Final Cut Express

Final Cut Express requires Mac OSX 10.2 (Jaguar) with a minimum of 256 MB RAM and a G3 or G4 300 MHz processor. As with all video software, the more RAM the better and Apple recommends a minimum of 384 MB of RAM and a G4 processor to take advantage of the real-time effects–even better […]

Final Cut Express requires Mac OSX 10.2 (Jaguar) with a minimum of 256 MB RAM and a G3 or G4 300 MHz processor. As with all video software, the more RAM the better and Apple recommends a minimum of 384 MB of RAM and a G4 processor to take advantage of the real-time effects–even better if you have a dual processor Power Mac. Installation goes smoothly on a Firewire PowerBook (G3 400 MHz with 256 MB RAM). Initially there seems to be little documentation on how to use the software, but Apple has provided a Getting Started CD, which provides detailed guidelines on how to use its various functions. Final Cut Express is aimed at the consumer market–users who find iMovie too limiting but are unwilling to pay for Apple’s professional Final Cut Pro package. Like iMovie, it is easy to download directly from your Camcorder into Final Cut Express and the user interface is very similar to Final Cut Pro. Video clips are captured into a browser window, which can also be sorted and categorised into bins, i.e., directories within the browser. Clips can then be dragged into the viewing window, where you can select which parts of the clip you wish to keep. Selected clips can then be dragged into the timeline (users can add up to 99 audio and video tracks into the timeline) or the canvass editor to build the actual video programme. Apple has supplied a large number of professional editing filters and title generators such as non-linear editing tools such as razor blade, ripple, roll and split tools. There are a number of differences between Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro. For example, unlike Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express is DV only, does not support third-party capture cards and its filters cannot be keyframed. The animation tools, composition tools and colour-correction tools are weaker than Final Cut Pro. In summary, Apple has done a remarkable job in providing a user-friendly professional-level digital video-editing tool at a reasonable price. –Parvesh Chhibber

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