After taking a long break from video editing I’ve decided to get back into it and use the professional video editing software from MAGIX to complete a project that has been on the back burner for a while. This project involves making a video about skateboarding, one of my hobbies. If you’re interested in finding out how I’m doing this and want to know more about Video Pro X5, you can check back each week for a new chapter in the series. Today I’m going to begin with an introduction to the Video Pro X5 user interface.
When you open the program, the start dialog will appear. Here you have the option of watching the introductory video or choosing a project preset. For now we can stick with the default settings and confirm them.
Once all of the preparations are made, we can focus our full attention on the program interface. All of the main functions in Video Pro X5 can be found in the menu bar . In the download version of the program, this is also where you can download additional content and software updates.
On the left side you’ll see the program monitor  which is the preview monitor for all of the objects in the arranger. The source monitor is located in the middle  and is the preview monitor for the video source material. On the right is the Media Pool . The lower part of the interface is the arranger  which can hold an unlimited number of video and audio tracks. For example, multi-cam editing alone can be performed on up to nine tracks. This function will be explained in more detail later on in this series. Last but not least is the project folder  which provides a clear overview of all the imported files.
The entire interface can be customized to fit your working style – simply drag & drop the windows to move them into position. You can also change the size of the windows but make sure to keep the source and program monitors big enough that all buttons and sliders are visible. For my project I’m going to need more space for the arranger. I’ll create this space by closing the project folder. If I want to open any closed windows, all I have to do is go to the “Windows” option in the menu bar.
Important tools [7 & 8] are located to the left of the menu bar and on the upper border of the arranger. Here you can select various mouse modes that simplify and speed up the editing process. Moving the mouse pointer slowly over the icons reveals descriptions of the functions and their respective keyboard shortcuts.
Tabs can be created using the “Plus” sign  and the view for each can be changed independently in the arranger. This allows you to work on several movies within one project. The view for each tab can be set using the options on the left beside the Multi-Cam Editing button .
This is particularly important when replacing the Timeline with the simplified Scene Overview. This view enables quick and efficient editing of the raw video footage and is especially helpful for beginners. Personally, I prefer the Timeline Mode for editing my imported scenes. In the next part of the series I’ll show you exactly how the file import function in Video Pro X5 works.