View Full Version : iMovie will edit HD-FX footage
01-11-2005, 10:12 AM
I'm reading a realtime feed of the Macworld SF keynote, and it seems that Steve Jobs just announced that the new version of iMovie will be able to edit HD-FX footage. *According to the feed, a Sony rep just came on stage to join in the presentation.
No word yet if FCP or FCE will be able to edit HDV, but I can't imagine they'd add the feature to iMovie and not FCP/FCE.
Oddly enough, the feed just says it can do 720p, which would not be the format that the HD-FX does. *It may be that it can do 720p from the JVC cam and 1080i from the HD-FX?
No word yet on pricing or availability.
ETA: The marketing material at http://www.apple.com/imovie makes it clear that both 720p and 1080i HDV are editable by iMovie HD. Also, it's part of iLife, which is US$79, available Jan. 22, or for US$10 separately, according to this page: http://www.apple.com/finalcut .
01-11-2005, 11:08 AM
And now they've announced that the new version of Final Cut Express will be called Final Cut Express HD, and it will support both 720p and 1080i HDV as well. It'll be available February for US$299 new or US$99 upgrade.
Oddly, still no word about whether/when Final Cut Pro will support HDV.
01-11-2005, 11:26 AM
I always thought it strange to buy a $3000+ camera and then edit the footage with $50 software. :( I thought FCP already had that ability, hence the name FCPHD? Could be wrong though, I don't use a mac.
01-11-2005, 11:32 AM
uncompress and DVCPRO HD, no HDV
Did you see the new mini-mac they have on their website?
01-11-2005, 02:50 PM
*I thought FCP already had that ability, hence the name FCPHD?
The "HD" in FCP-HD refers to Panasonic's DVCPRO-HD format. You can transfer DVCPRO-HD footage by firewire and edit it in its native codec, just like DV editing.
As ettubaby says, it also refers to uncompressed HD.
01-11-2005, 03:24 PM
If you want a pc solution the :
is for you.
VelocityHD supports 1080i, 1080PsF and 720p HD formats at all common frame rates, plus 525 and 625-line (NTSC and PAL) standard-definition formats.
Optional Real-Time HD/SD 3D DVE
Compressed and Uncompressed (8/10-bit) Video
Multi-Stream Real-Time SD Editing (8 video streams plus graphics streams)
Award-Winning Velocity Software Interface
Real-Time HD/SD Color Correction
Fully-Integrated, Full-Quality Multi-Camera Editing
01-11-2005, 08:00 PM
looks nice but I don't think it works with HDV, plus it looks expensive.
I think its interesting that iDVD also deals with the HDV. From what I read it looks like this macworld was focus HD. Supposedly Steve Jobs demoed with FX1. So, if people are looking to edit HDV they can do for next to nothing. The suite is usually thrown in with new Mac. I know its only iMovie...iMovie is cool
01-11-2005, 08:45 PM
FX1 has component out. You can grab the uncompressed video. No dropouts, just clean high quality video with the VelocityHD.
Mac mini is only 1,5 kg. If iDVD works well than you can use it where ever you like to grab your video. And it is cheap.
01-12-2005, 01:04 AM
Imovie and final cut express hd, do they have any special codec that would speed up working with HD footage? Beacuse at the moment, on a G4, there's no way I can do anything.
The new iMovie also will do 16:9, SD. So if you had the XL2 you can edit. I have the iMovie that came out last year with garageband and it works really good. My Final Cut express is better but iMovie is really easy!! The new one looks like the improved it even more.
I was thinking if the mini mac can handle HD then just buying that and hooking it to my iMac (if I can).
01-12-2005, 07:35 AM
No mention of iMovie but a 733MHz G4 or faster is required for iDVD, I would think 1Ghz g4 for iMovie.
01-12-2005, 07:53 AM
"Mac mini houses a 1.25 or 1.42GHz G4 processor, 40 or 80GB hard drive, a slot-loading CD-R/DVD-ROM optical drive, 256MB DDR SDRAM and ATI Radeon 9200 graphics chip with 32MB dedicated DDR SDRAM " - looks great
01-13-2005, 05:23 AM
"Want to shoot with state-of-the art video cameras? The newest camcorders let you capture widescreen (16:9) high-definition (HDV 720p and 1080i) video, and iMovie HD lets you import it and edit it just like standard digital video. In fact, iMovie makes it easy to work with HDV. Trim it. Add transitions and effects to it. Burn a high-quality DVD and show it on your widescreen home theater or on your iMac G5."
"With support for both 1080i and 720p HDV as well as DV, Final Cut Express HD gives you superb image quality at an affordable price."
I read on Apple's site that FCPro HD will do HDV "with 3rd party add ons"
Somewhere on their site was a comparo chart (that I can't find right now, OF COURSE) with iMovie5, FCE HD, FCP HD showing what each does and what features the next step-up gives you. That's the only place I found the reference to FCP HD doign the HDV. IF this would let you mix the two, say HDCam footage and Sony HDV then that would be perfect!
ALso Media100 HD is supposed to offer support for HDV soon.
01-13-2005, 08:34 AM
here is the link to the comparison