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iMovie to Final Cut: Upgrade Made Easy

by Winston Sih | October 5, 2010October 5, 2010 1:28 pm PST

If you are a video creator looking for a bit more power than iMovie can provide then Final Cut Pro (or Express) may be just what you are looking for.

Final Cut Pro began to develop a large and expanding user base, mainly comprised of video hobbyists and independent filmmakers in the early 2000’s. It has made inroads with film and television editors who have traditionally used Avid’s Media Composer.  The latest version of Final Cut Pro, version 7, claims better integration with Apple’s other professional applications and improved codec support for editing HD, DV and SD video formats, including encoding presets for devices such as iPod, Apple TV, and Blu-ray discs.

In 2003, Apple launched Final Cut Express, a less expensive version of Final Cut. It uses the same interface as Final Cut Pro, but it lacks all of the film-specific tools and other advanced options, limiting the feature set for non-professional editors.

In this video TechnoBuffalo’s own Matt Pearce walks users through the basics and shows them how to import, edit, and export their final films.