Final Cut Help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nick22692, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. nick22692 macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2009
    I am currently looking at Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express. I need help from people who either have one of the other or from those who know a good bit about these two. I just need to know about them so i can decide which is the best for me.

  2. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    If you'd tell us more about what you're doing, it would help a lot. It's tough to recommend one over the other if we have no idea what you're planning on doing with it.

    That said, I've worked with both Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express, and in my experience FCE can do 95% of what you need. It will do all your basic editing, transitions, filters, etc. It will do basic text effects. About the only thing it will not do, IIRC, are some of the advanced cinematic effects that people working with actual film conversions would need. It is a very powerful piece of software for the average - semi-pro users.

    The biggest difference, imo, is the supporting software bundled with Final Cut Studio. Motion is a fantastic program for creating animated titles, very cool transitions, and more. Color offers colour correction facilities well beyond what is included within FCP. And Soundtrack is a powerful music mixing program. I've never used LiveType myself, but glancing at it seems neat. And all these programs integrate flawlessly with Final Cut.

    So, my suggestion given what you've told us is simple: if you need to do editing and little more, then go with Express. It will handle all of your editing tasks with ease. But if you need advanced functions, or the facilities offered by Motion, Color, or Soundtrack, then get Final Cut Studio.
  3. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
  4. Voodoophone macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Not to mention DVD Studio Pro, which also bundles in with FCS.
    It's a bit of a learning curve, but it's better than iDVD by a country mile.

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