Hi! I am starting to do a bit of video and I am looking at software for editing and presenting videos. I use a camcorder but also D7000 and D800. Is Final Cut Pro x a good application on my Mac? I have plenty of RAM and processor, and I still need to be able to present DVD and perhaps even Blu Ray discs at the end of it! Thanks for helping. Is there another type of software I should use? On a trial version of FCPx at the moment. Cheers, IainD
Iain, I moved to FCPX last summer and it has improved since then. I still have FCP 7 but use it less and less, simply because FCPX is so fast and efficient. The interface is similar to iMovie (and some critics call it iMovie Pro) but once you get used to it, editing is powerful and fast and it makes the most of your processor and RAM.
Here are two books that I found helpful in learning FCPX: "FInal Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users" by Tom Wolsky and "Final Cut Pro X: Making the Transition" by Larry Editor Jordan. Both authors are pro in their fields and Larry Jordan has a great blog and website with some instructional materials http://www.larryjordan.biz/
Both books are available as Kindle downloads from Amazon. Hope this helps.
I use Cyberlink PowerDirctor and plan on getting the Director Suite 2. They have a MAC version and/or a 30 day trial. It is much cheaper and faster than Adobe, Sony, or AVID software that I also have. Just drop you video clips on a timeline. You can edit or produce a DVD or BlueRay disc from there.
I also use FCP X and like its array of capabilities. While there is a bit of a learning curve, it's nothing like learning the older version of FCP.
Between FCP X and Compressor, I can compile, edit from various video source types and output to various media types. It could be a simple video or a complex, multi-camera, multi-media video. The application allows me to put it all together as I need it.
If you're more of a visual learner, MacPro Video has a video series on FCP X that's pretty good. The instructor was part of the Apple FCP X development team and very knowledgeable.
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Thu 26-Dec-13 08:21 AM | edited Thu 26-Dec-13 08:25 AM by kj_fi
Is anyone using Adobe Premiere Pro? I thought someone would recommend it but it might be too expensive? I have Adobe Creative Cloud subscription which includes Premiere, Photoshop, Lightroom and Illustrator -- just to name a few.
I have used Premiere to process a few video files from my D800 but I'm still far from being a pro. There is a relatively steep learning curve and a lot of features and options in it. Premiere also requires a number of new skills, especially when compared to still photography.
I use Premiere Pro for video. Started with the Elements version and eventually moved up. You are correct about the learning curve and the need for new skills. I have a Creative Cloud subscription also - so now I get to learn After Effects and Speed Grade as well
I've used various versions of Pinnacle Studio since about 2005. My current version is 14 Ultimate (the current appears to be 17). Video editing is not my primary focus, and I've only upgraded when new formats compel me to do so. IMO Pinnacle Studio is easy to learn and intuitive to use. It can combine and scale video clips from all of my cameras (Sony Full-HD camcorder, Nikon D90, Coolpix P7100, Nikon 1 V2, D800E plus various Nokia and Apple smartphones) in a single project. My biggest frustration is that gets slow in bigger projects (say, above 30 minutes).