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Final Cut Express 4
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Manufacturer: Apple
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5

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Binding: CD-ROM
Brand: Apple
EAN: 0885909193417
Feature: Edit quickly and precisely with professional, flexible editing tools; achieve the look you want with a robust suite of color correction and image adjustment tools
Format: CD-ROM
Label: Apple
Manufacturer: Apple
Model: MB278Z/A
Platform: Macintosh
Publisher: Apple
Release Date: 2007-11-22
Studio: Apple

Features
Edit quickly and precisely with professional, flexible editing tools; achieve the look you want with a robust suite of color correction and image adjustment tools
Mix and edit DV, HDV, and AVCHD video in a single Timeline; mix up to 99 audio tracks with built-in audio editing tools
Work with built-in filter effects and third-party FxPlug plug-ins; watch effects in real time thanks to RT Extreme with Dynamic RT
Easily create sophisticated, animated titles with LiveType 2.1; precisely adjust the animation of any effect or transition using keyframes
Import iMovie '08 video projects with cuts and cross dissolves

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Editorial Reviews:

The new Open Format Timeline in Final Cut Express 4 allows users to mix and match DV, HDV and AVCHD material, all in realtime using the same industry-leading editing and trimming tools found in Final Cut Pro. Supporting both 1080i and 720p HD resolutions, Final Cut Express 4 automatically performs the necessary scaling, cropping and frame rate adjustments. When starting projects from scratch, the new simplified setup automatically configures everything based on the first clip dropped on the Timeline. Final Cut Express 4 makes it easy to import iMovie 08 projects and enhance them with advanced editing capabilities such as multiple layers of video and graphics, picture in picture effects and animated titles. It includes over 50 new FxPlug filters, including Soft Focus, Vignette and Light Rays, with hundreds more available from a rapidly expanding FxPlug developer community. With enhanced audio controls, users can automatically raise any clip to its maximum level without distortion using the new Soft Normalize and Gain controls. Final Cut Express 4 also features LiveType 2, which provides an intuitive environment for creating dynamic and fun animated titles and includes an extensive library of animated fonts, textures, templates and effects.
What's New in Final Cut Express 4? Ability to import iMovie '08 projects; Editing of AVCHD, HDV and DV ? NTSC and PAL ? in a single Timeline; AVCHD support (Intel-based Mac computers only); Support for FxPlug third-party plug-ins.


Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: Just the thing
Comment: I had been wanting to do a video or two for fun and to see if I could use the creative potential of video. The iMovie that came with the computer never wanted to work right. This software is so simple yet strait forward enough to learn in a few hours. And still give great high end looking results. (As high end as I need anyway). Very cool.

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Summary: Excellent service
Comment: My Final Cut Express 4 software came as promised: new and unopened. It also came faster than promised which was a great plus. It is nice to finally find a company which delivers what it promises.

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Summary: Perfect for Advanced Users and Amateurs Alike
Comment: I've been on the Final Cut Express (FCE) bandwagon since the very first version, when I needed something bigger than iMovie to do an amateur movie. Well, now it's at version 4, and I've gone from Amateur to Advanced Semi-Pro, partially because of FCE.

The editing tools in this software are amazing. Not only do you get FCE for extremely powerful video editing, but it also includes LiveType for creating really great titles. Some people have complained that SoundTrack not being included in this version, but if you have a Mac that can run this, chances are you have the latest version of GarageBand, which in my opinion does the job in a much cleaner fashion.

There are a couple little nit-picky things that I dislike, such as the lack of project consolidation tools, but these are minor and really unnecessary if you're just looking for a relatively inexpensive video editor with more power than iMovie.

Recently, I've started to eye Final Cut Studio for it's larger feature set and motion graphics tools, but for now, FCE is my editing suite of choice.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: AWESOME!!
Comment: What an incredible piece of software Final Cut Express is. I'd been using iMovie on some simple video projects, but FCE has allowed me take things to a completely new level. The program is very powerful and lets you do all kinds of interesting stuff. It's somewhat analogous to a Photoshop for video in that it allows you to blend together different video sources and perform all kinds of effects on each individual component.

The "key" functions where you shoot a subject against a blue or green backdrop and then extract the subject and insert it into other video/photo sources is particularly versatile.

The program is definitely more complicated than iMovie, but I've been able to become proficient at it by just trial and error and use of the .pdf manual that comes with the software.

Using FCE and Garageband, my iMac has become a sophisticated engine for making all kinds of multimedia projects. What you can do with some cheap software and a home computer is absolutely incredible compared to what was around when I was growing up. Really, these tools give you a lot of power, and your imagination is the only limit.


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Summary: Movie Wow
Comment: I have this running on my MacMini. As long as the movies are short YouTube clips or home movies it handles it ok. But large chunks of video can drag the poor mini down. Im sure it will work just fine on my iMac when I get home to it. More than enough program for the novice movie maker.


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