Final Cut Pro for Windows: More often than not, what makes for a potential video-editing tool is how user-friendly it is, and how large an effects-library it has. Playing off it, most users from the millennial generation are simply too sophisticated to use the traditional Windows Movie Maker, but still, find it hard to take leaps beyond something that doesn’t provide ease-of-access.
First developed by Macromedia Inc. (which outsourced to its rival Adobe Systems), the Final Cut Pro was later taken by the production lines of Apple Inc. and prepped with expert-functionalities. Although it has always been Mac-exclusive, what makes it impeccable is that it plays in the sweet-spot between the average skills of beginner, and the pushy metrics of an expert.
It retails at $300 (around ₹19400 plus change; although in India, the price is ₹24900). But the interface which is written in Cocoa provides a clean space for Mac users to work on. The result comes off as something close to “unparalleled” — mostly because it treats video-editing-illiterates almost with the same justice as it does experts.
Final Cut Pro for Windows
FCP allows users to edit from an internal or an external hard drive. The videos can be processed and edited in a variety of formats. It assists a non-linear type of editing compatible with any format from DV, HDV, XDCAM, HEVC and so on, to 2K, 4K, 5K.
It has a 360-degree software-support, that can be elasticized using VR.
The FCP has a distinguished type of timeline. It provides a specific feature called sequences that can be used to “group” video clippings in a tile, and hence affecting each sequence generally. Unlike the timelines other editors offer, this is pretty easy as well as efficient to use once mastered. It allows a maximum of 99 video tracks to be piled on top of each other.
With the latest version of FCP, the Final Cut Pro X (version 10.4), Apple has introduced features that allow users to perform minute changes in the clips such as changing hue/saturation curves. It also provides other things such as a dedicated color tab and power colors.
Another additional feature that you can make use of in FCP is that you can introduce effects to add to the pre-wired library. Just like that, Final Cut Pro also offers a workspace that can be customized by the user. Users can now edit their workspace interfaces to their satisfaction and include what they feel like using more. The workspaces can be alternated — which means a lot a workspace can be created in the first place, and easily switched as the process goes.
Final Cut Pro for Windows
After the release of Final Cut Pro X written exclusively for Apple’s Mac OS X operating system, there are little doubts that there won’t be a version for windows — at least for the foreseeable future. It is, as previously said, Mac-exclusive, and not available for anyone who can’t afford a Mac.
Although there aren’t a lot of video editors out there that can rival Final Cut Pro’s functionalities – while still managing to parallel its user-friendliness – experts point out Adobe Premiere as being a suitable alternative that can be used.
Adobe Premiere Pro supports a video resolution of up to 10,240 × 8,192 (which is upwards of 8K).
It supports all camera formats. Adobe Premiere also supports the non-linear approach, and the 360 degrees VR.
5.1 surround sound can be mixed using this application. It supports a wide variety of video and audio file formats and codecs in both Mac and Windows operating systems.
Similar to these video editing tools, Vegas Pro is also a software package for non-linear editing. It does not require any specialized hardware to work and hence is compatible with all standards of windows computers. One major drawback of using Vegas Pro is that it is not compatible with using MIDI formats and hence cannot be used for the production of music, as opposed to editing it.
Other alternatives include Filmora, Corel Video Studio, etc.
Final Cut Pro still stays one of the best tools for video editing that grants ease of access. It is what freelance editors consider the “go-to” tool for making ideal editing.
Although it can’t make a print in big cinema industries, independent and crowd-funded filmmakers still prefer Final Cut Pro over others because of its huge library, and the ability to adapt to foreign effects that can be added to it.