fcp or iMovie?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by dylanpipe, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. dylanpipe macrumors newbie

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    hey guys,
    I have been doing a lot of filming of late, but since I do not have a mac I have not been able to edit. But, I should be getting a Imac 21.5 within a few weeks.

    But, I know iMovie comes with a mac, and FCP is rather pricy. I know this is most likely frowned apon, but how safe would it be to download FCP off a site like, piratebay, etc. Since, there are many,many more video effects and just better workflow with fcp.
    Im filming with a canon t2i, so would I be able to straight up upload the video clips or would I need to convert them, and would this reduce the quality?


    Last question, I'm making a summer video,movie thing and for an effect I want text but with video clips inside the text would this be possible with iMovie?
    https://vimeo.com/userfundaprod check out some of our videos!

    thanks,
    dylan p.

    I just realized that this area would be better than my previous post--sorry about the double post.
     
  2. TheBeastman13 macrumors regular

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    iMovie is good for the basics, but why not trial FCPX? Ive been using Final Cut Express 4 for two years now and just tried FCPX this last semester for my editing class; which gets the job done nicely.
     
  3. ctyhntr macrumors 6502

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  4. ZMAN Z28 macrumors newbie

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    I'm not saying 399 isn't a lot of money, but it is a great value for FCP X.
     
  5. mBox macrumors 68020

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    Im sure any pirated version works but you might have issues with running the older legacy version of FCS/FCP on a new iMac.
    I suggest you stick with the free iMovie till you are ready to drop down $300 for FCPX (demo it first).
     
  6. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Try iMovie, and see if it works for your intended purpose.

    FCP X is already updated with many of the features some demanded.

    It's 299.
     
  7. mBox macrumors 68020

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    If you have friends that want to try it, then split the cost by using one iTunes account ;)
    You have use up to 5 workstations with FCPX.
     
  8. WRP macrumors 6502a

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    What?
     
  9. mBox macrumors 68020

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    dylanpipe was asking about running the older legacy version on a new Mac.
    Ive ran into a few issues with FCP and Lion.
    Dont need to use it so no sense of trying to figure out why it wont run right.
     
  10. WRP macrumors 6502a

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    I have 2 Mac Pros and 1 MBP, all on Lion running FCS3 just fine. I have different capture cards, raid cards, etc. Never have had a single issue with FCP7 (well in regards to the OS). YMMV
     
  11. mBox macrumors 68020

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    I know it works since others are doing it. I ran into a few weird things last summer and thats the last Ive had to open FCP.
    Just giving others the heads-up that some folks have had problems.
    Im assuming that most that are asking are new to this game.
     

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