Like EDIUS 8 before it, EDIUS 9 will continue to be available to buy – i.e. once you have paid for it it will continue work indefinitely, and you only need to buy upgrades if they offer you something you want. There will be updates to EDIUS 9 which will be free to anyone who has bought the new version, until the next version of EDIUS arrives- which is likely to be towards the end of 2019, as Grass Valley tend to produce a new version every two years.
Here is a list of what has been added to EDIUS 9 so far:
EDIUS can read HDR files, grade in HDR, convert HDR to SDR and output files with the correct metadata so they will be seen properly in other devices/software.
- Support for HDR PQ and HLG
- Native support of HDR video sources (professional camcorders, drones, action cams and smartphones)
- Conversion of SDR and Log to HDR
- Mix of SDR and HDR on one timeline
- Real-time preview on HDR monitor when editing using some Blackmagic and AJA devices. (EDIUS does not automatically switch the TV to HDR mode so you need to select this on the TV)
- Export of HDR files for HDR LCD TVs and YouTube
- Export of HDR files in native XAVC format
Other new features in both EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup
Export of H.264 files with 10bit and 4:2:2
Traditional H.264 files are exported with 8 bit colour, now EDIUS can export them in 10 bit colour for better quality
Export of H.265 MP4 files
H.265 is a new format which is starting to be used by some cameras and used by some people to deliver video. The advantage over H.264 is that you can get the same picture quality into a smaller file – which is better for long-term storage and uploading. EDIUS 9.1 introduced H.265 encoding using Intel Quick Sync. This only works with the 6th (Skylake), 7th (Kaby Lake) and 9th (Coffee Lake) generation processors. The Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake processors can export in 10 bit and 8 bit, the Skylake processors only export in 8 bit. You can see a full list of the processors which support Quick Sync here: https://www.edius.net/quicksync.html. H.265 exporting using software should be added in a future version, and when they happens you can export it with ANY processor. There is no information on when software encoding of H.265 will be added to EDIUS. EDIUS was first able to import H.265 files in EDIUS 8.
The scopes, used in grading, have been redesigned so they are now scalable and Grass Vally have added two new scopes – the RGB parade and the histogram. This help considerably when grading. The scopes also support HDR as well as normal colour spaces.
Improved optical flow slow motion
In EDIUS 9.3 GV added more options to the optical flow motion with a slider that lets you change the quality as well as various preset. This produces “cleaner” slow motion when using optical flow.
EDIUS now has coloured markers and you can export markers in XML format as well as the traditional CSV. Only the orange markers make chapter points in a DVD so you can now have a mixture of comment markers and DVD chapters.
Specify up to 4 default exporters
You can specify up to 4 default exports, add buttons for each to the display and keyboard shortcuts for them. This makes it very easy to export to the same kind of file every time, and it extremely useful in large organisations where the system manager can set up each system with a series of export presets to make the files in exactly the right way on every system.
Closed caption display
In both the Pro and Workgroup version you can display closed captions if they are embedded into certain files. You cannot make your own or import them separately.
- Support of the Cinema Raw Light Format of Canon C200
- Support for new hardware : Matrox MXO2 range using Windows 8 & 10, and the AJA io4K.
- Native 10bit Cinema DNG support
- General acceleration of EDIUS by faster program start and accelerated processing (even the installation of updates has been improved)
- The ability to customise the LUT list in the primary colour corrector and only show specific LUTS.
- Tweaks to the user interface, requested by users.
New features in EDIUS Workgroup
Nearly all the new features of EDIUS 9 are available in both versions. Two new features are in EDIUS Workgroup only:
1. Output from UND 50/60P projects using the right hardware
The main new feature that has been added only to the Workgroup version is the ability to monitor 4K & UHD footage through certain Blackmagic cards at 50 and 60P. In EDIUS 8 you could make 50 & 50P UHD projects but could not monitor them through ANY hardware – you only had on-screen playback at this resolution.
Which hardware supports 50/60P UHD output?
The cheapest devices are from Blackmagic Design:
Decklink 4K Extreme – about £755+VAT
This car looks like it is being phased out by Blackmagic. It can handle UHD @ 50/60 through HDMI and SDI, although the output through HDMI is limited to 4:2:2 colour space. It is being replaced by the Decklink 4K Extreme 12G which is now cheaper, however the 4K Extreme is a 4 lane card and the Extreme 12G is an 8 lane card which means you may have issues getting the 12G to work in some systems without sharing resources. You can see more information here: https://www.holdan.co.uk/Blackmagic+Design/DeckLink+4K+Extreme
Decklink 4K Extreme 12G – about £685+VAT
This has recently had a price drop and does everything that the original 4K Extreme did with better SDI output. The biggest potential problem is that it is an 8 lane PCIe card. Even if you computer has two large PCIe slots (the kind into which you would normally put a graphics card) your computer may not be able to handle a graphics card and an 8 lane PCIe card without sharing resources, which may cause a problem. It does depend on your motherboard, processor and other devices inside your computer. You can read more about this card here: https://www.holdan.co.uk/Blackmagic+Design/DeckLink+4K+Extreme+12G
UltraStudio 4K – about £755+VAT
This device connects via Thunderbolt 2 and can output 4K@50 & 60P though SDI and HDMI in a reduced colour space. You can read more about this device here: https://www.holdan.co.uk/Blackmagic+Design/UltraStudio+4K
UltraStudio 4K Extreme and 4K Extreme 3 (about £2,275+VAT)
These two device are the same just one version uses Thunderbolt 2 and the other uses Thunderbolt 3. This device is also used by Avid as their DNxIO. They give better output that the UltraStudio 4K as they have HDMI 2.0 You can read more here: https://www.holdan.co.uk/Blackmagic+Design/UltraStudio+4K+Extreme+3.
2. Output through a video device in project which it does not support
In earlier versions of EDIUS if you had a video device (Blackmagic, Matrox, Grass Valley etc..) and you chose a project setting it did not support you would not see anything on the TV connected to the device. Now you can change the EDIUS settings so that you will output a picture in a format your device, or TV can support.
For example you are editing UHD at 50P and do not have one of the BM devices mentioned above – you can output video at 1920 50P or UHD at 25P, whatever the monitor and hardware would support. A second example would be you are in a UHD project but only have an HD TV, then you can output HD to the TV whilst you edit in UHD. This means you can still see a video picture on a decent TV and is particularly useful for things like colour grading.
New Features in Mync
Mync is Grass Valley’s media cataloguing program. Below are the new features added to Mync with version 9.
- The search function has been enhanced.
- You can now make subclips in the Storyboard.
- There have been improvements to the way you can search for offline files.
- An improved preview lets you preview multiple images.
- Display of closed captions.
Grass Valley are preparing a new version of EDIUS : EDIUS Cloud, which will run from an Amazon webspace entirely on the Cloud. You will be able to rent this with the computer space needed to variable periods. EDIUS Cloud is definitely NOT replacing the normal version of EDIUS and will be more expensive. However, it is being made available to those companies that need this kind of facility.
In the future EDIUS will also be available as a floating license for companies
What is planned for the future?
Grass Valley have not published a list of the new features they plan to add to EDIUS 9 and we will find out about these as they arrive. However, EDIUS.NET has published some information on a couple of new features that will be arriving sometime during the life of EDIUS 9. The following is as listed on EDIUS.NET.
In both the Workgroup and Pro versions of EDIUS:
- The ability to synchronise clips for a multicamera edit using the audio of the clips.
- Support for high frame rate projects and 8K resolution.
Planned for the Workgroup version ONLY
- Support of integrated subtitles (Closed captions). The first thing we have for closed captions is the ability to view embedded CC in EDIUS which is in both the Workgroup and Pro versions. According to EDIUS.NET CC was only going to be in the Workgroup version. This may mean that more CC features are coming, such as the ability to make your own, and these will be Workgroup only, or may just mean Grass Valley changed their minds.
- Background rendering. For some people background rendering means that any effects on the timeline can be rendered without stopping using the program. For other it means they they can export files from the program whilst carrying on using the editing section. We will find out what this means for EDIUS when it arrives.
Even though the above has been posted on an official EDIUS website we do not know when they will arrive or how they will be implemented. Personally I always buy a new version of a program based on what it does NOW rather than what is promised for the future. If the only reason for you to upgrade is Closed captions, for example, I would wait until that is added to the program and make sure it does what you need before buying the program.