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Old Jan 27, 2010, 2:11 AM   #1
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I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to test out Final Cut Express, a higher-end video editor when compared to Apple's iMovie '09 (which I have been using in the past). Using some random footage I took during a Christmas party, I pieced together a real short video that tried to use FCE's features to give a more professional look.

Link to the video is here: http://www.vimeo.com/8956963

What do you think? I'm just about sold on FCE, but people are telling me to save up and get FCP instead. Now THAT's an expensive jump for someone coming from iMovie...

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Old Jan 27, 2010, 12:01 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting, Jason.
Looking at your short movies I must say you've got the eye and sense for video. The combination of picture and music gets the story through very fine.
What makes these movies less perfect is the footage, making me believe that a DSLR with video function isn't really up to the job. Your stills posted on this forum prove that you know how to handle a camera. I think that when one gets as serious as you about video, a dedicated video camera is a must. Maybe I'm wrong, and all it takes is practice, practice, practice (I hope I'm wrong!). Keep showing us your progress, I think it's really interesting and inspiring.

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I like the video. The lens had trouble focusing at one point, which was distracting, but otherwise I liked it. Your friend is a good pool shooter, or were those lucky shots out of many?

I don't think in motion at the moment - whenever I see any of your videos (or some of the others that I've seen), I want to see if I can come up with something, but never quite get around to putting anything together.

Do you still have some type of student status? Both Apple and Adobe give academic discounts. I've been thinking that the next time I want to upgrade Photoshop, I'll buy the Production Premium package instead of the Design Premium one - I never use Illustrator or InDesign (but I'd lose Acrobat, which I do use. Maybe I'll think about it some more). It would give me Premiere Pro and After Effects - but will I ever use the video capabilities of my camera? I haven't yet.
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I really liked the video. I was a video camera operator for a local cable show a few years ago and we always turned off the AF on the cameras since it would sometimes lose focus and hunt. Practice using manual focus only (a little difficult for a fast moving pool ball however). You definitely have a knack with composition and editing, this is a very good job. I must say that video on a DSLR certainly makes camcorders look like cheap recording devices. The control over DOF gives it a 35mm movie look.

Again, well done.
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I was manually focusing the entire time (there is no AF when recording video). As you can tell, I still need practice with the MF.

I do have access to my uni's Apple store online. $899 for Final Cut Studio is certainly a tough pill to swallow though...compared to that, $179 for Final Cut Express sounds very tempting...

Thx for the comments so far!

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Cool videos. I really like the one of Worlds End.

When I realized in 2006 that DSLR's didn't have video I gave up looking for my "perfect" camera and ended up buying the K100 when it was released. Now, in such a short time, my "perfect" camera exists. But, I'm happy with my K20 for the time being. Although, watching your videos makes me want to upgrade.

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