2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 13, 2012 12:03 PM by Matthew Morgan
Nicky McCatty Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

A potential client wants to produce video podcasts and audio podcasts, too. They plan to buy an HD cam, and then use the raw footage to make the finished product. The video podcasts will be recordings of classes, lectures and the like, so I suspect that a combination of iMovie and GarageBand will sufficiently robust. Is there any compelling reason why I should recommend FinalCut Pro or FinalCut Express HD instead of iMovie?


They will be using a new Mac, probably an iMac, but they might choose a Mini or MacBook instead.




  • 1. Re: iMovie vs Final Cut
    AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)

    Your client would be on the borderline between FCPX and iMovie.


    iMovie would be simple and sufficient for most of their needs. However, two things might push me to recommend FCPX.


    If they might use multiple cameras or multiple audio sources (not just the sound from the Camera's microphone) then FCP becomes the way to go.


    Also, the length of the lectures may be a factor. When you edit in iMovie, you are basically creating a list of instructions that will be executed when you render the movie. All rendering is done in one pass as you share the movie.  This means that the real "strike zone" for iMovie is consumer videos of 30 minutes or less. You may be able to get videos of an hour or more if they are simple, low def, etc.


    With FCPX rendering is done in the background as you go, so there is no constraint on length.

  • 2. Re: iMovie vs Final Cut
    Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,555 points)



    Just to add to resident guru, AppleMan1958's comments...


    Keep in mind that when you buy a new Mac you get iMovie and GarageBand so your client will automatically have those options.


    If your client is going to be doing a lot of this kind of thing, I would lean towards Final Cut Pro X as it's a bit more robust in terms of features and capabilities.


    There's a free trial of Final Cut Pro X available so doing a hands on comparison wouldn't cost anything.




    Although, FinalCut Express may still be available, it has a fairly steep learing curve that could be a factor.