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Final Cut Express vs Final Cut Pro

Which product is for you?

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First, you must remember that Apple does not Ship Final Cut Pro as a stand alone software product. It comes bundled with Final Cut Studio. So when comparing the features, you really need to look at all the items that ship with each package.

Final Cut Studio ships with:
Final Cut Pro
DVD Studio Pro
Motion
SoundTrack Pro
LiveType
Compressor
Cinema Tools

Final Cut Express ships with:
Final Cut Express
LiveType
SoundTrack 1.5

New with version 3.5, Final Cut Express now has full keyframe effects control, which is the same as Final Cut Pro.

The software interface is nearly identical with a few exceptions:

Key Final Cut Express Interface Differences and Specifications
No support for third party capture cards
No three-way color correction - It only has the secondary (two-way) color corrector
Only 32 Levels of Undo
No ability to map keyboard

Outside of the missing Final Cut Studio applications, there really isn't much difference between the two applications. However, serious professionals will certainly miss the integration and features of Motion, DVD Studio Pro and SoundTrack Pro that are only available in the Final Cut Studio bundle.

What about training?
Since the editing interface is indentical to Final Cut Pro, you would be perfectly fine taking a Final Cut Pro course.

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