Searching more powerful than iMovie, but affordable

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by catchmikey, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. catchmikey macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2008
    Hello everyone! This is my 1st post to the community, so I'd like to say hi and hope to share some chats.

    I've been editing movies on iMovie for a while, and was curious whether there are some other video editing software available that are as easy to use and affordable (meaning something below $200)

    I would like to have more options such as playing two separate clips simultaneously, creating video boxes, and more flexibility with text controls.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

  2. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    I think final cut express is your best option. It is $200, but will do all of the things you want and much more. It also very similar to FCP, so you will have no problem learning that in the future if you want to do even more.
  3. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area
    iMovie 6 is better then iMovie 8 (with plugins) and is free

    Final cut express is good too.
  4. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    I second iMovie 6HD. I have FCE and went back to iMovie 6 after buying plugins from geethree. Very cool plugins.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    You are in luck, Final Cut Express sells for $199. To get a feel for how FCE works, watch the tutorials at

    FCE does require some study. It is a multi-track nonlinear editor and is really a different kind of editor then iMovie
  6. Courtaj macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2008
    Edinburgh, U.K.
    iMovie HD does not support more than one channel of video. Final Cut Express 4 will do what you want, and it's really very good value for money - especially if you're a student or teacher at a university in which case it's a little less than half price after the higher education discount.

  7. heynsmd2 macrumors member

    May 1, 2005
    I used iMovie 06 for several months and liked the simplicity and layout... It is very intuitive to start using requiring almost no prior experience... The main problem was the instability of iMovie '06, and would crash many times during a session (especially after importing a 60min DV tape).

    FCE is relatively challenging to learn but is MUCH more stable in my experience and therein lies its advantage to me... The fact that it is so much more powerful was a secondary consideration that I only now start to appreciate... There are a great number of tutorials on-line for FC pro that applies to FCE too!

    FCE's pro user interface looks 'unsightly' at first if you are only used to the usual mac UI, but it is built for efficiency and it stopped bothering me after a while.

    iMovie 08 turned out much better than expected (after reading the negative reviews and complaints on forums)... It is actually my first choice for making quick movies for youtube or MobileMe.

    Consider getting QTpro if you do lots of video transcoding...

    In short - Learning FCE is worth your investment in time for great results. iMovie 08 is great for video sharing on-line in my opinion...
  8. catchmikey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2008
    thanks everyone for the thoughts and advice! Hopefully I can talk with Santa and see if FCE may work within the budget.....this seems like the way to go

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