Last week we talked a little about FCP and the student discounts available. I have in my hot little hand FCP 3.0 and all I paid was $299.00. At the Apple site I registered as a student of my local junior college and that was it!! I never had to produce any proof!!
This is a hell of a deal and I hate to leave Strata but what can I say?
I also picked up a training course from dvcreators. Hope I can learn this thing
After last night I think Strata's bugs pushed me over the edge. As soon as I get the cash, I am getting Premier or Final Cut Pro.
STRATA •good -easy to use and learn -plently of specal FX
•bad -not entirely stable -play back can get very choppy -other bugs that have to be worked around
FINA CUT PRO •good -you can do almost anything in it if you're good enough -it is almost like premier and after effects combined -real time effects
•bad -tough learning curve -price (unless you can get it academically)
Overall, Final cut pro is much better. Strata is nice, but I really wouldn't consider it pro level software. It's a bit pricey for what it offers, and other programs at the same price are more capable.
Yeah, FCP is miles apart from the competition. A real pro package. I have been using it for about 4 months now, still only scrathing the surface, and am still astounded by it's tool set and ease (believe it or not) of use ( I say that because I first made films on 8mm). There isn't anything close to it until you get to AVID - about £600 more at it's cheapest incarnation. The only thing about FCP is that it is total overkill unless you mean to use it for broadcating (tv) or film production.