Grass Valley have announced an update to their EDIUS editing software package that will add support for Canon’s new XF-AVC codec. Announced alongside the C300 Mk II and XC10 cameras, it’s a proprietary codec optimised for the larger filesizes and higher bitrates of 4K production.
FCP X and Adobe Premiere don’t currently support the format natively, perhaps unsurprisingly as neither camera is shipping yet. Grass Valley meanwhile are claiming EDIUS will be ‘the first nonlinear editing system to support Canon’s recently announced XF-AVC video format.’ They don’t specify if that support is native, but even if it’s just avoiding the merry-go-round of transcoding that usually accompanies the release of a new recording format, it could be well worth an upgrade.
There are also changes to the program’s interface, accelerated h.264 playback and a promise of free updates post-purchase.
EDIUS 8 is expected to ship ‘towards the end of June 2015,’ shortly after the XC10 itself is expected to be available at retail.