Get started fast.
As an iMovie user, you’re already familiar with some features in Final Cut Pro X — such as skimming and the Magnetic Timeline — so you can start working right away. Create a new project in Final Cut Pro, or import one of your iMovie projects, complete with media, graphics, and edits.
Start editing during import.
Because Final Cut Pro imports media at high speed in the background, you can start editing without waiting for the import process to finish.
Create bigger, more complex projects.
iMovie lets you add a single layer of cutaway shots. Final Cut Pro offers unlimited cutaway shots, as well as an expanded set of professional audio features. Assemble multilevel Clip Connections. Group clips into Compound Clips and use Auditions to try out alternative shots. Final Cut Pro also features fast ways to organize and search large collections of media.
Make DSLR footage shine.
Final Cut Pro makes it easy to use the beautiful video you shot with a high-resolution DSLR. Import files directly from the camera and fly through editing as you work in full resolution. If you record audio with a separate digital recorder, Final Cut Pro can automatically sync sound to picture with a click.
Take advantage of the ProRes format.
Final Cut Pro supports ProRes, Apple’s professional video format. Use ProRes to work at blazing speeds, with image quality superior to that of H.264 or MPEG formats at surprisingly small file sizes. Convert files to ProRes in Final Cut Pro or use dedicated hardware such as the AJA Ki Pro to record ProRes files directly from a wide range of popular cameras.
Be more creative with titles, effects, and transitions.
iMovie includes a set of templates for titles, effects, and transitions designed for personal projects. Final Cut Pro includes hundreds of additional titles, effects, and transitions that can be used for professional productions. Use simple controls to customize them on the fly, with choices for color schemes, shapes, and more.
Clean up your green screen.
In iMovie, you can add a green-screen effect with a simple drag and drop. But chroma keying can be a challenge if your green screen is uneven. The chroma key feature in Final Cut Pro produces great results instantly, with additional controls that let you fine-tune as needed. If you have other background problems — for example, if your green screen doesn’t fill the frame — create a custom mask to remove unwanted parts of the video without cropping.
Animate with precision.
Use keyframes in Final Cut Pro to position elements on the screen and move them exactly where you want, when you want. Keyframe video transitions for precise control over scale, rotation, position, and more.
Create a perfect soundtrack.
With iMovie, you can easily make basic audio adjustments. Final Cut Pro offers more sophisticated tools for mixing and editing audio — as well as single-step corrections for significant audio problems such as hum, excessive noise, and silent channels. For a richer soundtrack, use Clip Connections to build multilayered sound effects that sync with picture. You can even create a 5.1 surround mix for dramatic playback effects.
You can make the most common color adjustments in iMovie. But Final Cut Pro lets you save time with the single-click Balance Color and Match Color features. It also includes a powerful Color Board for additional levels of correction. For even greater refinement, use eyedroppers or masks to adjust a specific color range or area of the screen.
Create DVDs and
Choose from a set of Apple-designed menu templates, then burn a DVD or high-resolution Blu-ray disc directly from Final Cut Pro.*