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Final Cut Express 4.0 vs 3.5

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manzanaguy Calculating status...
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Nov 27, 2012 5:39 PM

I am in the process of wanting to upgrade from FCE 2.0.  I have the option of upgrading to FCE 3.5 or FCE 4.  Which of the two should I choose?  Is there an advantage of one from the other?  I just purchased a Canon HD recorder which uses SD cards to record the video.  I'm currently  using an intel core duo iMac and Power Book.   Any suggestions are appreciated.

Final Cut Express 3.5 and 4.0, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    Nov 27, 2012 7:45 PM (in response to manzanaguy)

    Your profile says you are using Snow Leopard (10.6.8) and a Canon camcorder that records to SD memory cards (probably AVCHD video, right?)  You should go with FCE 4 for both reasons.


    FCE 3.5 would be ok on Tiger or Leopard.  And the only HD format it works with is HDV.  No SD card camcorder that I know of records to HDV.  Most of them are AVCHD.  And you need FCE 4 for AVCHD video.

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 8:58 AM (in response to manzanaguy)

    Hi again,


    MPEG4-AVC/H.264 and AVCHD derive from the same family of standards but they are not necessarily the same.  It depends on how the camcorder manufacturer implemented the choices available in the standards.  Look for the AVCHD logo on your camera & manual; if it's there, you have an AVCHD camcorder.


    FCE 4 supports AVCHD but FCE 3.5 does not.  Also, FCE 4 is fine on both Leopard (10.5.x) and Snow Leopard (10.6.x).  I have it running on both versions of OS X, and it works flawlessly.


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