Final Cut Express vs. Final Cut Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by b0nehead, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. b0nehead macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2003
    What features does Final Cut Pro have over Final Cut Express? Also, is Final Cut Express that much better than iMovie?
  2. LFrascogna macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    After a cursory use of final cut pro (I use final cut express and imovie a lot), here is what I have found. Final Cut Pro is just a bulked up version of Final Cut Express. Tools that pros would use. It feels like the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Image Ready. A lot of the extras a normal user would never even need. However, I can clearly tell you the difference between final cut express and imovie. When I need multiple tracks, video and audio, i use final cut express. My favorite thing to use imove for is to put together picture presentations, ie the ken burns effect.

    Either way, the biggest thing for each is going to be the learning curve and the fact that the final cut programs render later instead of on the fly like imovie (which slows down composition i think).

    HA, and cost, unless you are a pro, go with final cut express if you are hell bent on spending money.
  3. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Also, Pro comes with Soundtrack, LiveType, and Cinema Tools (formerly a separate $1000 app). I've seen some non-Apple demos of LiveType, and it's damned amazing.
  4. ksz macrumors 68000

    Oct 28, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    Also note that if you buy FCE with a Mac, you'll get it for $99, a savings of $200. In the future if you decide you need FCPro you can upgrade from FCE for $699:

    That's a total cost of $99 + $699 = $798, a savings of $201 from the list price of FCPro.

    If you buy FCPro with a Mac, it'll save you only $150:

    CORRECTION: You have to buy FCPro and DVD Studio Pro with a new Mac to save $300, or without a Mac to save $150. But you need to buy both. :(

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