Best Mac Video Editing Software to replace PD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Cwalker173, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. Cwalker173, Nov 24, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2016

    Cwalker173 macrumors newbie


    Nov 23, 2016
    Hi all, I am using Power Director for Windows on my PC but am getting Mac and want to purchase a similar program for it since PD is not available for Mac. I am not a professional but do hour long movies with lots of effects, music etc that I burn onto disk mainly for hockey teams and so edit a lot of video, need something that is fast while rendering during edit if that makes any sense. Also need it to import different types of media file formats (ex. mvi, mp4) Sorry I am not very tech savvy when it comes to terminology lol. Any recommendations are appreciated

    This is iMac I am getting if that matters(I am assuming the system that you have affects performance of the software)
    late 2015
    27-inch (diagonal) Retina 5K display with IPS technology; 5120x2880 resolution
    32GB memory
    3TB Fusion Drive
    AMD Radeon R9 M395X
  2. gian8989 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2015
    Take a look at Final Cut Pro X. When it comes to video editing on a Mac it should be the best.
  3. joema2 macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2013
    You could use iMovie or FCPX for this. iMovie is free, and despite the "entry level" positioning it is actually very capable and often used by professionals. FCPX is obviously a higher end product with more capability.

    Re "lots of effects" FCPX has a number built in plus there's a very active market for 3rd-party plugins. Here are some examples:

    FxFactory (like an app store for plugins):

    There is a huge amount of high-quality on-line training available for FCPX. Two examples are:

    Ripple Training:

    Some of Ripple's training is free on MacBreak Studio:

    You will probably need additional external storage, at least eventually. The render files and temp files used by FCPX take up a lot of space. Also neither iMovie nor FCPX has much ability to author DVDs. I think Roxio Toast can author DVDs on a Mac.

    Since you are probably shooting 1080p or above, a DVD (which is only 720 x 480) throws away 5/6ths of the pixels. DVDs were a nice convenient release form, but increasingly people have mobile devices or thin laptops without an optical drive. In general I'd recommend exploring other distribution alternatives such as streaming video or even bulk low-cost USB thumb drives.
  4. gevalt macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2002
    well i AM a professional video editor and while i don't use it on a regular basis, when it comes to being able to throw any file type at it, the best i've seen is adobe premiere.

    unfortunately it's only available on adobe's CC subscription basis.
  5. Cwalker173 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Nov 23, 2016
    Thank you joema2 for all the info, I will look into both:)

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