iMovie HD or Final Cut Express for

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mhsquire, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. mhsquire macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
    I just ordered a Macbook Pro 13" to be able to rip Blu-rays with an external drive. There are some movies on Blu-ray I just want to edit out certain parts, like extreme violence or language. I plan to watch Blu-rays and the edited movies on either a 720P projector or 1080P plasma TV, so I'd like the quality of the edits to be close to the original source. Is iMovie HD good enough to do minor edits to a Blu-ray source that was ripped by MakeMKV? Or should I pay for Final Cut Express?
  2. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think either of those can edit MKVs directly. You have to find a converter (which may/may not lose lose some quality while converting) to be placed in an iMovie or FCE timeline.

    As for which editor I'd pick, I'd think iMovie HD is okay but I don't know if it can export in 1080P. I mean, I would try it first because I'm assuming you already have it. But if you find iMovie too slow or not right, you can't go wrong with FCE.

    Again, the only problem I see is that you need a converter for MKV footage.
  3. mhsquire thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2009
    Someone from school suggested Squared 5's MPEG Streamclip for converting MKV files to something iMovie or Final Cut Express can use. If no one knows the loss of quality by doing this, I'll just have to wait until I set up my system. Thanks anyway.

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