How to Edit HD and SD Video with Edius

The Edius Pro 4 in non-linear audio/video-editing that provides a powerful editing platform to professional editors. It features the ability to edit Standard definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) together seamlessly. The following discussion will focus on editing these videos using the Edius Pro 4.

The editing interfaces have changed across Edius versions, and this guide only covers the HD compatible Edius Pro 4.

Step 1: Navigating the Editing Screen

Upon launching the Edius interface, you will notice that there are two black windows on the top of the screen. These are called overlay windows, and the presence of an orange colored box on them will tell you which one of these is currently active. By default, it will be the left one.

The first window on the left is called the player window, and it is called this because whenever you have a device hooked up to your computer, this is the window that will play the footage for you. It also marks the time input from the recording device. The window on the right is known as the recorder window, and it shows what is being played over the Edius timeline. This will record all media to your output devices.

You will find that the time line is located below the windows mentioned above and this is where the audio/video clips are imported to and edited to their final form. The timeline supports both formats of videos: Standard definition (SD) and High Definition (HD). You will now go through the button descriptions and associated keyboard shortcuts by hovering over them.

You will use the BIN windows to select the video files from your stream folder. Once selected, the clips will show in the BIN windows. These are the videos that will be available to you project.

Step 2: Editing and Adding Markers

Edius allows you to use the BIN windows to import Standard definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) videos together into the project and edit them using a common timeline interchangeably. You can also splice one into another without any incompatibility occurring.

Also, you have the ability to pass and set markers in the time line that can be read in the marker window and be dealt with appropriately. You can do this by simply moving the play head and pressing the “V” key at each point you want to place a marker.

Step 3: Adding Effects

In the effects window, Edius provides many different classes of effects to choose from. These range from audio filters to ‘keyers’ to titles mixers and more. You may click and drag any of these effects and transitions to the timeline and apply them instantaneously. Also, all of the transitions (except explode) work in real time on the timeline, and you do not have to render them to see the actual effect take place (even in high definition).

You can now experiment with these effects, the video filters and color correction options for your project and manipulate the variables to get the effects right.