5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 13, 2013 10:18 AM by Russ H
John M Galloway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I've got a large number of projects I've made in iMovie. Will I be able to import these into Final Cut Pro X with full control? Also....one of the things with iMovie that is a pain is that it loads ALL my events before opening. It takes a long time. Will that be the case with FCProX?

  • 1. Re: Importing iMovie files
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,180 points)

    You will lose a lot when moving iMovie projects to FCP, many titles, transitions, and effects won't translate. You can use Event Manager X or manually hide projects and events from FCP.

  • 2. Re: Importing iMovie files
    John M Galloway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I'm not so worried about transitions and effects as I am about keeping the chosen event selections separate in the project. To be honest, since they are both products of Apple, I would think it would be more friendly with titles, transitions, and effect importing. I can't be the first person who's moving from iMovie to FCProX.

  • 3. Re: Importing iMovie files
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,255 points)

    Just to say you can test the capabilities and limitations of FCPX first hand by down-loading the fully functional trial version.

     

    Until reading this thread I hadn't been aware that some effects and transitions didn't get translated from iMovie to FCP. (I did know that Maps wasn't supported.) Doing a few tests, I also discovered that iMovie HD projects don't import –which shouldn't have surprised me since they're so completely different; just never thought about it before.

     

    Russ

  • 4. Re: Importing iMovie files
    John M Galloway Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks !!  Good idea.

    I've learned iMovie well. In your opinion, is it worth the upgrade ($300)? And is it fairly friendly? I'm hoping that knowing iMovie will make it easier to learn. I'm doing SO much video work now (I've been a photojournalist for 35 years), that I would like more control. I've subscribed to Lynda.Com so can use her videos to learn from.

  • 5. Re: Importing iMovie files
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,255 points)

    John M Galloway wrote:

     

    In your opinion, is it worth the upgrade ($300)? And is it fairly friendly? I'm hoping that knowing iMovie will make it easier to learn.

     

    IMO, FCPX is well worth $300 for pros, semi-pros, and serious hobbyists. Its design requires a somewhat different approach to organization and workflow, but once learned it is efficient and processing (on recent Macs) is extremely fast. It is a lot deeper than many people – even heavy users – appreciate; way deeper than iMovie.  And while it's not bug free, the trend over 8 updates is pointed in the right direction.

     

    About learning: I think that those coming from iMovie actually have an advantage over those who are used to working in track-based programs. (Not that I was put up to this, but will mention that Tom has a book on this very subject – transitioning from iMovie.)

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ