Magix Movie Edit Pro 2013 updated
Update 2013: Two software updates later, the problems with the initial release of MEP 2013 appear to have been fixed. The 2013 version is significantly faster than previous versions too.
I wrote last October that the new Magix Movie Edit Pro 2013 product was introduced but was unsuitable for 3D editing. It runs faster than its predecessors but for 3D, many features arrived broken. For 2D video, MEP 2013 is a great product but for 3D – it’s got problems 🙁
Since then, Magix released an update to the product that seems to have fixed some of the problems. But today I tried putting together a small 10 clip 3D sequence and quickly ran into more problems. This time, after I finished the edit and precise time synchronization, MEP 2013 decided that the red channels on two clips would go to black – in other words, the content of the clips simply vanished! There are also oddities such as selecting a menu item and the program locks up for many seconds and then finally comes back to life. Weird. When moving the cursor on the timeline, MEP fails to update the display until, after the move, you move the cursor a 2nd time. Consistently.
The 2013 version remains *not recommended for 3D editing* due to its continued unreliability. MEP 2013 works great for 2D editing.
Update: I went back to the prior version, MEP MX Plus. Unfortunately I now encounter another defect in audio handling. An imported audio track MP3 file that plays fine in Audacity and Windows Media Player, plays choppy in MEP MX Plus. Even after conversion to a WAV file format, in MEP MX Plus, the audio plays stuttered and choppy. This also appears in a video file exported as MP4 or WMV format. Weird.