I doubt whether I will need the extreme "pro" level of Final Cut Pro Studio. At most I "layer" video track to a max of about 4 tracks + titles, and layer sound - again - using about 4 stereo tracks max. What I utilize a lot in "layering" video is the filters or "mattes" such as "difference" or "luminance" that allow for key-framing these effects over time along the duration of a clip.
Will FCE HD allow for this?
I also use slow motion a lot. In previous apps (mostly Ulead Media Studio), I was able to slow down a clip to any percentage degree I chose, which was very convenient. Does FCE HD have this flexibility?
Yes. It does slomo OK in full percentage increments. Odd speed not so much. The optical flow technology that comes with Motion (part of the Final Cut Studio suite) does this much better.
AVCHD media is transcoded on ingest to QuickTime using the Apple Intermediate Codec. It's not instantaneous, but it should be quite a bit faster than real time. FCE does not support 60p or 50p media.
Final Cut wants to have everything in a single format for the sequence you're working in.
Hi ... searching around the 'net, I've found confusing data on keyframing with FCE HD. Can anyone please clarify this for me?
There are sources who say that FCE will only keyframe MOTION, not effects etc. What I am most interested in keyframing is the layering of 2 or more videos with specific transparency filters (ie luminance, difference etc) in place. These filters need to be keyframed over a clip's duration.
Can anyone please explain clearly if FCE can do this?
as well, what exactly CAN and CAN'T be keyframed in FCE would be very helpful ...