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My Windows desktop finally died. I use a MBP for my primary day-to-day computer now so, rather than replacing the desktop, I figured it makes sense to use the Mac for video editing and spend the money on a file share like Drobo, etc.

On my Windows computer I used Pinnacle Studio 12 and had purchased some of the additional libraries for transitions, menus etc. I am used to having the power to edit the time line, lock audio/video tracks and do some basic switching of those tracks.


It seems that the two options for video editing on a Mac are:

Final Cut Express 4
Adobe Premiere Elements 9

(iMovie I don't count as it seems it is too basic)

Has anyone here used either of these products and can tell me if either will be powerful enough for me? The Adobe product is $99 US and the Final Cut Express is $200. It seems the next step up is Final Cut Studio for $1000 US and that is way too steep.

Thanks for the advice.
 

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(iMovie I don't count as it seems it is too basic)
Have you actually used iMovie?
 

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I looked at it briefly a few months ago and it did not seem to have as many editing options such as locking the primary audio track so you can remove the video track and being able to insert a secondary audio track. Does it do all that stuff?

I can go back and take another look, maybe it just was hidden or I didn't look hard enough.

I remember reading articles that said iMovie was good enough for most casual home users but not if you were used to packages that had more options.
 
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