08-21-2008, 06:25 AM
Hello, this is my first post. My Mac knowledge is developing, and I've got to the stage where I'm not finding answers to my problems so easily anymore. I've got a few questions, and there's a personal intro below, but to the point - here's my first issue:
Final Cut Express is very good with chapter markers, and it exports to iDVD just fine. iMovie 08 is not good with chapter markers. Final Cut Express doesn't like importing from the HDD video camera (so far as I can tell). iMovie 08 captures very easily and it has an export to Final Cut XML feature.
See where this is going? Lets capture the movie in iMovie, do the basic cutting, export to Final Cut Express, do the custom chapter markers, export to iDVD, burn, job done!
Except.... that when you export widescreen 16:9 from iMovie 08 to Final Cut Express (via an XML file) it comes in as 4:3. Why, why why? This is really annoying. Can somebody tell me how to get 16:9 across from one program to the other without problems? That would certainly make my life easier.
I work in a school, and part of my job is to help kids get the videos they've shot to a stage where they can present them in class in the way they want. Although it might be nice for the kids to process the videos themselves there are currently only very limited facilities for them to do that. They really like to mess around in Windows Movie Maker, but of course videos don't come straight off the camera in WMV and they need some compression (otherwise kids would quickly exhaust their disk quotas). There are other workflows too, such as producing a smart DVD of a music concert for the music department to keep, or converting old teaching VHSs to DVDs.
I use Final Cut Express, iMovie 08 and iDVD. I am also just beginning to use iMovie HD and QuickTime Pro to try and get certain things done. I also have a very useful program on the PC called TMPG. Bear in mind when replying that this is a school, so buying expensive 'Pro' level software is not an option. Nor in my view should it be necessary - I'm not trying to do anything particularly ground breaking.
Video material used to come from a Sony DV tape camera (and still does a bit), but we now have a Sony Hard Disk Drive camera which we thought would make things much easier. A good percentage of video is shot widescreen, and this is the cameras' native aspect ratio.
I have a few issues/sticking points with certain projects, and I hope I'll find some solutions here. Please bear in mind that I'm a relatively new Mac user and I don't use one outside of work.