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.
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.
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.
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.)