FCE v iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by inquisitive, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. inquisitive macrumors newbie


    Mar 13, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    I did a lot of video editing in school with FCP on a G4. I'm looking to buy a Mac for personal use (probably an iMac) and would like to digitize and burn some home videos to DVD. I just want to do simple editing, titles and a DVD menu.
    1) Can iMovie do this or do I need to look into FCE/P
    2) Will the 20" iMac handle editing well or do I need to consider a Pro?
  2. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I use iMovie and find it limited. FCE is essentially everything FCP without the ability to produce a high end pro product. It comes with Soundtrack and Live Type and through March 27th you can get it for $99 with any Mac. This is a way better deal than an edu copy, since edu copies don't qualify for upgrades. Knowing that you have used FCP, their is no learning curve, so it is really a no brainer. I am planning on making the jump to FCE as soon as I get my new Mac. I'm waiting for Leopard though. The 20" iMac will do you fine, you don't need a Mac Pro, but don't forget your RAM.
  3. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    Wait For iMovie '07 & Leopard To Ship With Your First Mac

    If you go to a bookstore, you will see that iMovie is a lot more powerful than it appears on the surface. I would wait for iMovie '07 to ship with Leopard before buying your first Mac.
  4. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

    Cult Follower

    Feb 20, 2007
    North Dakota
    Wait for leopard and iLife '07, because i don't think leapard will be released before March 27th so you will have to pay full price for FCE anyway.
  5. AviationFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    By all means, get FCE! If you are already familiar with the Final Cut series, you will feel insanely limited by iMovie. I've used both (FCP, actually), and there's no way I'd go back. For $99 and with your prior Final Cut experience, this is a no brainer.

    - Martin
  6. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    $199 for FCS 5.1UB From Old FCP & PPC Parts Of FCS

    Of if you can find a copy of FCP 4/4.5 of a PPC part of Studio you can get Final Cut Studio 5.1UB for only $199 more.

    Postmark DEADLINE Monday March 19.
  7. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    You are the man. Thanks for the heads up. Just mailed my FCP 4 install disc out yesterday.

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