Best edit workflow

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Europe calling, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. Europe calling macrumors regular

    Europe calling

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    The Netherlands
    #1
    Hi,

    I have iMovie '08 and Final Cut Express at my disposal for editing AVCHD clips from my camcorder. Is there a way to work faster, i.e. should i import everything in FCE right away or make a rough edit in iMovie first and then export to FCE to do the things you can't do with iMovie?
    I am relatively new to editing stuff myself and am trying to figure out the best order in which i should go at it.

    If anyone knows of some free online tutorials on this i would be very happy to hear from you too.
     
  2. nep61 macrumors 6502

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    If Speed is your main issue and, you're concerned about EDITING faster... and, since you are new to the Editing in general...my suggestion would be to learn FCE as well as you can, and work with one edit platform.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong but, unless there is a specific reason you NEED to use iMovie '08, it just seems to be a waste of time to cut half the project on that platform and transfer the project to FCE.

    Also, as far as expandability, FCE can be upgraded to FCS easily enough at a later date...iMovie '08 is... well, it's iMovie '08.

    This probably wasn't what you had hoped to hear but, having been a full-time editor on both AVID and Final Cut for the past 10+ years, my experience always puts me in the same position each time a NEW project comes up... Which edit program will suite my and the client's needs best? Then I will stick with that.

    Plus, you will ALWAYS get faster editing, using shortcut keystrokes instead of a mouse to find a drop down menu etc.... TIME (speed) usually becomes an issue with regard to importing footage, rendering footage, and exporting footage, burning the footage to a DVD etc.... that's where time is usually wasted or should I say... unproductive.
     
  3. cecilworsley macrumors newbie

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    Eric Meek on YT

    Hello i have some tutorials that i think would interest you. He usually post a video a day if not more. Right now he is in to some advanced shake 4 things, but if you go in to his arcives there is a lot of material that you can learn from. He usually has a mix some iMovie to Shake. Hope you subscirbe here is the URL.

    http://www.youtube.com/emeek77

    http://www.finalcutstudioschool.com
     

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