Entry level software

NTJetboater

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Oct 19, 2006
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Yellowknife
Hello People.
I just picked up my first mac and am anxious to get editing video. What is a good program to start with. I have around 100 mini dv tapes to cut through for a project I am working on. I don't know if I am ready for FCP.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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iMovie...? It's a part of iLife and comes free with all new Macs. Edit: Just like amiga said...

Or, maybe Final Cut Express, if you want to spend some money...?
 

lanray

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Mar 18, 2005
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iMovie

Go with iMovie for a few weeks before you buy anything. I have the offer of using a friend's machine with Final Cut Express, but iMovie does just about everything I need (except captions, even then you can "jimmy" titles to do a reasonable caption). iMovie coupled with iDVD is fairly comprehensive for the entry level videographer. Good luck!
 

MrSmith

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iMovie is fun :)

Support at the Apple site is excellent for sorting out teething problems. Not that MR members wouldn't help, I hasten to add. But the Apple site is full of people with problems :( :D
 

Macnoviz

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I'd go for iMovie, too, I am now using Final Cut Express for the keying features and such, after using Adobe Premiere and iMovie (after the switch) and iMovie is actually pretty good for editing. I do advise you to get enough RAM, and if you use an external HD, go for FireWire, and not USB (it's not only the transfer speed that makes the difference).

And save often, I have experienced several total crashes whilst doing stuff in iMovie
 

NTJetboater

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Yellowknife
thanks for the quick responses.
I have been editing on a PC for a few years, just new again to a mac.
I should have enough ram to start, I went with a MP 2g ram, terrabyte of HD space, dual superdrives and 2 external HDs.

Will the mac recognize all of my avi files on my externnal that I captured with my pc????
thanks again and I will have a ton of questions to come I am sure.:D
Also how do I add an avatar
 

Macnoviz

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NTJetboater said:
thanks for the quick responses.
I have been editing on a PC for a few years, just new again to a mac.
I should have enough ram to start, I went with a MP 2g ram, terrabyte of HD space, dual superdrives and 2 external HDs.

Will the mac recognize all of my avi files on my externnal that I captured with my pc????
thanks again and I will have a ton of questions to come I am sure.:D
Also how do I add an avatar
avi won't be a problem, and an avatar takes you 500 posts.

Coincidentally, my previous post in this thread was my 500th.

Yay !! I got a tar
 

PegasusMedia

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Mar 29, 2006
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Yikes. That looks dangerous. Those driver's point of views cameras make me cry like a little girl.

I'd suggest Final Cut Express. If you've been doing videos for years on your PC imovie will just frustrate you. FCE might be a little over your head at first, but you'll grow into it. You want to keep increasing your skills, right? imovie is not the answer for that.
 

NTJetboater

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Well I am into my first hour and why did I wait. I knew I needed the editing power. So the first thing I do is drop 95 clips @ 4.2gb into Imovie. Pretty cool. But I see I'll need FCE soon. There are not too many options in Imovie.

Where can I get wicked transitions..maybe an explosion from the clip or lightning strike?
 

Texas04

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there is lighting in iMovie and there is a disiningrate in iMove with the earthquake effect may do something for you...
 
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