Minutes to Gigs, iMovie FCE and FCP

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Texas04, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. Texas04 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2005
    I have a few questions about capturing raw DV footage,
    1. How many minutes of video will take up one gig of free space on iMovie?
    and two,
    2. How many minutes of video will take up one gig of free space on FCE?

    Also if anyone knows, what are key differences (besides price) of FCE and FCP?
  2. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Raw DV is Raw DV, and the format is the same whether you capture in iMovie, FCE, FCP, or Windows XP Movie Maker.

    (Well, the raw DV will be wrapped differently -- it could be wrapped in a QuickTime or AVI wrapper, and there's technically Type 1 and Type 2 DV files, but all of them are nitpicky things that have rather negligible impact on file size.)

    Either way, the transfer rate is about 3.5 megs per second of DV video, which translates to roughly 13 gigs of hard drive space per hour of DV video. Remember that when editing DV you'll need at least two or three times that much space to make room for scratch files and rendering.

    The key differences between iMovie and FCE? iMovie was designed from the ground up to be easy, easy, easy. FCE is not. FCE will have far more functionality insofar as non-destructive clip editing, adding effects and layers, compositing, color-correcting, and so on. iMovie does a lot (impressively so) but there will be times you have an idea in your head that iMovie simply won't let you do. Chances are, there's a way to do it in FCE. FCE, is, in turn, a stripped down version of its bigger brother, Final Cut Pro.

    I guess it's like driving stick versus automatic transmission. With the automatic you get in and go. With stick you train a little bit longer, need to get the feel for things a little bit, there's a learning curve -- but it's not THAT different. For most people, the automatic would do them just fine. But for those who need "more" -- whether it's power, flexibility, special tricks, or just the feeling that you're more in control -- there's a lot you can do with a stick shift that you can't do with an automatic.

    That said, I drive an automatic :rolleyes:
  3. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    ...or about 4 mins per Gig to answer your question. :D

    The main difference in FCP and FCE used to be the automated batch capture and re-capture system in FCP, wheras FCE had a "capture now" system that couldn't be automated to collect a list of clips from the same tape.

    I think FCP also deals with real-time effects in a different way.

    That said I don't use FCE.
  4. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    There used to be a check list at apple.com that let you compare FCE & FCP.
    I haven´t been able to locate it now, but you might find it.
    Good luck
  5. illegalprelude macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    I havent seen that sucker on either.
  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    This one?
  7. Texas04 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2005
    Thanks alot! Answered my questions :)
    and thanks for the comparison chart, that helped alot 2.

    Looks like intelPB with a 15" screen 100GB hard drive and 1Gig or ram with FCE :) for me.

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