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Richard Setzer
Transitioning from iMovie to FCP
on Dec 12, 2013 at 3:47:59 am
Last Edited By Richard Setzer on Dec 12, 2013 at 5:25:08 am


I work in production (with ProTools), but on the side I produce stop motion animation. I don't have a lot of spare time to delve into new software, so for a number of years I've used iMovie, since it closely emulated the physical assembly of film I learned back in the 80s (Moviola, sync block, rewinds, etc.)

And because I work with images sequences shot with a Canon EOS 7D & Dragon Stop Motion software, 99% of what I work are still images NOT video--and I can work very fast in iMovie.

Back in the day I purchased Final Cut Express HD, but never had the time to learn it. I also purchased FCP X when it came out--same scenario: no extra time to learn.

Recently, I purchased the last version of Final Cut Studio to get my hands on DVD Studio Pro, because I'm frustrated with the limitations and hiccups I keep getting with iDVD.

So now I have FCE HD, FCP 7 and FCP X -- I've decided that I'm tired of the limitations of iMovie and want to devote some serious time learning FCP. Since I'm literally starting from scratch--what would you recommend spending the time on? I've played with FCP and FCP X--they look like they work very differently, and I'd like to know what the pros think about FCP X--I have friends (independent film producers) that have stuck with FCP 7. In the end, i'm looking for something that easily handles sequences of still images.

I work exclusively on a Mac Pro running OS X Mountain Lion…any and all insights are appreciated..thanks!

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