Sling­ing to­gether clips for fun and profit

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

Video ed­i­tors pri­mar­ily use a mul­ti­ple-lay­ered time­line, al­low­ing for clips and audio to be eas­ily over­lapped and moved around. Most of th­ese apps do too, and Premiere Pro CC soon shows why it’s so popular by mak­ing it easy to both as­sem­ble clips and cre­ate com­plex ed­its with mul­ti­ple se­quences on one time­line. Fi­nal Cut Pro X's twist on this though (the Mag­netic Time­line), com­bined with key­stroke edit­ing, is no­tably faster and less prone to ed­its break­ing up the movie and leav­ing gaps or un­synced footage. Premiere El­e­ments – be­ing the mid-tier prod­uct here – also of­fers a Quick edit tool closer to iMovie, only with the scope to open up into a fuller­fat sys­tem for when the skele­ton is in place. How­ever, it lacks the abil­ity for mul­ti­ple time­lines in a project. Avid Me­dia Com­poser is re­ally the undis­puted king here, though – but the kind of fine con­trol it of­fers is overkill un­less you al­ready know you need it. As for Jahshaka, it of­fers the ba­sics, but no fri­vol­i­ties what­so­ever. It’s go­ing to frus­trate, soon.

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