Final Cut Pro Alternatives for Mac OS X


Apple updated Final Cut Pro 7 five years ago and a lot has changed in video production and other NLEs since then. Below you will learn more about these changes.

When Apple released their last update, the BP oil spill and WikiLeaks were at the top of news globally. Inception was a huge movie hit and videographers everywhere were trying to get ahold of the Canon 7D camera. Since then there have been many advancements in camera technology, but there are still lots of people editing with Final Cut Pro 7, which is now inferior to the majority of the video editing software used by professionals today since its failure to work well with high definition footage. It could be because most people have mastered the program and know everything about it, but the newest release of FCPX (Final Cut Pro) is certainly worth looking into.

With all the advancements, FCP7 (Final Cut Pro 7) software just is not capable of handling production needs anymore. Below you will learn about some more of the options that you have to choose from.

FCPX (Final Cut Pro X)

When the FCPX program was first released many people were hesitant to make the switch. It could have been because the launch of the program made it look like a hybrid between an iMovie and Final Cut Pro. Needless to say the, program looked like a total fail, but where is FCPX now?

Since the release of the program, there have been 17 new updates available. Perhaps, the most invaluable update was 10.2. This update allowed users to add 3D titles, color grading, and made the program work better with plugins. The update also added more support for other camera formats.

While the launch of the program is still affecting its reputation, users have a variety of different plugins available to them with the FCPX. Apple has really put a lot of hard work into making this program a viable option and more and more users are starting to see this.

PPCC (Premiere Pro Creative Cloud)

Many independent editors are turning to the PPCC program, because of the easy integration with other Adobe software like Photoshop and After Effects. The creators of PPCC (premier pro) know that video editors have to use a lot of different programs to make their work great and they kept that in mind when creating this program. The PPCC program was designed to handle all sorts of different codes and format. For instance, with this program you can create OMF, XML, EDL, and AAF files.

Avid Media Composer 8

This software is not used often by independent editors, but it is a go-to choice for major motion pictures. The cloud editing option is what makes the program so popular. It allows users to make changes from anywhere in the world. The software was designed for broadcast facilities and large production workflow, which rely on their technology, so there are not many updates and plugins available.

DaVinci Resolve 12

The Blackmagic Design Company acquired DaVinci Resolve and it has done wonders for the color-grading program. Users now have the option of editing multi-cam footage and color grade, without having to export files. The software now also offers a new verification process that checks to make sure all your files have been transferred correctly from the cameras memory card.


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