Edius: How to Work with Multiple Video Formats

The Edius is a non-linear audio/video editor that can handle nearly all formats on the market right now on one simple given mixed timeline. It supports output to almost all conventional and modern delivery formats including iPods, Internet, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, in addition to supporting all camera inputs (DV and HDV). Most importantly, this allows the video editor to perform real-time, mixed format HD/SD editing, including DV, HDV, HD, MPEG-2 and uncompressed SD videos. Coupled with the Procoder, Edius also supports high-quality, multi-format video exporting. This how-to guide looks at working with multiple formats using the Edius.

Step 1: Launch the Edius Software Interface

Starting the Edius program is fairly simple. Select the Edius program application shortcut from the programs menu to launch the software. You will be prompted to start a new project or open one of the last five projects. If you would like to continue on a recent project, then pick one. You can also pick a preset project from the “New Project” pane according to your preferences. Use the right pane to select required details like resolution, frame rate and others. Once done with the above, you will see “Project Name Setting” box. Put in a suitable name and folder location.

Step 2: Load the Source File

You will click on the “File” menu and select “Open Project” if it is a previously used source file saved in project form. You will plug in the correct source media if the file was sourced from an external device. Use the file browser window to navigate to the source file. Click on the file and select “Open”. Once this is completed, Edius will import the file for further operations. To load other preferred sources of video or audio, you will go to the BIN windows and select the appropriate audio/video files from your stream folder. Once selected, the clips will show in the BIN windows. You will then select the required audio and video clips and click and drag them to the editing time line. You may use any number of clips for editing purposes and proceed with editing routine.

Step 3: Changing Formats

You will then click on the “File” menu and select the “Print to File” option under the “Print” sub-menu. This will open a “Select Exporter Plug-in” window. This window enables you to work with multiple file formats. You will click on the required super class option in the left pane and select an appropriate sub-class option in the right pane. Click the “Export” button. This will show the save media window.

Step 4: Save the File Using New Format

In the save media window, you will provide a name for the file to be saved under the new format and select the appropriate settings under the video and audio setting blocks. This will save your file in a format ready to be used for the intended use. Repeat the process for more formats.