iMovie'11 VS Final Cut Pro X 10 Review

Hunting for the Mac video editing software that fit you better. Show you the cons and pros between iMovie’11 and FCP X.
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May 31, 2012 - PRLog -- For multimedia fans, video editing or polishing the captured shooting has become one part of their daily life. To Mac users, the most popular video editing software should be iMovie and Final Cut Pro X. Here, let’s review these two Apps. Hope it can give some hints to you.

1. iMovie'11
The updated version of iMovie is version 11. The most outstanding feature of the iMovie’11 is its new Movie Trailer, which is a great way to demo the program because it packs all the strengths of the video editor into a compact, visually arresting package. Other three characteristics are like all-new audio editing, one-step effects, people finder.

Pros: Improved audio editing, fun Movie Trailers, which can be converted to projects, support for 24p footage, one-Step Effects automate repetitive edits, side-by-Side and Blue Screen edit options, rolling Shutter fix (results vary depending on footage), single-Row View brings back traditional timeline.

Cons: Interlaced video still hampered by single-field processing, no native AVCHD editing or direct import, pre-processing and import transcoding can be time-consuming.

OS requirement: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Intel only.

Price: $14.99 (Mac App Store)

2.Final Cut Pro X 10
Compared with the original version of Final Cut Pro X, the updated version 10.0.3 has some feature improvements. It is much more professional than iMovie, which has XML export and more.

64-bit and multicore-CPU support for speedier performance. Friendlier interface. Compound clips. Auditions for alternative clips. Magnetic trackless timeline. Background processing. Good organization tools—ratings, tagging, auto analysis for faces, scenes, and stabilization. Powerful new multicam support. Powerful keying features. Supports Thunderbolt and studio-monitor output.

Can't import projects from previous Final Cut versions natively (though a third-party plugin can). Custom export settings require separate Compressor app.

OS requirements: OS X v10.6.8 or OS X v10.7.2 or later (OS X v10.7.2 or later for broadcast monitoring); Intel Core 2 Duo

Price: $299 (Mac App Store)

Import HD Formats Supported with iMovie’11 VS Final Cut Pro 10:
iMovie:  1080i, 720p, AVCHD and DVCPRO HD

FCP X 10: 1080i,1080p,720p,AVC-1,AVCHD,DVCPRO HD,HDV,Uncompressed HD,XDCAM HD

In the above list of supported input file formats, you will find there are still some popular file formats that aren’t included like MP4, AVI, MKV, etc. In the case, you will find a third party video converter for Mac can be a great assistance, which can convert almost any kinds of video to the target one for iMovie or Final Cut Pro, for example, load any AVI to iMovie or import MP4 into Final Cut Pro for editing.

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In conclusion, you will find iMovie and Final Cut Pro can attract different groups of consumers. To those who are novices, choose iMovie should be more reasonable, for it is easy-to-handle and affordable. Anyway, to Pros, you may find iMovie is far from meeting the professional demand. Final Cut Pro is your better choice.
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