If you’re tuned into my regular YouTube videos at youtube.com/jhdmaxx you may have noticed that the videos have had a little bit of extra “sparkle” to them. I’ve finally advanced to Final Cut Pro X. This article aims to help you understand the benefits of investing in such an application and whether or not you really need to.
The first ever video editing application I used was Windows Movie Maker built into the well known (for the wrong reasons) Windows Vista operating system. I thoroughly enjoyed using the application, it was simple, easy to use and was good enough for the results I was looking for. Unfortunately Microsoft decided to get rid of the built in movie maker shortly before the news of Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista. So basically nobody was given the chance to stay with the application that they loved and Windows Live Movie Maker took its place. I didn’t like it. And so I moved onto something a bit different. Camtasia Studio. I started using Camtasia Studio when I decided to start recording screencasts for YouTube. I thoroughly loved using it. So much in fact that I was still using it up until about September last year!
But then…. the passing of a great friend. My custom built computer died and I was concerned about upgrading to Windows 8 (I’m still not overly fond of it) and so I came to the supposedly dark side that was Mac OS X. Initially I was still set on using Camtasia Studio until I realised that the Mac version sucks. And so I invested in a simple cheap solution that was iMovie. iMovie is arguably one of the easiest video processing applications I’ve ever used, there’s not really much to learn, it does almost seem “too simple” but in all honesty it’s actually capable of producing results that one could assume was not possible with such an application.
It was only recently I decided to try out Final Cut Pro X. The way it behaves is fairly similar to that of iMovie regarding the likes of the magnetic timelines etc. And also any option that’s available in iMovie is available in Final Cut Pro an example being title clips and transitions. iMovie is quite literally the VERY stripped-down version of Final Cut Pro.
There are quite a few features that I love about this application including the ability to batch render projects. I like to record and edit several videos in one go and so this feature has definitely came in handy. Basically what batch rendering allows you to do is edit and export your various projects simultaneously, saving you time to do whatever else you need to do.
There are literally tons of features in Final Cut Pro that I could ramble on about all day but let’s try and start to wrap up this article.
Overall it’s been a worthwhile upgrade, but there’s a few things that I would advise anyone looking to get Final Cut to look out for. And they are as follows:
1. It Comes With a Learning Curve.
It does come with quite the learning curve, it’s definitely easier to learn how to use the application if you’ve used iMovie before but if this is the first time using it or anything like it, it may be a bit challenging to get to grips with it.
2. Not All Buttons Are Necessary.
What I’m basically trying to say here is don’t be put off by the many menus and options in Final Cut Pro, if you’re like me and it’s pretty much light video editing, most of the options and buttons you probably won’t use.
It may come across as a tad pricey being available in the Mac App Store for £199. But it’ll definitely be worth it if you’re planning to somehow make the money back on it.
The Conclusion: Do You Need It?
No. And Yes. There’s no definitive answer other than it depends what your uses are, how much you’re willing to spend on video editing software and whether or not what you’re currently using does everything you need it to do.
I’m fairly happy overall and I think the price is fairly justifiable considering it’s wide array of features and full integration with other editing & production suites.