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Old                03-30-2004, 7:33 PM Reply   
Have both PC and have a mac(maybe upgrading depending) and was planning on getting FC express but a class i am taking next year at my school(i am a sophmore in high school) will be using Adobe Premiere and After effects. So i cant decide whether i should go with FC express and learn that adn then learn Premeire/AE or whether i should consentrate on Adobe and go down that road. Either way im getting a new computer this summer whether it be a mac or building a pc so this is part of that disicion. thanks.
Old                04-03-2004, 11:43 PM Reply   
depending upon how profess you wanna go! The macs and final cut pro (fcp) are the best! HOwever if money is a issue (usually is) then pcs aren't that bad especially if you are only doing it for personal fun! Right now i run off of a pc but i use vegas by sony which is a kickass program either way good luck
one more thing --- although more expensive i sure as hell wish i had bought a laptop so when i go on long trips (airplane) or wherever; you can bring along your editing master machine
Old                04-04-2004, 9:21 AM Reply   
ok thanks
Old     (hypoxic_films)      Join Date: Dec 2003       04-05-2004, 10:33 PM Reply   

I know when your in college you can get student discounts on mac items, maybe other things too. I dont know about highschool. Id look into that though.

Danny Turner
Old                04-06-2004, 4:51 AM Reply   
i im positive about high schools thanks for the warning though.
Old     (bankssa)      Join Date: Mar 2003       04-07-2004, 6:26 AM Reply   
The two programs are very similar in the way they operate and functions. You can get either program cheep if you are a student. Go to the Apple site and go to the education section. you can get final cut pro for around $600 Adobe package about the same and FC express for about $200. FC express is awsome. You can't batch digitize but most of us don't use that anyway. I would stick with Apple computers if you can the OS is way better and more stable. I teach Media in Michigan at Clarkston High School and we have used all the programs you mentioned... all are very good. I wouldn't feel disappointed about any of them...
Old     (jonb)      Join Date: Oct 2003       04-11-2004, 4:49 PM Reply   
hey check out this site

for students they sell adobe premiere for $240

You can learn basically learn adobe enough in one day to get you by in school, it is an easy program to run.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       04-12-2004, 6:00 AM Reply   
I would go Final Cut if you can swing it on the Mac, Avid or Vegas on the PC.
Old     (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       04-12-2004, 2:35 PM Reply   
I use both FCP and Avid everyday at work.

I would go with Avid for MAC. Much easier to use than FCP and alot more stable. For home applications, Avid DV is the ticket.

Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       04-12-2004, 2:48 PM Reply   
"I would go with Avid for MAC. Much easier to use than FCP and alot more stable."

I only used Avid Dv briefly but it seems like a great program. For me though why learn another. I've haven't yet had FCP 4 running under 10.3 crash so I certainly have no stability concerns. That includes doing long renders with FCP, burning a DVD with DVDSP 2 and netsurfing all at the same time. If that won't crash a program I do know what will!
Old     (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       04-12-2004, 3:02 PM Reply   
Rich, add running Outlook in a Classic 9 environment!

Avid just seems more intuitive and has better tech support........if you need it of course.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       04-12-2004, 5:40 PM Reply   
I'm done with classic as everything I use is OSX native. Should of known it would be a Microsoft product causing the problem! I like Avid a lot and someone who is going to do this full time could do a lot worse then learning it. If I had to use this stuff daily like you I'd take a hard look at Avid because there are a lot of Pro's saying what you are saying. But for the projects and level I'm at FCP works just fine and does everything I'll ever need.


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