Final Cut Pro greenhorn

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    MiniD3 macrumors 6502a

    MiniD3

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    Hi Guys
    Finally got a DSLR with video option
    managed to export to desktop as mov file,
    tried to show on tv, format not usable so used Aiseesoft to change to Mp4, worked a treat!

    Not sure if the above method is the best way to go, but a start I guess

    I'm using the FCP trial version, @ $380 AUD, appeared quite expensive for what you get?

    Title options are very ordinary, what is the recommended plug-in for titles?

    lastly, remembering back from many years ago when I was using windose and had a handy cam, I did use Pinnacle and it did a lot of rendering, didn't see any rendering in FCP?

    Also, I should ask, how does FCP compare with Adobe Premier Elements?
    .......Gary
     
  2. kohlson macrumors 6502a

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    Let me see if I can answer some of these. Consider stating with iMovie. There are lots of nice features in there, it's free, and the workflow/layout is similar to FCP, so if you want more features the learning curve is not very steep. Premiere is nice, and very capable. But it's a subscription model (at least in the USA) so be prepared to send money to Adobe forever. Glad Aiseesoft worked for you. Others "convertors" to try are Handbrake and VLC (free). Processing power is now such that rendering while editing is minimized. It's way more complicated than that, but the shorter answer is advanced codecs and formats make editing much easier.
     
  3. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for the heads-up,
    had a look at the trial Premier elements last night, didn't like it that much
    I forgot to mention it was Adobe Premier Elements which is not subscription

    I am prepared to buy FCP if it is one of the best products, a lot here appear to have it but I don't know much about its limitations,
    I was impressed how fast the processing is
    .........Gary
     
  4. haysoos123 macrumors newbie

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    Premiere Elements is about on the level of iMovie, meaning they are both more consumer-focused. They are adequate for hobbyists and prosumers. FCPX and Premiere Pro are about on the same level and are roughly equivalent in terms of functionality, which means they are capable of any editorial task from basic home movies up to feature films. For a novice, I would say FCPX is somewhat easier to learn because it hides a lot of its complexity at first. Both programs are good an mature at this point, so try them both out and see what you like to use.
     
  5. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you,
    After reading the replies, will go for FCP shortly,
    My 64GB XQD cards are slowing the cashflow at the moment being $400 AUD,
    will get FCP next month
    ........Gary
     
  6. RCAFBrat macrumors 6502

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    I believe there is a one month free trial available although you can put that off until you have time to explore the features and new workflow.

    Cheers
     
  7. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you,
    Have downloaded the free trial and have purchased the video's from izzyvideos.com easy to follow and most probably
    plenty to get me started
    ........Gary
     
  8. Unami macrumors 6502a

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    you can edit/build upon all FCPX Titles, or create new ones, with Apple Motion.
     
  9. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    OP, I'm new to FCPX as well and am considering a DSLR as well but am using a borrowed one from a friend right now.

    My input here is that I bought a few US$100 iTunes cards via advertised PayPal sales @ a 20% discount each - my US$299 MAS purchase really cost me $239, a US$60 discount. The iTS/MAS codes were emailed to me, per the terms of the sales - I had my codes within a couple of hours. If a similar sale is available in Australia, a discount is a good thing. I discovered the sales via the Slickdeals web site. Cheers!
     
  10. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow! Just had a look, truly amazing
    Thank you,
    ......Gary
     
  11. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Tks for the heads-up, interesting option
    .......Gary
     

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