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Final Cut really is a great software for video editing (hey, The Matrix was made completely on Final Cut!), but for someone who works heavily in Photoshop, After Effects, Audition and Illustrator- it's probably best for you to stick with Premiere. If you are solely looking for a great editing software for your mac that is a step up from iMovie, Final Cut Pro X would be perfect for you.
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I've cut my own video content on Media Composer, and also worked on a network television show with it - it performed excellently in both situations. The bins are a great way to find and store content and the timeline is easy to understand. In my experience, crashes were few and far between (although they're a part of the job no matter what DAW you're using).
Read full review Pros Adheres to the conceptually easy timeline model, thus making simple onboarding. Feature-rich toolset which allows for incredible product manipulation from the get-go Expandability via a vibrant plugin ecosystem. Final Cut plugins are broadly developed. Rich integration with studio products: Motion, Compressor Version updates exhibit a product team in touch with what the market needs Read full review Manage Longform Media Edit video and sound Script Based editing Read full review Cons Would be nice to have more built in exporting options for those of use who don't know how to compress videos well. More built in effects would be a plus. I always struggle with adding text but it could just be me. Read full review Read full review Usability
Final Cut Pro is a great software package for editing, and obviously, good things require training to understand and comprehend what your are editing. I do not give a 10/10 because it would be easier to have a comprehensive manual inside the software, rather that researching or getting yourself trained.
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Most of the support I need, I find online. While Apple has a Q/A section on their site, it's not always beneficial in answering the questions that I have. With that said, they regularly update the software, and when updates lead to crashes, they usually have another update not far behind.
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Implementing Final Cut Pro into the organization was a smooth transition from what we didn't had. We felt we went from zero to hero with this software, due to all the great features that we learned. We took some time in training staff on how to use the software but at the end, this was very useful and important.
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Final Cut [Pro X] has way more features in a much better layout. Although it is more expensive, I believe the improved performance and advanced level of features is worth it if you are serious about video production and professionalism.
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We [utilize] premiere for our VFX and animation curriculum due to tight integration with after effects and [photoshop]. we utilize resolve for DIT and color correction and finishing Media composer is the heart of our editorial workflow to align with the industry and give students a leg up to get jobs
Read full review Return on Investment We are regularly lauded for our high-quality videos by donors and prospects, which greatly improves our standing in their eyes. Our Final Cut Pro X-created videos have contributed to our receiving large grant awards. Our videos have been shared and promoted by similar organizations, which has improved our standing in our field and adjacent fields. Read full review It's saved time by being easy to learn (well, easy to start. It takes a long time to learn) Because everyone in the industry uses or has used it, collaborating is easier It's saved us money because we don't have to change products It integrates well with Pro Tools Read full review ScreenShots