“To some, it was the unkindest cut of all,” John O’Brien reports for The Courier-Mail.
“Apple revamped its iMovie video-editing software last year, removing some professional level tools such as the timeline and audio effects, in favour of ‘quick and dirty’ editing and YouTube integration,” O’Brien reports.
“Users cried foul, with the more cynical types suggesting Apple was deliberately crippling the cheap (and sometimes free) iMovie to drive customers to the more expensive Final Cut Express (US$199) package,” O’Brien reports.
“Apple does nothing to dispel their suspicions with its new Final Cut Express 4 – talking up version 4’s ability to take existing iMovie ’08 projects and make them even better,” O’Brien reports.
“There was always a big leap in interface complexity from iMovie to Final Cut Express, but Express’ layout is still logical, with the familiar dragging and dropping of clips to the timeline,” O’Brien reports. “Final Cut Express also boasts 50 new FxPlug filters, which let you add various effects to your video including soft focus, vignette and light rays. And users can tap into the rapidly expanding library of third-party FxPlug filters.”
O’Brien reports, “On the high-definition side, both 1080i and 720p resolutions are supported, with Final Cut Express 4 automatically scaling, cropping and adjusting frame rates as required.”
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