Thoughts on Vid editing

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by hoosierfan24, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. hoosierfan24 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    hey i am in a class next semester called intro media productions, and I was wondering what you guys at mac rumors thought would be the best program to use for editing purposes, I have final cut pro and that is just very complex. Is there any others you would recommend that would be easier. I dont need a total noob program though cause I no my way around computer pretty good

  2. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    Well there's iMovie at the other end of the spectrum. I don't know that there's anything in the middle in terms of ease of use. Final Cut Express is in-between in terms of price and features, but it works in much the same way as Final Cut Pro, so learning the basics in that is much like learning the basics in FCP. I don't know of any non-Apple software that would fit (maybe others do...).

    If iMovie doesn't look enough for you it might be worth just knuckling down and learning FCP. It gets easier once you pick a few things up.
  3. hoosierfan24 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    ok thanks I guess i will just stick wit FCP also i could use adobe premiere what would you say is a better starting point?
  4. KeriJane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    I find Premiere Pro to be a bit cryptic like other Adobe products.
    But I'm more or less used to it now.
    I've got FCE here and it's different that Premiere. Probably better different, but I'm not used to it.

    I can say that you want to pick one or the other. Had I started on a Mac, I probably would have gone with FCP and probably would have been better off.

    Right now, Premiere Pro CS4 is at a disadvantage on Mac OX. Because Adobe didn't have enough time to re-write the whole thing before release, it only runs in 32-bit mode for Macs. With the huge files and process loads common to Video work 32-bit holds us back more than any other user.

    The only thing I miss from the world of PC (and the only reason I use Boot Camp) is Pinnacle Studio. Studio is easy, fun and can make some outstanding videos. Unfortunately, no Mac version.

    Have Fun,
  5. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Not sure what mac your on but if you can use iMovie 6HD, do it. Allot better than the newer version and has many capabilities the newer imovie doesn't have.

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