Like any other video editing program, iMovie is focused primarily on the visuals: you can see your clips broken down into a series of thumbnails, apply visual effects to them, alter saturation, brightness, contrast, and so on. But what would your favorite movie be without the musical score? Music is what makes your audience engage with the scene emotionally and without it, your movie can lead to a very bland experience.
Not all Mac users prefer to use Apple’s own software for their creative work, which is why Adobe has continued to offer consumer-centric versions of their photo and video tools. Today, Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements have received a substantial upgrade to make powerful features even more friendly to users.
Adobe kicked off the week with a fairly substantial update to the latest Premiere Pro CS5.5, stomping out a long list of bugs and beefing up compatibility with OS X Lion as the company continues to gobble up unhappy Final Cut Pro customers.
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.
With all of the (mostly) negative press that Final Cut Pro X has received since its introduction last month, one particularly vital group has been all but drowned out -- third-party developers such as CrumplePop, who are throwing their support firmly behind Apple’s next-generation editing software.
Apple’s new Final Cut Pro X is certainly testing the patience and loyalty of one small but extremely vocal group of fans: professional video editors, who are up in arms over this completely reimagined post-production application. But will other users also break out torches and pitchforks to storm One Infinite Loop?
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.
The Mac App Store certainly has made buying Mac software a convenient affair -- just a click and a password, and boom, there it is. But like the iOS App Store, it's starting to fill up fast. That's good news for you -- lots of choice -- but it also means that when you type in a keyword or open up a category, you're faced with multiple options.
We're here to help.
We put dozens of Mac App Store offerings through our ringer of a reviews process and settled on 20 diverse applications that all scored well and come with our recommendation. Even better? They're less than $20 a pop.