MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2013 is a powerful video editor which comes packed with essential functionality.

The program can import full HD footage directly from most HDV and AVCHD camcorders, for instance.

You can then organise your movie across 32 tracks, before enhancing it with custom titles, transitions and a range of special effects.

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2013 also provides a wide range of audio editing features, which you can expand further thanks to its support for VST and DirectX plug-ins.

And once you're happy, your finished masterpiece can be exported as anything from an HD AVI video file to an animated GIF, or burned to DVD or Blu-ray with your own custom menu design.

The 2013 release also benefits from significantly improved performance. AVCHD file import can now be up to 40% faster, for instance; GPU-based effects are now more than 90% faster, and rendering can be up to twice as fast than the previous build in some situations.

And other additions include a new and more accurate chroma key engine; the streamlined timeline now displays video and audio on a single track; and there's support for the new AVCHD Progressive (50p) format, easier title editing, faster preview rendering and a whole lot more.

Please note, the MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2013 setup program will by default install the Ask toolbar. If this doesn't appeal, be sure to select the Custom installation option during setup, which will give you complete control over what happens next.

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A powerful editor, packed with features and good value for money. There's still something of a learning curve, but take the time to learn how everything works and you'll soon be producing high quality, professional movies.