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Steven Davis November 30th, 2011 08:38 PM

Final Cut Express
 
Well, I'm a PC NLE on Sony Vegas. But since I bought this honkin IMAC behind me, I figured I'd get something to do basic video on it. I was going to get Adobe Premiere Elements, but then I thought about FCE.

I wouldn't spend the money on Final Cut Pro, besides I've spent 7 years figuring out Vegas. lol.

I essentially want an editor on my mac so on the chance I throw a video in there, I can fiddle with it.

Any opinions.?

Michael Wisniewski November 30th, 2011 09:40 PM

Re: Final Cut Express
 
FCP Express is EOL, take a look at iMovie to see if it will work for your basic edits. Coming from Vegas I found the iMovie/FCP X interface easy to learn. Don't know about Premiere Elements.

Les Wilson December 1st, 2011 06:30 AM

Re: Final Cut Express
 
Your iMac comes with iMovie built in so you can use that right away. However, it's basically a single track editor. Most people, when they want to branch out into compositing multiple video tracks move up to FCE, FCP, or Premier.

FCE is a cut down version of FCP and, as mentioned is End of Life'd. You may however be able to get a good deal out of it and climb the learning curve for a while. But recognize that all your projects can't be opened once you move on to FCP-X.

FCP-X is intended to replace both FCE and FCP. For $299, if sits at the same retail price point as FCE and I don't know why you would not just move to it. You're making the switch at a time when you can get in at the beginning of the FCP-X phase. All your projects should move forward from here. If money is the issue, then get started with iMovie and save up till you can afford it. Seems like a no-brainer to me. YMMV

Steven Davis December 1st, 2011 04:55 PM

Re: Final Cut Express
 
I'll look into it, that was very helpful. Being in bed with PCs for 17 years, it's been interesting getting acquainted with macs.

Steven Davis December 1st, 2011 05:20 PM

Re: Final Cut Express
 
Second thought; After looking at the tutorials, mulitcam looks complicated. With Vegas and Excalibur, I can sync and multicam edit with buttons. Hmmmm..... Thinking

Luc De Wandel December 11th, 2011 05:42 AM

Re: Final Cut Express
 
If I were you, I'd try to find a second hand retail package of Final Cut Studio 2 or 3. Does a lot more than FCE. I would not venture into FCX yet, as easy multicam editing is not possible, choosing your exact location for your files is a pain in the neck, rendering is slow, and so on.

If you want Final Cut Studio 2, I could leave you my set of dDVD's in the original packaging. Just let me know.


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