4163 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2010 10:00 AM by Studio X
Of course iMovie is basic, it is aimed at the home and casual user who wants to put holidays and the kid's birthday party on to a DVD and send it to Grandma. It certainly comes with more transition effects than I would ever use.
Go watch a major, big budget film. Do you see a transition everytime the scene changes?
No. It is 99.9% hard cuts.
Movie making is about telling a story, not bombarding the audience with twirling "effects". They will soon get bored or irritated with that and never watch it again.
Now, if you want something more advanced, start with [Final Cut Express|http://www.apple.com/finalcutexpress> and when you are ready, move up to the [Studio|http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio> version. Both have plenty of transitions and there are thousands of plugins available. I don't use most of those either -the interesting tools are those for color correction, keying and compositing. Those are what makes the finished product look polished.
X's Inverse Law of content and elaborate transitions
More Content>simple transitions
(think Hollywood or well produced TV)
Weak (and/or insufficient) content>complex and distracting transitions
(think reality TV where they will show the same stuff over and over in the course of 20 minutes of real air time)