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    Best user friendly video editing program for Mac?
    With video effects? I tried using final cut express and when i do get it to edit right, it will edit so slow and will be very glitchy when the video is playing with no sound, output quality is fine, but converting a 10 min video is a 35-40 min project, and it's just terrible. I have the MacBook white *current model on apple.com*. I want a program that would be able to edit using video transitions, video effects, that works well with the MacBook? iMovie is fine, but it doesnt have the video effects like windows movie maker did. If anyone could dedicate their time to post a response back that would be nice..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tripleh3lix View Post
    With video effects? I tried using final cut express and when i do get it to edit right, it will edit so slow and will be very glitchy when the video is playing with no sound, output quality is fine, but converting a 10 min video is a 35-40 min project, and it's just terrible. I have the MacBook white *current model on apple.com*. I want a program that would be able to edit using video transitions, video effects, that works well with the MacBook? iMovie is fine, but it doesnt have the video effects like windows movie maker did. If anyone could dedicate their time to post a response back that would be nice..
    Anyone?

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    Well, it sounds like you might not be importing the video properly into FCE. Before importing have you set up the easy setup settings?

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    Your initial problem might be the Macbook (to be honest, even though your MB might have the Intel X3100 vid chip, it's still honestly not enough horsepower to get the job done well...) ..I have a fall '07 MBP (Santa Rosa 2.2GHz C2D, stock setup) with the nVidia 8600GT vid, and it handles exported DV from eyeTV (I do a lot of commercial editing of TV shows with it) in both iMovie 08 and FCE 4 just fine. Remember, regardless of what you do, many times the re-rendering and encoding of the final, edited, transish'ed and complete project will take time. That is often a natural by-product of the activity. So when you do finish with a project and render it, whether in h.264, mp4, or whatever your favorite flavor of video might be, grab a soda and a hot dog and go play some Guitar Hero... and let nature (and the video) take its' course...

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    Yeah the video time doesnt bug me much just editing it and adding effects to it slow it down real nice. On top of that, there's no sound, and it beeps cause of teh unrendered audio even though i convert all my videos with VisualHub in mp4 format, I don't understand. This is both in Final Cut Express and Pro.

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    The fact that your audio is unrendered after using visual hub means you are choosing an incorrect audio codec. Either figure out the right one to use (best choice), or render the audio in FCE before doing further editing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xstep View Post
    The fact that your audio is unrendered after using visual hub means you are choosing an incorrect audio codec. Either figure out the right one to use (best choice), or render the audio in FCE before doing further editing.
    Yeah well how do I render the audio in FCE? Cause when I play it in the left preview window the audio is fine, but when I edit it beeps? and I tried editing with no audio and it has major slowdowns? I dont understand if it's my MacBook or it's just the program itself, cause I know of people who edit fine in FCE. And they have an older MacBook model than me.

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    If I recall properly (FCP) that is under the Sequence menu item. Select your sequence, go to that menu, and select render all. A weakness is that if you edit the rendered content, you loose that render and have to do it again.

    Search for 'render' in the Help menu for more. Also search for 'audio playback quality' as FCP has the ability to lower it in the preferences, so FCE might too.

    You would best be served by getting the original conversion right in the first place. Here is a discussion regarding the audio format Final Cut likes.

    You mentioned that you are using VH to create an mp4 file, but what is the audio codec being used.
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