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Grass Valley EDIUS Pro and Workgroup 8 FAQ

Updated July 2017


1. What is the difference between EDIUS Pro 8 and EDIUS Workgroup 8?

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Grass Valley EDIUS Pro 8

is targeted at the professional production user.

EDIUS Workgroup 8

is aimed at editors working within a broadcast-based, collaborative editing environment that might require GV STRATUS or third-party MAM connectivity, or to edit-in-place on K2 server/storage.

The major differences between the two software versions are shown in the table below.

Function EDIUS Workgroup 8 Edius Pro 8
Supported Formats Camera format (XAVC, XDCAM, XDCAMEX, P2, XF, AVCHD, RED, DSLR, etc.)
CMF Optional
DNxHD Optional
Dolby Digital Professional Optional
Capture AVI/MPEG-2 capture
MXF capture
CMF capture Optional
Edit while recording
Input/Output FTP upload/download
AAF Enabled with optional DNxHD license
BD/DVD output (authoring)
Playback/export accelerated by Intel Quick Sync Video
Automatic registration of clips with EDIUS Watch Tool
Specification 64-bit native operation
Support for multithreaded CPUs Optimized for dual CPUs Optimized for single CPUs
Automatic update notification
Internet connection required for activation
Use in online environment
Use in offline environment
EDIUS ID Registration of EDIUS ID is optional
Setting Pass-through of audio bitstream
Pass-through of ancillary data
Audio monitoring mode
Editing Color correction
Multicam editing
Proxy editing
Preroll editing
Title Insertion Mode
Vector scope, waveform
Loudness meter
Voiceover
Effects
Titling tool
Source Management GV Browser
System STORM 3G Elite/STORM 3G/STORM Pro/ STORM Mobile/HDSPARK Pro/HDSPARK
Input/output using third-party hardware
Third-party software plug-ins
Integration with GV STRATUS Optional
K2 connection (SAN) Optional
K2 connection (FTP)
Use with EDIUS XRE

2. Can I upgrade from EDIUS Pro 7 to EDIUS 8?

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Yes, there are a number of upgrade options available. EDIUS Pro 7 users can upgrade to EDIUS Pro 8 for $199.00, or to EDIUS Workgroup 8 for $699.00. EDIUS Pro 8 users can upgrade to EDIUS Workgroup 8 for the difference in cost ($500.00). If you are using a version of EDIUS prior to version 7, see question 8 below: What is happening to EDIUS Neo.

3. What hardware I/O is available for EDIUS Pro 8 and EDIUS Workgroup 8?

For assured performance and reliability, Grass Valley designs and manufactures a range of editing hardware. With the introduction of EDIUS 8, all software/hardware bundles have been discontinued to provide complete flexibility for Grass Valley customers.

NAME FORM FACTOR INPUT/OUTPUT
Storm 3G Elite External* HD-SDI I/O + HDMI I/O + Analog I/O + RS-422
Storm 3G Internal HD-SDI I/O + HDMI out + RS-422
Storm 3G Mobile External* HDMI I/O + Analog I/O
Storm Pro Internal HD-SDI I/O + HDMI output

* Select either desktop (PCIe) or laptop (ExpressCard/34) connection

In addition EDIUS Pro 8 supports I/O hardware from the following third-party vendors:

  • Blackmagic Design
    • PCI Express: DeckLink SDI, DeckLink SDI 4K, DeckLink Studio 4K, DeckLink 4K Extreme (Note: RS-422 control and 4K 50p/60p preview not supported with listed Blackmagic Design hardware)
  • AJA Video Systems
    • KONA 4, KONA 3G, KONA LHi (all output only)
      Note: 4K 50p/60p not supported with listed AJA KONA hardware.

4. How has the activation system changed?

Prior to the introduction of EDIUS 8, we allowed users to activate EDIUS three times — one installation for a desktop PC, one installation for a notebook PC and one installation for emergencies. Unfortunately this system was prone to abuse, so we have modified the activation system to enable us to deactivate software which is installed illegally.

Bona fide users will notice little, if any, difference, although we will from time to time (once every 30 days) poll your system to verify your User ID. For this reason you should ensure that your editing system is connected to the Internet at least periodically. Your User ID will also enable you to check your serial number and see online a summary of your installation(s).

Long term, we would like to tie the EDIUS license to the user, not the device, and also have a means of deterring abuse. The process being introduced with EDIUS Pro 8 is a first step towards this.

5. What is new about the Intel Quick Video Sync support?

Previously we have taken advantage of Intel’s Quick Video Sync — a feature of all current Core processors (Core i7/i5/i3) — to encode H.264 files for super-fast export to Blu-ray, AVCHD or SONY XAVC S. Now, in EDIUS 8, we have optimized the software to use QVS to decode H.264 files, for super-smooth timeline playback, even for 4K files.

6. What is GV Browser?

GV Browser is a new workflow tool introduced in EDIUS Pro 8; it is a powerful personal file management application, which lets you sort, tag and search all of your video, audio and still files in your system. The sorted files are automatically displayed in the EDIUS Source Browser, for easy access to edit. GV Browser also has a feature to send clips for web distribution, to YouTube, Vimeo and generic FTP destinations.

7. What are the recommended system requirements for EDIUS Pro 8 & EDIUS Workgroup 8?

For SD/HD projects, an Intel Core 2 or Core iX CPU, or any Intel or AMD single core CPU with a 3 GHz processor speed or faster (multiple CPUs and/or multi-core CPUs are recommended) should be sufficient.

For working with 4K content, a higher specification workstation is necessary — based on Intel Core i7 or Xeon E5-26xx processors for example.

EDIUS 8 (Pro or Workgroup) requires Windows 7 (64-bit) SP1 or later, Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit) or Windows 10 (64-bit).

An Internet connection is required for activation and use of EDIUS Pro 8; thereafter Internet connection is required once per month to maintain usage. EDIUS Workgroup 8 does require activation on first use, but this can be done offline and from a different PC. Then, unlike EDIUS Pro 8, an Internet connection is no longer required.

8. What is happening to EDIUS Neo?

EDIUS Neo will be discontinued in April, 2016.

9. Is EDIUS 8 compatible with GV STRATUS/K2?

Yes. Connectivity with K2 via FTP is supported as standard with EDIUS Workgroup 8.2. For editing in place of K2 files on K2 storage, the K2 Connect option is required. The GV STRATUS Connect option is available to connect EDIUS Workgroup to GV STRATUS as a high-res editor.

10. Is there a Trial Version?

Yes, there are trial versions available for both EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup. Trial serial keys are available upon request — please give our Videoguys Tech’s a call 800-323-2325 for more details.


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By Britt, July 18, 2017
  • Harris Maynord

    I suggest that you update your comparison table to that stated at https://www.grassvalley.com/docs/Comparison_Guides/professional/edius/GVB-1-0396B-EN-CG_EDIUS_8_Feature_Comp.pdf. That comparison states that “draft preview” is in workgroup but not in pro. IIRC, draft preview is the ability to output a lower resolution while editing. This is an important feature in many cases. It is a feature that is about the resolution of files you work with, not whether you edit alone or as part of a “workgroup.” Doing this from memory, so someone can correct me if I’m wrong. harris maynord