11 Replies Latest reply: Sep 17, 2007 10:26 AM by heed91
jmFightSpam Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Has anyone done any comparisons (either personally or know of any on the web) between iMovie '08 and Windows Movie Maker? I am curious which comes out better for video editing.

Thanks.
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,715 points)
    They're about the same. For beginners only, that want to make short cutsie home movies.

    iMovie 06 is more advanced, more like Pinnacle Studio 11.

    http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Products/ConsumerProducts/Home+Video/Studio+Family/Studio11.htm
  • jmFightSpam Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for the reply. So if you were going to do family video editing for a business, you wouldn't use IMovie '08 or Windows Movie Maker
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,375 points)
    I would definitely use iMovie 08 for a business. It allows you to edit about five times faster than iMovie 06. There is a subset of movies that need more control over special effects, more control over the sound track, or the ability to keep the sound track going while using different video footage, where the features of iMovie 06 or Final Cut Pro will be necessary.

    If you could figure out how to price your offerings so that you were compensated for your time when doing more complicated movies, you could have the best of both worlds.
  • Beverly Maneatis Level 5 Level 5 (7,150 points)
    A couple of other things to consider are what the final outcome of your movies will to be, and what else you want to do with them. Apparently, you cannot export your movie back to your dv camcorder, so if you want to archive your movies that way, you will need to use iMovie6.
  • jmFightSpam Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for the replies all.

    The goal is take camcorder video, etc. and use them to make DVDs. Is IMovie '08 good for that? Now, we don't want or need the files to be super huge either. I heard that IMovie '08 creates large size video files. Is that true or can it create variable size video files.

    Thanks.
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,715 points)
    The goal is take camcorder video, etc. and use them to make DVDs


    If you want to make DVDs iMovie 06 is the only way to go.

    iMovie 06 has built-in Chapter marking and built-in share with iDVD, iMovie 08 has neither.

    For short quick videos to share on the Internet use iMovie 08. For longer projects (10 minutes or longer) where you want Chapter markers and to share with iDVD use iMovie 06.
  • Beverly Maneatis Level 5 Level 5 (7,150 points)
    Ditto!
  • heed91 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    What a sad day when we are comparing the video editing capabilities of the Mac with the PC! Apple has really taken a step backwards with iMovie 08.
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,715 points)
    Ditto!
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,450 points)
    heed91 wrote:
    What a sad day when we are comparing the video editing capabilities of the Mac with the PC! Apple has really taken a step backwards with iMovie 08.


    ohh NO! a 100% contradiction! comparison is best to improve things!

    I'm using Macs for 20y, for my private projects, PC only at the job.. my father-in-law uses Ulead and 3 ( ! ) other video editors, and can not handle any of them

    ... but a comparison leads very fast into a 'hurdle' no PC can pass ... :

    iMovie is part of iLife.= integration of music, pictures, dvd creation, web sites..
    on a PC there's NO single app/'suite', which makes it so easy (for a consumer...) to swap all kind of 'media' from here to there .. I'm using my selfmade movies as background on videoDVDs.. I share my videos with a single click on disks, youtube and my own websites.. I add my Garageband music to slideshows... I edit my purchased music to make it fit to my homevideos.. and: iLife helps me to organize my zilions of media.. playlists, albums, events.. with less than 3 clicks I get what I want.. (imagine that on a C:/D:/E:/F:/ ... device.. )

    ... sure, we had some 'hickups' (e.g. authorization error/fixed), and the actual integration of audio and dvd-creation in iM08 is more than sub-optimum

    but a Mac, iLife6/8 can still stand any comparison with any Windows-app ...

    ... if you go into detail, if you need special options, for sure, you'll find better apps ... on many platforms... (e.g. the Linux guys are very clever in integration of Tivo.....); and Windows IS the OS for 'options', no doubt.. if you need'em. I, and my f.i.l., get lost with too many options..
  • heed91 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    I agree that Macs have great integration of applications with in iLife, or let me rephrase that, HAD great integration of applications with iLife. Now with iMovie 08 the integration to the most critical other application, iDVD, is gone! That is rediculous.