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Busysilent Level 1 (0 points)

For a non-professional, is FCPX a worthy upgrade from iMovie?

  • Jordan Huett Level 1 (70 points)

    Dude, its iMovie on steroids. Its made for non-professionals. If you have been working on iMovie, you will love it. If you have been used to Final Cut and the FCP layout, you will hate it.



  • The Photo Ninja Level 1 (10 points)

    imovie has a terrible h.264 gamma bug.  Editing footage and exporting it makes the colors awful...does FCPX have this issue?


    Also, what about 1080 60p avchd files? 

  • Busysilent Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. But is it $300 worth of steroids?

  • RedHavoc Level 3 (770 points)

    I can't say for sure, as I never used iMove so am not aware of this issue. But with all the talk about ColorSync in FCPX, I would have thought it is fine!

  • RedHavoc Level 3 (770 points)

    Yes, if you are a Prosumer/Intermediate level editor making web/digital only content and don't need all the missing "pro" editing features.

  • Eric Eskam Level 2 (260 points)

    RedHavoc wrote:


    don't need all the missing "pro" editing features.


    So tapeless workflow isn't "Pro"?

  • RedHavoc Level 3 (770 points)

    I didn't say that.


    But, on the other hand HDCAM / HDCAMSR / DigiBeta deliverables are still the broadcast standard in the UK and much of the States.


    What about tapeless workflow over SDI?


    What about P2 tapeless workflow?


    What about R3D?


    What about non-ProRes Alexa material?

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 (31,925 points)

    Busysilent wrote:


    For a non-professional, is FCPX a worthy upgrade from iMovie?

    iMovie lacks any 'manual' control, esp. when you like to modify any of the templates (e.g. changing the font in any animated title).


    FCPX gives you total control on that. but less ready-made eye-candy.


    set pic-in-pic anywhere and as much as you want (Brady Bunch).

    move Ken Burns outside canvas, zoom to zil, etc.



    As a designated iM-user since vers2, I mostly appreciate the color controls in FCPX.



    if you worked with iM09/11, you instantly understand FCPX.

    including the stuff, old FC-users hurrays, as range based or auto tagging, magnetic timeline, precision editor ... 'we' had that for years ...


    300$ worth? your decision. I spend 200 for FC/e 2y ago ... would be better invested in FCPX ...


    most lacking: no plug-ins, fx/scipts ... no Magic Bullet for FCPX yet.-

    but Apple published a FCPX DeveloperLIbrary this night ... we'll see.

  • Busysilent Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your answer.  Is it possible to start the project in iMovie and complete it in FCPX, using iMovie templates but putting finishing touches in FCPX?

  • phonax Level 1 (0 points)

    No it isn;t that's why I am demanding my money back!

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,405 points)

    FCP X integrates pretty well with iMovie.


    1) You can have FCP import all your iMovie Events. I don't recommend this unless you have a Mac Pro. It imported all my Events just fine, but then it tried to do background processing to create thumbnails and to analyze for stabilization on all of them in the background. After about 19 swap files, I decided to force quit. The Events are still there, but now it only does the background processing if I am using the Event.


    2) (To your question) It enables you to import iMovie projects. It seems to work pretty well, but I am seeing a couple of broken links to iPhoto images...(possibly because I recently went to Aperture), and some titles have changed to a different font, but the basic editing is all there. I haven't tested any with the themes.

  • mishmumken Level 5 (4,000 points)

    Busysilent wrote:


    Thank you for your answer.  Is it possible to start the project in iMovie and complete it in FCPX, using iMovie templates but putting finishing touches in FCPX?


    I would say that is a lot of money for a finishing tool. I would also say that importing iMovie projects is an added bonus for users that want to switch from iMovie to FCP X, but there's no real point in doing all the editing in iMovie and then move the project to FCP just for some tidbits.



  • Sjazbec Level 4 (1,670 points)

    FC X ( might depend on the  extra software update for content that Apple has put on the support sites) has a lot of "templates" already included and they resemble to a high degree what iMovie 11 Users would expect to find.


    At least I see that FC X has everything from iMovie plus tons more. I can use Aperture,iphoto,itunes,garageband as Sources in the Mediabrowser - so it plays nicely together with the other apps content.

  • Sofus Comer Level 1 (15 points)

    Hi busysilent

    Dont know if you ever got an answer for your question:

    For a non-professional, is FCPX a worthy upgrade from iMovie?


    Yes it is indeed. Lots will be recognized and many new tools will be welcomed. For a iMovie user, stepping up is brilliant.


    I am semipro and enjoy the workflow of it, but still work FCP7. Miss some very basic color editing like setting white balance.


    But the big question is if you are willing to live with the many problems that Final Cut Pro X is having.


    Very slow performance (spinning beachball), the many crashes are so bad that its keeping it from becoming what it can be. A potential super amateur, semipro NLE software.


    And this is january 2012 (fcpx v 10.0.2) that these errors are still present.


    So if you can wait for a working version later some time I would do that.



    Best of moviemaking

    Sofus Comer

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