Final Cut (or other video software) question

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Tennyo, May 28, 2010.

  1. Tennyo macrumors member

    Tennyo

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    Can Final Cut do everything that Sony Vegas does? Like, can I do a lot of special effects and masking and all that?

    Or, is there a program for Mac that is similar to Vegas if Final Cut can't do all that?
     
  2. Gator24765 macrumors 6502a

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    im pretty sure it will be able to do all the stuff vegas is capable of..
     
  3. DaReal_Dionysus macrumors regular

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    Sony Vegas is not a professional level program, FCP is!!!! you can bet anything vegas does FCP will do better with greater results.
     
  4. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    With all due respect, that isn't entirely true. I suppose it really depends on what what the user expects from his NLE package. There are things that Vegas can do that FCP can't do and vice-versa. For example, Vegas natively edits R3D video from the RED One camera (performance of course, varies greatly with the speed of your hardware), while FCP requires a transcode. Vegas is also 64-bit native like Premiere Pro and can utilize more system memory for better performance.

    FCP on the other hand supports a much broader range of professional codecs, like DVCPRO and Panasonic P2. Vegas can only support these through third-party plug-ins like Raylight.

    Overall as an editor, I've observed that Vegas has been targeting mostly next-gen post-production workflows - and those have primarily been the tapeless varieties like XDCAM, RED, AVCHD, etc. Vegas (and even the newer versions of Premiere Pro) have been executing these workflows quite well. In all honestly, you can't always say the same about FCP. The majority of its solid state format support requires time-consuming transcoding and that will remain a problem until Apple hopefully does something about it in a future version of FCP.

    When it comes down to it, Avid, FCP, Premiere, Vegas, etc. are merely tools that all produce professional results with perhaps different ways of getting there. The best advice I can give to the OP is that you'll have to determine what your needs are and which NLE will make that happen for you within your budgetary constraints. Because in the end, it's not only the car that wins the race, it's the driver.

    FCP and Avid are the dominating legacy cutting platforms for film and television and a lot of editors find themselves becoming well-versed in one of them or even both. If nothing else, it's easier to collaborate with other trades using the big gun packages.
     
  5. Tennyo thread starter macrumors member

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    What if I were to get Final Cut Express?

    I just want to make sure I can do effects and filters and gradients and masks if need be. It's all stuff I know you can do in Vegas, because I've seen vids posted on YouTube that people have done in Vegas. I just don't want to duel-run Windows which is why I'm looking for a nice alternative.
     
  6. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Express is fine if you don't need professional codec support or the additional software (e.g. Color, DVD Studio Pro, etc.) you get with FCP. FCE is otherwise very similar and has a virtually identical interface. FCE does the majority of what FCP itself will do, so yes, you'll have a lot of the same filters, masks, gradients, etc.
     
  7. Tennyo thread starter macrumors member

    Tennyo

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    Yeah I'm just looking for a hobby, not because I'm a pro. :)

    A friend of mine recently pointed out an open source program called Kdenlive. I may try that.
     

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