Serif MoviePlus X3
- Simple-to-use Storyboard and Timeline modes to create movies in minutes.
- Import and edit AVI, WMV, MPG, and MOV files and movies from your camera.
- Easily add loads of special effects and transitions.
- Onscreen 'How To' guides offer help at every stage.
- Export your movies to DVD, YouTube, iPod & PSP, and more.
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Professional digital video editing editing solutionProduct InformationSerif MoviePlus X3 is the ideal solution for anyone looking to produce professional quality movies to share with family friends customers or anyone else - with stunning special effects an easy editing process and amazing patibility. Start your movie projects by grabbing source video from your camera from a file on your PC from DVD - with great patibility. Piece together your movie marvels without headaches. Edit your movies quickly and easily with powerful tools and unlimited creativity. Add polish and dazzle - fast - with a massive range of easy-to-use customizable professional video and audio effects. Share your video with anyone anywhere. Get your video online with YouTube fast. Save in all popular formats and even burn straight to DVD.Great results in 3 simple steps:Choose Your Media - quickly import clips from anywhereEdit and Enhance - trim your video add titles and amazing effectsPublish and Share - make DVDs share online and much moreProduct HighlightsMovie Plus X3 Digital Video Studio is ideal for:Quick movies and slideshowsAmazing special effectsAnimated titles and creditsBroadcast quality transitionsGreat DVDs with menusSharing video online fastMovie Magic in MinutesWhatever your level of experience with videos MoviePlus X3 is the perfect package for creating your own dazzling movie blockbusters in minutes.Easy Storyboard for fast results Timeline mode for flexibilityOn-screen 'How To' guides offer advice every step of the waySimply drag and drop amazing effects transitions and moreAdd titles soundtracks and record your own narrationAdvanced Editing PowerMoviePlus X3 is versatile enough to create everything from pelling photo slideshows and family movies to high-quality blockbusters packed with advanced edits and effects.Import Wizard sources video from cameras DVDs and much moreUnlimited Timelines tracks for advanced effects and video projectsAccurate editin
Start your movie projects by grabbing source video from your camera, from a file on your PC, from DVD - with great compatibility. Piece together your movie marvels without headaches. Edit your movies quickly and easily with powerful tools and unlimited creativity. Add polish and dazzle - fast - with a massive range of easy-to-use, customizable, professional video and audio effects. Share your video with anyone, anywhere. Get your video online with YouTube, fast. Save in all popular formats and even burn straight to DVD.
MoviePlus X3 gives you:
- Storyboard Mode
- 'How To' Guides
- YouTube Upload
- iPod & PSP Exports
- Narration Recording
- Built-in DVD Authoring
- New Easier Interface
- Amazing Special Effects
- Title & Text Animation
- Powerful Audio Effects
- Improved Pan & Zoom
- Accurate Scene Detection
- Enhanced Media Pane
- MPEG-4 Technology
- New Text Styles Gallery
- AVCHD Cam Support
- Digital CD Ripping
- Device Download Wizard
Top Customer Reviews
When I did get to burn a disc the program looked good- easy to follow and nice options for menus, etc. but now it's worthless after I did the required registration and 2 weeks of non- tech support or service.
At least the Marketplace merchant has offered to refund 1/2 the purchase price.... something they didn't have any obligation to do.
My goal was simply to edit various home movies, as well as other movies I've made on topics that are interesting to me. I needed a storyboard tool, one that gave me easy cut and paste tools, and one that let me add titles and other features (such as scene transition features) which would dress up drab, home movies. MoviesPlus X3 ("MP X3") more than fills the bill.
This program taught me much about input source: I initially used a Sony HD tape camcorder and clips from my Olympus camera and iphone; my camcorder, however, turned out not to be what was needed for PC editing. Sony appears to be very proprietary in its products and applications, meaning, it is not easy to convert Sony tapes to a computer (the Sony software provided with the camcorder didn't work on my Dell netbook, so I had to buy a USB plug-in from Diamond One-Touch Video Capture, which does the job). However, once I got the tape converted to my PC, I then had to figure out how to edit the files with MP X3. This process is still ongoing, but over the course of time, I have not minded reading the MP X3 user's guide (which is very good, all things considered), and experimenting with various techniques available to make the movie clips better than they were.
During this initial workout phase, it became obvious that my HD tape camcorder was not efficient for future use, so I began searching for replacements. Using MP X3 helped me quite a bit in this search, because the program will not permit certain input formats (such as MP4). With this limitation, I had to research whether programs were available to convert MP4s to AVI, and I found a free one, and later found a more expensive converter, which has been of great help for other conversions. Hopefully, MP X3 will deal with this issue in the future, since many camcorders output to MP4 (the program receives 4 stars instead of 5, due to its lacking a converter). But perhaps I am being too harsh with MP X3, by expecting more than I should.
I finally settled on a camcorder that wrote to flash cards (SD), and have been using that input source to transfer the MTS (i.e., AVCHD) files to MP X3.
Editing the files is a challenge with MP X3, but I am slowing learning the many facets of the program (for example, in the time line mode, I am able to expand the data into frames, which can be parsed and so forth). Adding titles to footage is easy, but overlaying text onto a scene, or adding charts and pdf files, is not. At this stage, I'm not certain I will be able to insert clips from other shots with ease (my initial experiments let me know it can be done, but the technique is awkward). Based on my skill level (which is elementary, if that), the program's features are very good, but not easy to learn, and in some instances, not easy to use (such as deleting only a part of the film clip).
The user's manual and onscreen help guides are much better than what is currently furnished with most computer programs (but information on certain topics, such as envelopes and overlaying, could stand some beefing up in content and examples). Remember this: MP X3 is one program where you will need the manual in one hand, next to the computer, to understand some of the techniques (such as, adding a second or third video clip, so as to overlay a base video clip, or adding audio tracks). Fortunately, the manual actually comes with the program (unlike the iphone, where you must buy The Missing Manual).
Once the work product is in final form, MP X3 gives several recording options. Higher definition DVD output is slower, but for my purposes, is the only one that should be used.
Keep in mind that this is an inexpensive Non Linear Editor. As such, you will probably not be able to edit AVCHD camcorder footage using MP X3, if you are using an ordinary PC. The reasons for such limitations are vast, but I believe HD formats are so large, that the average PC will not be able to process the camcorder footage. In order to edit MP4 video files in MP X3, you will probably have to buy a video format converter, and "dumb down" the format to AVI, or some other format which is not as large as your camcorder input; once you are have a smaller sized computer file (such as AVI), MP X3 will do a very good job, as you edit your video footage.
In time, programs such as these will improve in performance, but in the year 2010, the software (and even computer hardware) technology cannot keep up with camcorders, which record at a very high resolution. You can buy computer hardware and software to edit your videos in HD format, but you will be buying software from Apple, Adobe, Grass Valley, Avid, and others, and you will pay $900 to $9,000 for the programs, not to mention the cost of new computers.
So here's the bottom line: MP X3 will help you produce better movies (not only for DVDs, but You Tube and iphone uploads), and in the process, this video editor will teach you how to improve your video taking techniques, as you make videos with your camcorder or smart phone or camera). Should you buy the program, be patient with it and yourself. There is a learning curve, but that philosophical observation can be made about all aspects of life. I hope you enjoy MP X3.
Later observations (August 1, 2010):
After working with MP X3 for a month, I learned that it will read AVCHD files without any problem, provided I remove many background programs (using msconfig.exe as a tool to weed out what I didn't need). After removing the background noise, so to speakI discovered I did not need to convert the AVCHD files using a secondary program, and that is a plus. However, due to speed limitations of my net book computer, the program works somewhat slowly, when I drag the AVCHD thumbnails to the story board (which is the beginning point in cleaning up the video files). I would guess that if I were using a Core i7, 3 GHZ or more CPU, and had a separate hard drive for the data files (similar to the purpose of a server), the process would be much faster. As it now stands, getting the video clips loaded into the story board takes longer than I had planned (I think this a characteristic of all video editors).
I also learned there are other resources available, in addition to the user guide: one is a director's guide, a rather expensive book published by the company which sells MP X3, and the director's guide gives a nice overview of movie editing, as well as clearer explanations of how to use the program itself (the director's book has color illustrations, which may have helped me understand difficult concepts). In addition, there is an extensive support group available online, and the blogs and comments made in response to my questions helped me in editing sound tracks (which really aren't explained in the user's guide or anywhere else, to my knowledge). This support group is wonderful, and if you buy MP X3, by all means, enlist in the group (which is free).
One parting comment: at this point in time, the program will not write the AVHCD files to Blu Ray discs, which may be an issue in the future, when I add a Blu-Ray burner to a new computer system. But the program works well for a beginner, and probably has journeyman capabilities that I have yet to learn.
More observations (August 15, 2010)
Rippling is a term of art in movie editing: in theory, it describes what happens when the video track is altered, separate and apart from the audio. If a portion of the video track is cut or deleted, then rippling is the movie editing program's ability to cut or delete the same part of the audio track.
I have had limited success in cutting scenes from MP X3, because the video or audio tracks can be edited, cut, deleted and so forth, but for unknown reasons, MP X3 does not always ripple the changes: the audio track will be out of sync with the video, for the remainder of the clip in question, and sometimes, for the remainder of the entire session being edited. This is very frustrating, and though it may be a lack of skill level on my part in knowing how to delete a portion of a video clip, it is nonetheless annoying, to say the least.
I have downgraded my rating based on these experiences. MP X3 is a good beginner's tool, but it has its limitations (as do other editors, such as Final Cut Express which presents the same sort of problems, or even iMovie, which can't read *.mts files).
December 15, 2010
With the passage of time, I am now convinced this product should be used as a training tool. There are better products on the market (Pinnacle, Roxio, and others)which are more expensive, but they are easier to use when dealing with audio tracks, parsing the length of the clip, speed of the clip, etc.
1. Roxio Creator 2011 - My second favorite...easy, but powerful, but not overly stable and lacks some of the advanced features of MoviePlus (for example, it can't reverse video and doesn't support keyframes)
2. Cyberlink PowerDirector v8 and v9 - Can't get use to the interface; not a fan of the overall look and feel and I've had limited success using the product
3. Magix Movie Edit Pro 17 Plus - Too complicated, especially in the interface. Daunting 300+ page manual, typical European conversion issues with language
4. Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 - Looks just like PowerDirector, but less powerful and stable. Has some advanced features but there are similar products out there with less of a learning curve
5. Serif MoviePlus X3 - Easy to use, great help options, stable, and very powerful if you dig deep
Serif MoviePlus X3 has met every challenge I have thrown at it. It has no issues with my HD video (although until the new version comes out it won't natively burn blu-ray, but will downscale HD video as best it can), and I was able to jump right in and create various productions with ease. The only issue I have had with it is that for some reason when I burn a production it sometimes omits my title slides...not sure why, and it usually fixes itself when I burn again, but nothing that would make me rate it down. Support has also been great, and the online forums are very helpful. I would HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone looking for a fun, easy-to-use video editing tool that you can grow into as you need more advanced features. Rumor has it the new version, X5, will be out this quarter, so watch out for that (fingers crossed for native blu-ray authoring)! Thanks!