I have been using the MEP 2013 trial for about 2 weeks now, and I have some comments to offer.
1. I see virtually no increase in speed, memory, or processor efficiency with this version versus MEP 18.
This one is orange because I do now see some improvements, especially after preview rendering. While it still takes as long as it used to, once it is done, playback is silky smooth. Much better than in MEP 18. System and project load times for me remain no faster, but I must say when rendering is done, this is a HUGE HUGE BENEFIT.
2. The claim of improved or enhanced travel route animation is simply a fantasy on someone's part. It is the same travel route animation as what is in version 18. No changes, no difference, nothing new or unique.
I no longer beleive this to be true
3. The trial is limited to 3 minutes which means there is no way to test export, or burning on a realistic video.
4. Virtually no difference in content (fades, effects, or titles) from version 18.
5. The audio on one track is positioned as a feature when in fact it is a big disadvantage as you now need to go through one more step in the work flow to seperate the audio from the video. I don't know why anyone thought to do this because virtually all audio shot with a consumer, or even a professional video camera with on board michrophone needs some adjustment. Even if you had a off camera audio recorder going, you still need to adjust the camera audio and mix it with the off line audio, so it just means more work and another step in the work flow.
I no longer beleive this to be true either
6. I need to say this again, virtually NO performance improvements (at least in a real time editing world) were noticeable. None, period, zero, nada!
This is no longer true either, see my comments above about preview rendering.
7. Would I reccomend that someone new to Magix purchase MEP 2013, yes. MEP is by far the best consumer editing program that you will find anywhere.
8. Would I reccomend upgrading from MEP 18 to MEP 2013? Absolutely not!!! In spite of the "marketing hype" there is really nothing new here.