Macworld by Jeff Carlson
Before the middle of 2007, Apple offered three distinct tiers of video-editing software. iMovie HD catered to beginners, but its evolved features and robust plug-in support held peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s loyalty long after they shed the Ã¢â‚¬Å“beginnerÃ¢â‚¬ label. At the other end of the scale, Final Cut Pro
gave professionals the advanced features needed to edit in the big leagues. Falling in between those two options, Final Cut Express
, using the same code base as Final Cut Pro, offered pro-level editing for people who had hit iMovie HDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ceiling and wanted more editing control and options. The release of Final Cut Express 4 redefines that tiered structure. The line between iMovieÃ¢â‚¬â€in this case, the completely revamped iMovie Ã¢â‚¬â„¢08 Ã¢â‚¬â€and Final Cut Express is now a little blurry, making the latter not just a replacement step-up, but an accessory that can make up for iMovie Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ08Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s shortcomings. This doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean that Apple has dumbed down Final Cut Express, although AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decision to remove the Soundtrack application and limit the number of included styles for LiveType are unfortunate omissions. Rather, Final Cut Express 4 and iMovie Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ08 are tied together more closely than the two apps have been in the past. As a consequence, that tie could act as a slingshot to propel editors from iMovie Ã¢â‚¬â„¢08 to the Final Cut family. read more...