8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2013 2:07 PM by Ian R. Brown
turnerlolly Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

What is the difference between Final Cut Express and FC Pro?

Thanks


iMac, Mac OS X (10.0.x)
  • 1. Re: FCP & FCX
    Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,900 points)

    I assume you mean the old Final Cut Pro 7?

     

    If you need to ask that question it's highly likely that the differences will mean nothing to you.

     

    Basically the 2 apps are almost identical but FCP 7 has a lot of additional adjustments under the hood.

     

    However, unless you are a very experienced top end professional these extras are unlikely to be of any use to you.

     

    If you were talking about the new Final Cut Pro X, then that is a whole different ballgame.

     

    It is superficially based on iMovie 9 but that is where the similarity ends. (Rather like saying that a Rolls Royce and a Reliant Robin van are similar, because they are both cars).

     

    FCP X is totally new and far superior to anything that has gone before, though some existing pros can't change old habits and get to grips with it.

  • 2. Re: FCP & FCX
    Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)

    FCP X is totally new and far superior to anything that has gone before, though some existing pros can't change old habits and get to grips with it.

     

    Just like when they introduced aluminum bats in baseball ... new and far superior ... blah blah blah.

     

    Funny how the "pros" still play with wood sticks.

     

    It's not a matter of can't change old habits, it's a matter of being efficient in your world. If you work in the youtube hemisphere, single person editing handicam footage with no technical knowledge of the material, FPX may make sense. If you don't, it may not.

     

    ymmv.

     

    x

  • 3. Re: FCP & FCX
    rhelmes@btconnect.com Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    I moved from FCEx to Pro X a year or so ago. The main benefit to me was the ability to have the renders occur in the background whilea llowing me to carry on working. There is only one screen which switches between the canvas and the viewer (your source video) There is a magnetic timeline so inserts and cuts are much easier to implement c/w FC Ex and there is a huge amount of titling, generator, and other extras to help you make the movie look great.

     

    The interface is good and usually stable. I find my iMac with 16GB of RAM is just about powerful enough.

    There are some good extra to use too - Events Manager hides and reveals events and projects keeping your desk top uncluttered.

     

    I find keyframing very easy in FCP X  but chroma keying is not as accurate or intuitive in my experience. Overall it's a great piece of software and has a load of good new stuff. Miles superior to iMove and vastly prefereble to Adobe Prem Pro....

  • 4. Re: FCP & FCX
    Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,900 points)

    Due to popular demand there are now 2 Viewers rather like FCE/FCP's Canvas and Viewer.

     

    However, you have to switch it on to get both.

     

    So you have the choice of one or two.

  • 5. Re: FCP & FCX
    rhelmes@btconnect.com Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    So there are - thanks Ian, didn't notice that on the menu. - Apple/Ctrl/3 is the short cut for anyone interested.

     

  • 6. Re: FCP & FCX
    turnerlolly Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ian thank you very much for your help.

    Another question regarding FCP X.  I have downloaded the free 30 day trial version and cannot find "Movie Trailers"  I sometimes use these for quick short videos in iMovie.

  • 7. Re: FCP & FCX
    turnerlolly Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks for your help, rhelmes

  • 8. Re: FCP & FCX
    Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,900 points)

    Although it's loosely based on iMovie it doesn't necessarily have the same effects.

     

    Movie Trailers isn't there.