will i be sad with final cut express?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by zim, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. zim macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    I have been using Final Cut Pro for about a year now but have not done anything serious as of yet. My only access to the application is through the college that I teach at, so I am looking at getting my own copy. Although I feel that Final Cut Pro is worth the value, it is still too much for me, even with my educators discount. So the big question is, would I be happy with Final Cut Express?

    My goal is to try and obtain DVD Studio Pro and either Express or FInal Cut Pro at the same time. If any one out there has used both Pro and Express, I would greatly appreciate some feedback regarding usage, do they feel the same, did you notice the differences?

  2. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    they are both nice, but final cut comes with some really high end features that most people will never use. if it was final cut pro 3 we were comparing i would say get express. but in the new final cut pro 4 they have added so many extra progroms like livetype and that. so right now i would buy final cut pro 4 if i were you.

  3. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    If you're stuck in that place where iMovie is too simple and Final Cut Pro is too complex and costly, FCE will be right for you. It's the relatively full featured little brother of FCP and everyoen I know who used it loves it.
  4. evil macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    chicago ex-toronto
    ive messed around with both and found FCE to be just great.
    are you making a real movie for world wide release?
    if so i would suggest FCP. if not just save the cash and get FCE.
  5. zim thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    I am not doing anything for the big screen, if I am fortunate, I might see it played on a HD tv but otherwise, everything that I do is mini DV and for either tv or for the web.

    I think the best bet would be for me to go to the apple store and try out express for myself, I think I will be heading into Boston on thursday to do just that.

    thanks for the advice everyone. :D
  6. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    honestly, if you can afford the extra money get final cut express. its a stripped down version of final cut pro 3. final cut pro 4 is much better with the new OfflineRT and LiveType. LiveType is awesome by itself. you can make some really awesome titles.

  7. hugemullens macrumors 6502a


    Dec 15, 2002
    I use FCE a lot, mostly for VHS to DVD stuff, i've edited a few wedding video's, did my old high schools class video this year, and have to start doing a saftey video (i get to use a GL2! YAY!) for a local factory soon. I love FCE. I will admit i havent really used FCP, but i have yet to even use everything FCE gives me.I think you'd be more than happy with FCE.
  8. Espnetboy3 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
  9. zaphoyd macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2002
    Getting final cut pro 4

    Getting Final Cut Pro 4 is not very hard, just go to apple.com/finalcutpro/ and click buy now.
  10. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    i got a question.

    a friend of mine has fce and i wanted to try it out first, before i get my own copy.

    is it possible, that fce cannot recognise "all" miniDV cameras?

    according to the Apple site, fce supports only a number of cameras.

    can anyone confirm this?

    you might be asking, how i think that fce does not recognize my camera. i get this "timecode" error...

    thanks in advance.
  11. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    If it's not on the list it's not supported which means it may or may not work.


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