF exporter – EDIUS Workgroup will export files in MXF format, EDIUS Pro will not, although EDIUS Pro will make XDCAM-EX style MXF files.
  • Dolby Pro licence option – Add a Pro version of Dolby encoding. This was an option for EDIUS Pro 7, although it did not ship with EDIUS 7. Now it is only an option for EDIUS Workgroup 8, you cannot add it to the Pro 9 version.
  • Connect to external storage via FTP
  • Connect to Stratus, connect to K2 SAN.
    Stratus is Grass Valley's media management system, used primarily in news organisation. If you don't have Stratus then you do not need this option.
  • Dolby E pass through – if the files have Dolby-E then this is passed through without re-encoding
  • ANC Data (captioning) pass through.

If upgrading from EDIUS Pro 7 to EDIUS Pro 9 you may notice a couple of features have been removed. The following are features that were in EDIUS Pro 7 and are now only in EDIUS Workgroup so you will lose these features if you upgrade from EDIUS Pro 7 to EDIUS Pro 9.

  • Audio monitoring mode – lets you monitor multi-channel audio on a 2 speaker system.
  • EDIUS watch folders – Tell EDIUS to keep and eye on a folder on your computer and anything which is dropped into that folder appears in the EDIUS bin.
  • Edit growing files – edit files as they are captured.
  • Loudness monitoring -EDIUS will play the timeline and tell you where it does not meet certain loudness standards.
  • Generic MXF exporter – EDIUS Workgroup will export files in MXF format, EDIUS Pro will not, although EDIUS Pro will make XDCAM-EX style MXF files.
  • Dolby Pro licence option – Add a Pro version of Dolby encoding. This was an option for EDIUS Pro 7, although it did not ship with EDIUS 7. Now it is only an option for EDIUS Workgroup 9, you cannot add it to the Pro 8 version.

Internet connection required for Pro

With the Pro version of EDIUS you have to connect to the internet once a month to validate the licence. You only pay for the software once – when you buy it – and do not pay every month. However, your machine must connect to the Internet once a month otherwise EDIUS will stop working and will not work again until the computer is connected to the Internet again.

If your machine is always connected to the Internet then you do not have to do anything, EDIUS will automatically check the licence with not intervention from you.

If you do not use the machine for 2 months then the computer will simply need to be connected to the Internet when you turn it on again. You do not have to turn the computer on every month; simply after a month EDIUS will not work again until you have plugged the machine into the Internet. Once activated, which EDIUS will do automatically simply by running the program, you can disconnect from the Internet again for another 30 days.

If you do not want to put your computer on the Internet every month (some people do not like to connect their editing computer to the Internet at all) you have to buy the Workgroup version of EDIUS.


EDIUS has a huge list of effects, including some features normally found in compositing programs like keyframable masks.  It has one of the best realtime chromakeyers available, excellent high quality picture in picture effects, nice blending modes , good film-like looks through the old movie filter (again not something that comes with Premiere or most other editing programs), and colour correction that quickly and easily gets the shot looking like you want.

It also has keyframable slow motion – which you can apply both to picture and sound – and which is both completely realtime
and excellent quality.

One of the nicest additions to EDIUS 6.5 (also in EDIUS 7 & 8) is  high quality LANCZOS scaling which means the quality of EDIUS’ picture in picture effects and when downscaling from HD to SD you get a better result.

Click here to learn more about EDIUS’ range of effects.


Vistitle PromoPackEDIUS has good titling built-in as standard, using QuickTitler, which
can do static, rolling and crawling titles. However, if you want animated titles
and graphics there is an extra plug-in called VisTitle.
VisTitle can do animated text, per character, text on a path, handwriting,
particle effects and a lot more and is easy to use.

Click here to learn more about VisTitle and other EDIUS titling options.


Hardware support

Ideally we like to add an extra device to an editing system for two reasons:

  1. To playback your edits onto a proper video monitor, rather than rely on the “preview” quality display from the graphic card.
  2. 2. To let you capture video through analogue, HDMI or SDI.

Playback to a TV or video monitor

EDIUS can play back video full screen on a computer monitor without any additional hardware.  Modern graphic cards will let you have 3 monitors attached so you could conceivably have two screens showing the EDIUS interface and a third with a full screen playback of the video, however, this will always be the playback of a graphic card rather than a proper video image.  The image may sometimes “tear”, the colour and brightness levels will differ from a proper video device and it will always be a progressive picture.

A better way is to add additional hardware which will let you see a proper video image on a TV or monitor.  Grass Valley make some of
their own cards 
and also support third party devices from

, Matrox and AJA. Matrox devices only work with EDIUS if you use the Windows 7 drivers. The Windows 8
drivers will cause EDIUS to crash. This will not be fixed so you would only use a Matrox device with EDIUS if you already own one. AJA devices are limited to preview only currently. Support for capturing footage should be added at a later date. For these reasons Blackmagic are the most popular devices for use with EDIUS.


EDIUS will talk to DV and HDV cameras via a standard FireWire. It can also output more in real time at full quality through FireWire than any other editing program. Capture is in either HD or SD depending on the format.  Realtime output through FireWire is always only SD.

For analogue, HDMI & SDI you will need to add am i/o card.  These cards will normally also output video for you.  Blackmagic tend to be the most popular since they are inexpensive and work well.  There are advantages to use, for example, a Matrox MXO2 with some programs, such as Premiere Pro, but with EDIUS Matrox and Blackmagic have the same abilities.  Grass Valley cards are the best “quality” in terms of build but cost considerably more than Blackmagic devices so most uers tend to buy Blackmagic.

The most popular card is the Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K which handles component, composite, SVIDEO and HDMI in and out and outputs at video resolutions of up to UHD.  It also has a Time Base Corrector built-in which can “clean up” bad signals and let you capture video off old decks that would not work on other devices.   Blackmagic also have a range of devices which are PCIe, USB3 or Thunderbolt.  Of these the USB3 versions have been slightly “problematic” with EDIUS.


EDIUS normally supports new formats quicker than other programs.  It was the first program to properly support HDV editing, and the first to take AVCHD formats as well.

Making DVD, Blu-ray & different types of file

EDIUS has DVD & Blu-ray creation built-into the program. With EDIUS’ print to disc option you choose a template for the menu, and then all the chapter and navigation buttons are created from the template.  You can thoroughly customise the menus, using your own graphics and background and as well as using a video background and moving thumbnail images for buttons. Markers on the timeline and these become the chapter markers on the disc.

The discs consist of a main menu, followed by a chapter menu for every title on the disc. Beyond this you cannot add a more complex menu structure, or have slideshows or other audio tracks and subtitles.  EDIUS’ disc writing us quick an simple, if lacking some of the more advanced features of a program like Adobe Encore.

EDIUS also exports to a wide variety of files and formats – MP4 files for upload to YouTube, MPEG2 files, XDCAM & P2, as well as AVCHD files which you can even record back onto an AVCHD camera.


EDIUS is one of the best programs for editing stereoscopic footage.  This was added in EDIUS 6.5 and widely praised across the industry.  It has tools for fixing convergence issues (so you can decide exactly where the items you are viewing appear in 3D space) and can handle just about any Stereoscopic footage. MVC encoded 3D footage plays very well inside EDIUS, something with which most other programs struggle. Some programs, like Avid, do not even understand MVC footage in the first place.

EDIUS can output to many types of 3D file as well as make discs in 3D formats – although it cannot make full 1920×1080 3D Blu-ray.

How does EDIUS compare to the competition?

This is a question we get asked a lot. The biggest reasons you would choose EDIUS is for its reliability and speed. It is great for large and complex projects and its very unlikely you will get a crash with it! It also handles new video formats quicker than other programs.

EDIUS lacks some of the features (big and small) found in other editing  programs, and does not have the integration with other programs that are available in the  Adobe Creative Cloud. But then it does have some useful features not found in other programs – you can rip video off non-copyright DVDs and re-edit them in EDIUS, for example.

Click here for an in depth comparison between EDIUS, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve..

Order EDIUS with DVC support

If you would like to buy EDIUS you can order it through the webshop of the main European distributors: Magic Multimedia.  If you do so from the links below you get support for installation and other problems from DVC training.  The European distributors are based in Germany; you order EDIUS from their website and pay them as you would any other website and they send you the codes and download links for EDIUS itself.   You will be paying them directly so can reclaim any VAT paid, if you are VAT registered.

To order visit the EDIUS on-line shop: https://www.edius.shop/order.html. The prices will initially be in Euro and US dollar but as soon as you click the link to order any of the items it will convert to sterling. You will be charge VAT at the UK VAT rate and get a proper VAT invoice. You will get your license directly after your payment, so you can start working immediately.

Prices for EDIUS Pro 8

EDIUS Pro 8 Full Version – approximately £459+VAT, £551 inc.
EDIUS Pro 8 Upgrade from Pro 7 – approximately £179+VAT, £214.91 inc.

Prices for EDIUS Workgroup 8

EDIUS Workgroup 8 Full Version – approximately £900 +VAT, £1,080 inc.
EDIUS Workgroup 8 Upgrade from Pro 7– approximately £639+VAT, £767 inc.
EDIUS Workgroup 8 Upgrade from Pro 8– approximately £450+VAT, £540 inc.

If you have installation problems, or problems using the software, you can email david@dvctraining.co.uk and I will be happy to help.

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