Not surprisingly, Avid Studio’s biggest capabilities come during editing, however. We particularly like the way the timeline handles long, complicated edits. You can zoom in and out, scrub and scroll along the timeline, but a thumbnail-style schematic of the entire timeline always remains at the bottom of the screen. An orange box shows which segment of the timeline is currently being viewed, so you always know where you are within the edit.
It’s not an entirely unique feature in the video editing world to have a mechanism like this, but the schematic can’t be found elsewhere, and really helps you get your bearings. This is particularly handy, as Avid Studio supports an unlimited number of audio and video tracks, so your edits could get complicated.
Another unique feature, particularly in consumer-oriented software, is the way Avid Studio lets you apply corrective effects to clips whilst they are still in the library. This includes image adjustments like contrast, temperature, brightness and saturation, plus white balance, and you get detailed control over blacks, whites and mid-tones, as well as CMY and RGB colour. There’s even a separate exposure control, plus CbCr Rotation.
You can take snapshots of the whole or part of the frame, and there’s a user-configurable software image stabiliser available as well. When you apply these effects in the library, any instance of the clip or a portion of it you put on the timeline will be affected. This saves the time required by adding the effects multiple times, and no other consumer-grade editing app gives you this facility.
Even more filter options are available for clips once they are on the timeline, however. Avid Studio doesn’t follow the conventions of most video editing apps, as you don’t just have a library of effects you can drag to a clip on the timeline. You can also open up the editing dialog for a clip, which provides combined trimming and effects.
The effects categories are listed along the top, and clicking on one applies it, so its parameters appear on the right-hand side of the dialog. All the effects you have applied will be listed, with an orange box showing which one has its parameters visible. Effects can be keyframed, although there’s no sophisticated keyframe graph available like Adobe Premiere Elements provides.