Final cut, is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by 840quadra, Apr 24, 2005.

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    840quadra

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    I just bought my G5, and I planned on doing some small video projects for my European automotive enthusiast group.

    I have been working a little in iMovie, but it seems to have more limitations then my old 68k based Strata Video Shop. Granted the transitions are smoother, and such with iMovie, but I was wondering if I really need Final Cut, and what "class" people would recommend.

    I only plan on doing 15 minute videos set to music to show cars driving, BBQs, Track racing and such.

    Thanks for any assistance!!

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    I use FCP and in most cases for me (editing movies and animations) there is a lot more than I'll ever need. However, I've also had to help someone work on an iMovie project and it was painful coming from a FCP perspective.

    If you plan on editing movies on a regular basis, get the FCP Express - it will allow you multiple tracks and better work flow. You'll be happy you bought it.

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    840quadra

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Is that a limit of how many clips (total per movie) or how many can run simultaneously in sync?

    I anticipate having over 100 clips and many pictures per video (fast paced electronic music) and having a clip limit would be bad. I haven't run into that with iMovie, but it is frustrating using that software, and I am actually running Strata again, but on my G3.

    Thanks again,
     
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    I wasn't talking about clips - you can have as many as you can manage - its tracks that are important. iMovie has one, everything has to go in the same track.

    Take a look at the screen shots for FCP and FCP Express and you'll see what I mean.

    http://www.apple.com/finalcutexpress/

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    Thanks,

    I understand from your explanation.. Strata Video shop also lets you have multiple Video and Audio tracks. Looks like Final Cut is the modern equivalent of that software.

    Thanks again
     
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    Final Cut Express HD allows for 99 audio and 99 video tracks.


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    Thanks for the detail. I think I will be buying a copy when I go to the Tiger event on Friday night!

    Thanks everyone for the replies!!
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    for what ur doing express is plenty, besides u can overlay clips in imovie and express. You defintely do not need 99 audio and video, save your money get xpress or overlay in imovie.
     

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