TA26655: Opening an iMovie project in Final Cut Express HDLearn about Opening an iMovie project in Final Cut Express HD
Currently Being ModeratedNov 9, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to mrholder)
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 QuickTime.mov 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.
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