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TA26655: Opening an iMovie project in Final Cut Express HD

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TA26655 opening final cut express movie in imovie hd

207 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 9, 2012 10:49 AM by Bengt Wärleby RSS
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Nov 9, 2012 10:26 AM

I need to fix the exposure in a school play video that I shot, but I only have imovie hd along with idvd hd to create the dvd.

I'm going to have to purchase an older copy of final cut express to do so, I think. If I open the imovie hd file in final cut express and tone down the exposure, can I then import that "fixed" file back into imovie hd or will I need to finish editing in final cut express and make a dvd from that? My ultimate goal is to make a disk image of the dvd movie for making future copies. What is the best way to do this?

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)



    Can only answer parts of this but anyhow.


    A. iMovie and FinalCut - or really iMovie HD6 and FinalCut Express 4 or FinalCut Pro 6 - doesn't use the same way to handle VIDEO. So one can not jump from one to the other.


    B. This has been made even worse as

    • iMovie HD6 - and iMovie'08 to 11 - HAS nothing in common but the name - not a bit of code is related.

    • FinalCut Express and FinalCut Pro was one way compatible from Express to Pro - not back

    • FinalCut is now also disgraced in naming - as FCE/FCP - doesn't have any relation to FinalCut Pro X either.


    So this is not as easy as it could have been.


    You can in iMovie HD6 - Export out as a full quality movie and in FinalCut Express or Pro import it to lay a final touch to it - BUT - all is glued in so no further changes can be made to what's done in iMovie HD e.g. texts and transitions etc.


    BUT !


    The tools to color-correct and brightness / contrast adjustments is superior in FinalCut to iMovie where they are but basic. (nearly of no use at all - very very raw)


    So this and some other tool's made me take the jump into FinalCut Pro (6.0.4) and I love it. Steep learning curve - but the freedom is fantastic.


    Must problem is in the very beginning

    • selecting what kind of project You are doing - e.g. PAL SD-Video 48kHz audio

    • how the material is stored - and setting up the scratch disks (they jump back - so one must keep a very observant eye to this - EVERY time starting-up)

    • but when this is a natural habit to get all sorted out (photos, audio and video where it must be) then the fun really begins.


    Good Luck - and have a fantastic time - Key-framing is just one of the wonderful tings You'll find.


    Yours Bengt W


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