which final cut for me?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Bjazzman, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    so i thought you could just buy final cut pro 6 but apparently its either final cut studio 2 or express. a difference of $1000. im not sure which i'd get more use out of.

    im planning on doing jingles/scoring/post production but will express work for this? what would i give up by getting the cheaper version for this field?

    im pretty sure all i'd need is to make sure i can view whatever video they give me and make my music according to that. but would i need the full version if that is the format they use?

  2. DocBop


    Feb 22, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I was wondering the same thing since I'm starting to work more with video editors. Unlike Logic Express and Pro where the core program is the same and the loops and extras are the difference. It appears to me with FC there are functionality differences from what I have read in formats it supports and other tools.

    For myself I mainly work in PT but own Logic Pro and it comes with Soundtrack Pro so hope getting up to speed on that will help with working with FC video editors. I am looking for more info on working with time code and syncing.

    If you get more detail on the differences in the two FC's I hope you post it.
  3. I'm not absolutely positive but I believe a big difference (perhaps the
    main difference) is that Final Cut Express only supports 29.97 fps as
    found in video. Final Cut Pro supports virtually any frame rate like 24 fps
    (motion picture) and 18 fps (old movie film).

    I have Final Cut Express.
  4. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    Final cut versus logic. Final cut takes the cake?
  5. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    If all you need to do is view video, I'd think that any FCP is overkill.
    Doesn't your DAW support video playback? That should be all you need for scoring, should it not?