Video editing software for G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by PrinterJelle, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. PrinterJelle macrumors newbie


    Mar 29, 2017
    Hillegom / Holland
    What are the options in the field of video editing on a Power Mac G5? At this moment I use iMovie HD but maybe there are more good options. I found this link, The software is difficult to find, that's the only problem. I am curious about other tips.
  2. Dronecatcher, Dec 18, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018

    Dronecatcher macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
    I find iMovie HD 6 is adequate for basic tasks - Final Cut Express can be had if you search for it on
  3. PrinterJelle thread starter macrumors newbie


    Mar 29, 2017
    Hillegom / Holland
    Thanks for your tip!
  4. Traace macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2018
    I have final cut express (latest version for ppc) on a g5. Its good and has much features but some codecs are not compatible. However they work great in iMovie.
  5. AdamBuker macrumors newbie


    Mar 1, 2018
    Depending on what you might want to do there are different options.

    TLDR:iMovie 09 for simplicity. Final Cut Studio for 24fps editing with fine grained control.

    iMovie 09 will run just fine on the G5 and has the advantage of having a built in library to organize all of your clips, plus you can do more advanced things like better color correction or green screen. There really isn't a whole lot that Final Cut Express can do that this can't. If simplicity and flexibility are your top concerns, I would use iMovie 09.

    Final Cut Express has many advanced features but a much steeper learning curve, but it only supports 30/25 fps like iMovie. The major advantage that FCE has over iMovie 09 is that you can adjust things with much finer detail, but with iMovie 09 you don't have to render like you do with FCE and iMovie HD.

    If you want to do more advanced editing and have support for projects that use a 24fps framerate, I would recommend Final Cut Studio 2. It's what I use for my editing and it works just the same as Final Cut Express. It has better color correction tools, better customization for setting up sequences, plus you get advanced tools for typography and graphics with Motion.
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    PS: If you're having trouble finding software, I would recommend purchasing a used copy on ebay. Especially if you think you might want to get into the more advanced software of Final Cut Studio 2 as a full boxed copy will have lots of documentation to go with it.

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