Editing software?

Evening all, I am just upolading my footage from this weekends North East trip and I am already frustrated :triumph:
I am using Final cut pro and it just seems to take forever to transcode the media to proxy, my Mac BookPro is a 2.4 ghz intel i5 with 16GB memory, Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB , so the question is is the Mac Book just not upto the job or is this normal ?
I have been shooting in 4K but after reading all the forums I am going to give 2.7k ago tomorrow and see if this makes any difference in quality, and editing times…
Has any one tried any of the other editing software and whats your thoughts ???

I’m no video editing expert but I had massive problems with iMovie and those random black frames - drove me insane :frowning:

I’ve since moved to “MovAVI” and although it looks a bit cheapy, it works surprisingly well.

Granted, I only use it for the basics (cutting, joining, transitions) but for the Joe Bloggs amateur like me, it’s fine!

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With regards to FCPX

Proxy conversion is really only needed when you have several video sources.

Optimising is definitely the best way to go.

I thought I was going to have problems the other night with 25 minutes of 4k footage from 4 total files.

I had chopped them up in to useable clips and started to export the final file.

It took literally 10 minutes to do just 1% of a 3 minute 1080p video.

I thought, ahh must be because I am downscaling to 1080p

So I left it overnight.

Checked in the morning and it only took 40 minutes in total to render out, so not as bad as I was thinking (6 hours+)

I’m on an iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) with 24 GB RAM - 4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, if that helps


Never got on with FCPX I use Davinci Resolve and Premier Pro, Davinci is the best bit of free editing software you can get your hands on


I’m on premier pro on a PC.Your processor and ram should be fine. Macs have fairly slow drives which can be a pain, so you could go for an SSD upgrade. The graphics card is a bit thin on ram but I don’t think there is much you can do there. So, I’d consider an upgrade to the hd and a second hd as writing the output to a different drive speeds the process.

I used to use a mac for my photography work but to be honest I haven’t looked back since getting a high spec windows laptop.

I tend to shoot at 1080 as that looks good enough to me though shooting at 2.7 and downscaling the output to 1080 can provide good results.


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Thanks I did forget to say it is a SSD drive, off to Meadowhall later to look at upgrading me thinks :+1:

PLEASE tell me you have one of these to go with it:


But in all seriousness, this is the first recommendation I’ve ever seen for Davinci - so I’m off to download it now :+1:

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I was torn between DaVinci and FCPX - Being on a mac it was more convenient to use FCPX.

There seems to be a larger community for FCPX and more tutorials etc.

However, can’t moan about DaVinci’s free offering and if I weren’t already invested, I would certainly give it a go.

That’s a proper organ :grinning::+1:

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I’ve been using Lightworks…I really like it. But it’s expensive…at least I reckon it’s too rich for my blood

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WTF? Lightroom doesn’t do video too does it?!???

You can catalog in Lightroom, but Maverick said Lightworks, so I think there is confusion here


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