Apple Final Cut Pro (10.6.8) review

This non-linear editor can turn raw footage into slickly edited sequences thanks to a powerful set of professional post-production tools

Apple Final Cut Pro screenshots
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re an iMovie user who wants to expand their video editing abilities then upgrading to Final Cut Pro is a no-brainer. Its workspace is similar enough to iMovie for you to get up and running quickly and you can enjoy discovering its more sophisticated suite of post-production tools as you summon and explore the various sub-menus and panels. However, if you already subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud then Premiere Pro can perform most of the functions things that Final Cut Pro can (though you own Final Cut Pro outright whereas you have to subscribe to Premiere Pro annually.)


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    No repeat subscription required

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    iMovie users can adapt thanks to its similar interface

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    Handles Apple ProRes footage from iPhone Pro models

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    Change focus on iPhone Cinematic mode clips

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    Supports third-party LUTs and plug-ins

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    Optimised for M2 Pro, M2 Max and M1 Ultra chips


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    Mac Only

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    Keying tools not as versatile as Premiere Pro’s

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Apple provides every Mac owner with a free desktop and iOS version of iMovie, an entry-level non-linear (NLE) video editing app. iMovie lets you trim clips to share the best bits and swap their order in a timeline (hence the term non-linear) to tell a story. You can then spruce up the sound levels using basic EQ presets and sprinkle on some titles and captions for a polished product.  

Final Cut Pro is Apple’s answer to the needs of professional video editors who need a wider range of high-end post-production tools to take even more control over their video assets. If you’re an iMovie user who’s wondering whether you need to invest in a professional NLE then read on to find out what extras Final Cut Pro has to offer.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.