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Difference Between iMovie and final cut

 iMovie vs Final cut

There is no doubt that the use of Apple iMovie is one of the software that has been very popular for the avid Apple products user. iMovie is a product that was designed with the main people of focus being home users the ability to share and create multimedia projects within their peers who use Mac Computers. IMovie can simply be said to be a video capturing and editing software, giving beginners in the niche some important training and ground rules that ought to have been followed. Final Cut Pro as the name denotes is software developed for the Apple users that can be used by the advanced personnel in creating a high quality piece that is of acceptable quality when done. Below is how the two software classes compare amongst each other.

The largest difference of the two is the quality of movies and functionality that can be done. iMovie has a target audience of novice users, hence comes with an easy to use interface while Final Cut is targeted mainly to the professional users. As such, it is more complex and its learning curve is far larger than that of iMovie.

With iMovie, you can add video titles, perform simple transitions of one clip top the next and also is able to export into several video formats which can then be further fine tuned if one is after professionalism. If you desire even more interesting videos, you will be happy to note that iMovie supports addition of animation in videos. The videos created in iMovie are of average quality.

If professional videos are needed where functionalities such as creating multiple layers of sound or video, final cut is the obvious choice. The freedom that is allowed in Final cut allows a developer to create high quality videos. If precision is needed for a given project, Final Cut is the software to make use of and this is as a result of the numerous effects that are present. Among features offered in Final cut that are missing in iMovie include Multi-cam Synchronization support which is able to hold several cameras together and the batch sequence capture, not forgetting the numerous features that Final Cut offers.
The interface iMovie uses is quite different to that of Final Cut. Only six iMovie clips are visible in the timeline, yet there is no sense of time in the timeline. This means that the total length of the project in iMovie cannot be known. Final cut on the other hand does not have this problems all clips are visible and there is a timeline and this gives a sense of time in the project and the total project length can be calculated easy. The space taken with all clips in Final cut is less than that the six clips occupy in iMovie.

Another benefit that makes Final cut stand out from iMovie is that it supports numerous third party plugins, ensuring that different video editors are able to have the plugins they find necessary. This makes creation of content quite fun and fast.

If what you are after is just creating several videos that are of acceptable quality to normal people, iMovie is the ideal choice. On the other hand, if what you seek is excellence, professionalism and high quality videos, there is no option that you have but to use Final Cut.

Final Cut and iMovie are two software that are used in video editing and production
The use of iMovie is recommended for amateur video.
Final Cut Pro on the other hand is specially recommended for professional jobs
There is no sense of time in iMovie while Final cut can give the total timeframe of the project
All projects viewed in final cut with their times. IMovie only allows 6 projects and for these, their time is not known.
Final Cut also allows third party plugins to be used, even from rival companies such as Adobe.

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