I'm an amateur movie editor and so far I've editted 6 videos with iMovie '06 (because it doesn't have THAT many effects, but later versions have none!) It's not something I want to do professionally, it's just a fun hobby. Never the less, I see other BRILLIANT vids on youtube (many made with sony vegas) that do amazing things with masking, layering, and textures, and other things that iMovie just can't. I get frustrated because I know if I invested the time in learning how to do those things with a program I could probably do it. I've been considering switching to FCE, but have heard that it has terrible masking capabilities and not much specifics on the kind of effects I'm thinking of. (It doesn't help that I don't know what all the terms mean, but I'm learning) Along with masking, layering, and textures, I'd also want to be able to pan video clips and such. Also, I'd mainly be making videos using files (in the past I've used mpeg files). Here are two examples of the types of videos (which I did not make because they are too awesome) I'd even HOPE to make using FCE (without a million expensive plugins): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQHBZkOT6KQ&NR=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SzLkj_0ij4 Sorry if there's a thread similar to this, but I didn't find it specific enough to cover my questions. I'd really appreciate any help! Thanks in advance!