imovie alternative?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by blingies, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. blingies macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2009

    Being a Sony Vegas person on windows, i was anxious to use iMovie 09 on my new MBP.

    After making a simple video with iMovie, i foundit very complicated...

    In particular, the general timeline was difficult to use and edit... For example, i wanted to make a clip longer and therefore, it had to be slowed down. In Vegas, it was the simple move of holding down CTRL and click and drag the end of one clip to make it longer...

    I didnt like iMovie as it seemed more like the basic newbie movie program. I want a program that is designed for advanced users and has more control over the timeline.

    Im thinking of getting Final Cut Pro.

    Is there anyone with experience on FCP? I want to use that program over iMovie as it seems more advanced and more sophisticated then iMovie...

    Can anyone who uses FCP tell me about it compared to iMovie and in particular, tell me about the timeline and its functions??

    Thanks for reading.
  2. LillieDesigns macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2005
    Los Angeles
    I'll give you my dumbed down answer and I'm sure plenty of people will also end up posting so:

    If you want ease, I'd say try the older version of iMovie which hopefully is still available on Apple's website. When they changed iMovie they messed it up in m opinion and the older version still is a great, easy to use piece of software.

    As for FCP and Avid and the like, they are definitely the most powerful, but there is a learning curve for sure. I started on iMovie, went to film school and was forced to use Avid and I hate the way it is set up. FCP is similar to Avid, but I find FCP way more intuitive.

    Basically the old iMovie will be the easiest, FCP/Avid the most powerful, but they will take some time to learn. There is a great website with tons of online tutorials on how to learn programs like FCP, but I can't think of its name off the top of my head.

    Hope this helps!
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    There is also Final Cut Express, a toned-down version of Final Cut Pro. costs 199USD.

    As to Avid and FCP, they might be to powerful for your needs.
    Avid costs more than 2000USD, FCP is bundled with four other quite good software titles and costs only 1000USD.

    Even though Avid is more unintuitive I like it more than FCP.
    I come from Ulead (crap) to Premiere (better) to Avid (quite good, but with serious quirks) and have tried Final Cut Studio (FCS) and found FCP harder to get a grasp on than Color or Motion, but that may be due to my rigid Avid mind.
  4. martinX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    Always thought this looked interesting:
    Media Edit

    Media works also looks good but it's more of a presentation tool. I think it looks good for learning about presentation and how multimedia "goes together" in order to get your point across, so it's good for a student learning generally applicable techniques rather than specifics of an app, but at some point a pro has to nail their colours to the mast and commit keyboard shortcuts to memory.

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