- Final Cut Express
name = Final Cut Express
caption = Final Cut Express HD (3.5)
released = 2003
frequently_updated = yes
programming language = Objective-C
operating system =
Mac OS X
language = English, French, German
genre = Digital video editing
license = Proprietary
website = [http://www.apple.com/finalcutexpress Final Cut Express]
Final Cut Express is a non-linear video editing application created by
Apple Inc.It is the consumer version of Final Cut Proand is designed for advanced editing of digital video as well as high-definition video, which is used by many amateur and professional videographers.
Final Cut Express 1.0, based on
Final Cut Pro3, was released at Macworld Conference and Expoin San Franciscoin 2003. The second version, based on Final Cut Pro 4, was released at Macworld San Francisco in 2004. The third version, capable of editing high definition video, was also announced at Macworld San Francisco a year later, and was released as Final Cut Express HD in February 2005. It was based on Final Cut Pro HD (version 4.5) and included LiveType 1.2 and Soundtrack 1.2.
Final Cut Express version 3.5 was released with little fanfare in
May 2006as a Universal Binary. In addition to improving real-time rendering with Dynamic RT, version 3.5 upgraded LiveType to version 2.0 and Soundtrack to version 1.5.
November 2007, Apple released Final Cut Express 4, which supports real-time editing in the AVCHDformat (currently for Intel processors only), imports iMovie '08 projects and includes 50 new filters. It does not include Soundtrack 1.5, but it does still include LiveTypewhich enables users to create advanced text for the movies they create in Final Cut. The price was dropped from $299 for version 3.5 to $199 for version 4.0.
Final Cut Express's interface is identical to that of
Final Cut Pro, but lacks some film-specific features, including Cinema Tools, multi-cam editing, batch capture, and a timecodeview. The program can perform 32 undo operations, while Final Cut Pro can do 99 [http://www.apple.com/finalcut/index.html] .
Features the program does include are:
* The ability to keyframe filters
* Dynamic RT, which changes real-time settings on-the-fly
* Motion path keyframing
* Opacity keyframing
* Ripple, roll, slip, slide and blade edits
* Picture-in-picture and split-screen effects
* Up to 99 video tracks and 12 compositing modes
* Up to 99 audio tracks
* Motion project import
* Chroma key
One feature of Final Cut Express that is not available in Final Cut Pro is the ability to import
iMovie '08projects (though transitions are not preserved).
Inherited from Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express features RT Extreme, which allows previews of some video filters and transitions without rendering. Audio that is not in the native
AIFFfile format needs rendering before it can be played back. RT Extreme has three modes: 'Safe', for seeing multiple video layers at a quality that more or less guarantees a smooth playback; 'Unlimited', which allows the maximum number of composited video layers to be viewed at the same time; and 'Dynamic', which alternates between these settings depending on how many simultaneous video tracks are present. Frame droppingmay result from using 'Unlimited' on low-resource machines.
Like Final Cut Pro, Express also comes with [http://borisfx.com Boris] Calligraphy, a plugin for advanced titling and scrolling/crawling titles more sophisticated than the ones that can be created with the built-in title overlays. Calligraphy has a
WYSIWYGinterface and features wrapping, alignment, leading, kerning and tracking features, as well as allowing up to five custom outlines and five custom drop shadows to be defined for a selected portion of the title. For even more sophisticated titling, the included LiveTypeapplication is the next step up.
Final Cut Express includes Soundtrack 1.5, a program similar to the consumer-level
GarageBand, but designed for videographers. It comes with around 4,000 professionally-recorded instrument loops and sound effects that can be arranged in multiple tracks beneath the video track.
To use Soundtrack, users export their Final Cut Express sequence, or a marked portion thereof, as a reference file, which can include scoring markers defined in the timeline. This reference file can be imported as the video track in Soundtrack.
Soundtrack is functionally and visually identical to Soundtrack Pro's multitrack editing mode, but includes fewer Logic plugins and lacks the highly regarded noise removal tool.
Soundtrack was cut from Final Cut Express 4 to lower its price and encourage people to buy Logic Express. Fact|date=June 2008
Criticism Of FCE 4
*Soundtrack has been removed from the Final Cut Express Box
*The Export feature to soundtrack has also been removed
*Livetype's Livefonts have decreased from about 12 to 6
*Final Cut Express version 4.0 export option for Flash Video is very buggy with Leopard 10.5.4 / Quicktime version 7.5 (149.5).
* [http://www.apple.com/support/finalcutexpress/ FCE support page]
* [http://www.apple.com/finalcut/index.html Comparison of Apple video editing software]
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