Final Cut Pro vs. iMovie

Apple iMovie is part of their iLife suite of software products, which are designed to allow home users the ability to create and share multimedia projects on their Mac Computers. iMovie is a video capture and editing program that makes it easy for beginners to enter the interesting world of video creation and editing. However, there are other Apple video editing products that some users may want to consider as well, and in this article we will review some of the differences between Apple's entry level video editing program, iMovie, and their high-end editing program, Final Cut Pro.

Apple iMovie

iMovie ships as part of Apple iLife suite of multimedia projects and is priced at $79.95. You can use the iLife suite of products on up to five personal computers at home for the one low price. iMovie is geared towards first-time or novice video editors that want to learn the basics of video editing and create their own home movies or videos. The program provides basic editing features and a few extras, such as:

  • the ability to include video titles
  • performs simple transitions between clips and scenes
  • exports to a few other popular video formats

With iMovie, novice video editors can import their movies into the program and use it to fine-tune them with an easy-to-use editor. Users can import projects into iMovie simply by dragging and dropping them into the program. They can then apply simple transitions or even smooth out shaky clips with iMovie's automatic video stabilization feature.

iMovie supports the use of themes, which allow users to add matching titles and simple transitions to videos with a few mouse clicks. For travel related videos, iMovie users can even create simple animated maps that make the videos more interesting.

Apple Final Cut Pro

At the other end of Apple's line of video editing software is Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro is Apple's flagship video editing software and is geared toward video professionals. In fact, Final Cut Pro is the choice for the majority of professional video editors that use the Mac operating system.

Final Cut Pro offers almost every imaginable feature and option when it comes to video editing software. The software provides advanced features that make professional video editing faster and more efficient, such as:

  • multicam synchronization support
  • batch sequence capture
  • integration with Apple's other multimedia editing software included in Final Cut Studio

Final Cut Pro also supports many third-party plug-ins that allow the software to be used with formats not usually supported by Apple, as well as plug-ins that make editing and automation tasks faster and easier. There are even third-party plug-ins that allow you to use Final Cut Pro with competing rival products such as those made by Adobe.

While Final Cut Pro is a professional level editing program and supports all advanced features, formats and protocols for videos, the product is not cheap. With a street price of about $1,500, Final Cut Pro is one of the more expensive video editing programs on the market.

Which Product Is Right for You?

If you're trying to decide which video editing program is best for you, the choice will usually boil down to your budget and how quickly you want to begin creating videos. If you're looking for inexpensive product that will allow you to create simple videos and movies in a matter of minutes, iMovie is the product for you. On the other hand, if you don't mind investing a large amount of money, and spending a bit of time to learn how to use the software, Final Cut Pro will allow you to create movies that are professional and more refined.

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