If you are a Mac user with an iMac or MacBook, you may sometimes use it to edit your video clips. When you come to choose video editing software on Mac OS X, you may first choose the Apple native software rather than the third-party software. In such situation, you may select iMovie or Final Cut Pro. However, you may wonder, iMovie vs Final Cut Pro, which one would be better? Just keep reading and you may find your own answer.
iMovie is a basic video editing solution developed by Apple Inc. running on both Mac OS X and iOS in the latest version and is well known by most Mac and iOS users. With its user friendly interface, iMovie allows users to create movies from many different sources such as digital camera, encoded files and images. For the latest version, you can edit and export 4K-resolution movies and also start your video editing on your iPhone or iPad and finish it later on your Mac. Moreover, the various themes, filters, effects, titles and editing functions make it to be a more professional video editor for Mac.
Final Cut Pro is a professional and presumer-level video editing software developed by Apple Inc. It is a more professional video editing tool than iMovie and always used to create content for movies and TV by professionals. In the latest version of Final Cut Pro X, it is put as a showcase for MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar and brings more-customizable interface, more format support and a few new effects to its users.
|iMovie||Final Cut Pro X|
|Key features||Hollywood-style themes, 4K/HD video creation, fine-tune every clips, iMovie Theater playback, easy sharing, etc.||Powerful video editing tools and media organization, great performance, compelling and customizable effects, audio editing, intuitive color grading, etc.|
|iOS app availability||Yes||No|
|HD video support||4K||4K|
|Sync with multi-camera scene||No||Yes|
|Sync with iCloud||Yes||No|
|Auto enhancement and presets||Yes||Yes|
|Input formats||MPEG-4, QuickTime Movie, MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV & HDV, etc.||AVC, DV, HDV, DVCPRO HD, QuickTime formats, AAC, AIFF, etc.|
|Output formats||QuickTime formats, DV & AIC, AAC, JPEG, etc.||DV, DVCPRO HD, MPEG IMX, HDV, H.264, etc.|
|Supported OS||Mac OS X 10.11.2 or later||Mac OS X 10.11.4 or later, 64-bit processor|
|Professional level||Consumer, Prosumer||Professional, High-end Movie Production|