Do you remember when iMovie was easy to use and had a bunch of exciting features? For only $9.99 you can regain control of your amateur auteurism as well as access video effects and editing tricks that iMovie—and even Final Cut Pro X—would be proud of.
Apple unleashed a firestorm of controversy following the release of Final Cut Pro X, with professional video editors up in arms over missing features and the inability to open legacy project files. As it turns out, some of the so-called “missing features” are simply tucked away in the new FCPX user interface, which has created confusion for legacy users. Here are some ways to make the revamped app function a little more like Final Cut Pro 7.
Apple may be slow to respond to controversy, but when they do, it usually does a good job of quelling the storm. After a solid week of uproar over the new Final Cut Pro X from video professionals, Cupertino has finally come forward with a new question and answer page on their website they hope to address user concerns.
Well, it was bound to happen eventually, but it’s surprising to see an app like Final Cut Pro X aimed at professional users get lampooned. But that’s exactly what talk show host Conan O’Brien did on his TBS show Thursday night, less than three days after the software was released to the Mac App Store.
As promised back in April during NAB, Apple pulled the trigger on Final Cut Pro X Tuesday morning, turning its back on the previous generation of non-linear editing tools and offering a new, fully 64-bit application that aims to revolutionize how video content is created.
As rumored just last week, Apple has officially released Final Cut Pro X to the Mac App Store as promised back in April -- and it’s not alone. The company is also releasing Motion 5 and Compressor 4 at the record-low price of $49.99 each.
Mac users may think of Final Cut Pro by default when they think about high-end video editing software, since Adobe abandoned the platform entirely for a number of years. But Premiere Pro (and its audio-editing companion, Audition) are back and better than ever thanks to the new Creative Suite 5.5 update.
Apple sure has been keeping busy in the days leading up to WWDC 2011, leaking their own iCloud announcement in a press release, offering universal updates for their iWork apps and even updating iMovie and GarageBand for iOS with more output options and bug fixes.
Shooting video with your iPhone or iPod touch can be a lot of fun, but the built-in Camera app doesn’t do much beside recording the scene. If you want to play with fancy effects that are fun and easy to use, take a look at Silent Film Director. This app comes in two flavors -- a basic version and a more full-featured option unlocked via an in-app purchase.
For those times when the full-fledged features of Final Cut Pro are too overwhelming, and iMovie’s massive library of effects just aren’t needed, Shave Video does simple video editing and exporting for the masses. The app’s interface doesn’t use timelines or waveforms, but rather presents the video in plain form for you to edit as you please.