The Edius Pro Crash Course for Beginners (Part Four): Exporting

In Part One we looked at how to set up Edius Pro. In Part Two we looked at the workspace, workflow and how to import (register) video. In Part Three we looked at how to import codecs and projects into Edius Pro.

In this part we’ll look at the various export options available.

What codecs are available for export in Edius Pro?

A full list of supported codecs are available on page 409 of the reference manual. Here are some important ones:

Video formats

  • AVCHD as *.m2ts
  • Uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit, both RGB and Y’CbCr in *.avi
  • Grass Valley HQX and HQ in many containers
  • H.264 in *.mp4 or *.m2ts
  • MPEG-2 as *.m2v and *.mpg
  • AVC-Intra in *.mxf
  • JPEG2000 in *.mxf
  • WMV
  • XDCAM HD (*.mxf) and EX (*.xml)

 
Audio formats

  • Dolby Digital AC3
  • AIFF
  • WAV
  • WMA

 
Still images

  • JPEG
  • PSD
  • PNG
  • TIFF
  • TGA
  • BMP

 
As you can see, Quicktime exports are seriously limited in scope:

Edius Quicktime options

Prores cannot be written on Windows machines in Edius Pro, and then there’s the curious case of DNxHD. It is isn’t available in version 7 of the software. However, Edius Elite (STRATUS) might be able to export DNxHD, though I can’t confirm that. No DPX export either.

Exports are in 10-bit only, and up to 4K is possible.

How to export from Edius Pro

Go to File > Export > Print to File…. or F11 (click to enlarge):

Edius Export to File OptionsYou can double click on a format to open additional settings or options. E.g., for still images, you need to select Others and then double click the Still Image Exporter Plugin. A new popup opens, where you select the still image file type and click on Advanced… to make changes.

Or you can click Export. Exporting is Edius Pro’s greatest weakness. It isn’t necessarily bad if you work within the formats available. Even so, it needn’t be this complicated. You can change your export presets (or create your own) by checking Enable Conversion and making changes in the Advanced section (at the bottom of the above image, not opened). Batch export is also possible.

Not all codecs are available on all resolutions. E.g., codecs available for 4K are limited. It’s not Edius Pro. it’s the specification for that particular codec which does not allow for 4K.

To know how to export the alpha channel as well, check out this video:

To know how to export Flash videos from Edius Pro, check out this video:

Exporting projects or sequences for finishing

You can export two kinds of files:

  • AAF
  • EDL

 
AAF

Titles and effects are not exported. To read about other compatibility issues, head over to page 41 of the reference manual. To export an AAF, go to File > Export Project > AAF…. Click on Detail…:

Edius AAF Export

Transitions and cross fades are exported as clips. The most important use of AAF export is to take audio into Pro Tools for finishing. There are three presets available:

  • Type 1 – the audio is written in the AAF file, and the source audio is exported as AIFF.
  • Type 2 – the video and audio is written in the AAF file, but the video clips are not exported. Audio is exported as AIFF though.
  • Type 3 – both video and audio are written as frame unit in the AAF file, and neither are exported.

 
The AAF Export Detail Settings box allows you to make customized changes to how the AAF is exported.

EDL

To export an EDL, go to File > Export Project > EDL…. Click on Detailed Settings:

 Edius EDL Export Setting

You can export an EDL for each audio and video track, and make customized changes. The most widely used format is CMX 3600. To know in detail what is supported and what isn’t head over to page 44 of the reference manual.

That’s it for our furiously-paced crash course on Edius Pro.

Edius Pro is developed by Grass Valley, a strong company with solid hardware and software products. In many ways it is similar to Avid than any other NLE, though it is far simpler to learn and use. With native 4K and 2K editing up to 60p, it has staked its claim as a professional NLE worthy of any project – however wide in scope.

Do not make the mistake of assuming Edius Pro is ‘small’. It sits right alongside the big boys.

The only downside is the price. Edius Pro costs about $650 or so, while the Elite version is twice the price or more. When you have cheaper alternatives like FCP-X, Sony Vegas Pro and Premiere Pro CC – all of which can work in 4K; and a cheaper Avid Media Composer at $999, it is tough to justify such a high price.