As a “professional” editor, I gotta say: iMovie is friggin’ hard. The whole concept behind it is making an easy-to-use software so that your everyday person can make a decent quality home video.
I mean, that’s what Apple is good at: making complicated things, from operating systems to photo editors, and making them easy to use. From my personal experience, aside from some minor issues I have with their Airport systems, they’ve been very successful. Not only can they appeal to technologically-impaired people, but also to the very creative people who need powerful and error-proof workstations.
When iMovie first came out it was incredibly simple. I was fresh out of high school and taught myself the program (Version 2) in no time.
College is where I learned Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro (both kind of similar in my opinion) and eventually learned Avid’s Media Composer out working in the industry.
Learning Avid was a _itch.
After a year or two I remember thinking that Final Cut Pro was still my favorite. It was easy to use, not that buggy, and just a good overall package. Now, many years later Avid is ingrained into my head so much that even on my personal projects I use it. (I still won’t say it’s my favorite though.) Which leads me to the present….
I can’t understand iMovie ’11. Maybe, just maybe, it’s because I know such an intense and professional grade software that my mind can’t process something so simple, but look at it:
That’s intense! Yes, they have decent tutorials and Americans on average are smarter people than they were ten years ago, but I highly doubt Mom & Dad would even attempt to learn it. Whereas iMovie 2 from above, maybe.
Here’s my dilemma: I’ve completely given up trying to animate things myself. I don’t have the proper software anymore (I used 3D Studio Max and Maya in the past) and probably couldn’t grasp the updated software quickly even if I got ahold of it.
For this video that I mentioned last post, I’d like to show, whether by images or animations, the route I’m taking. I’d also like to do a cool opening title and ending credits.
This is where iMovie comes in: It can do those graphics…. easily.
So I think I may just animate those sequences in iMovie and export them into the Avid to cut my piece. I honestly don’t think I can “dumb it down” to learn and cut my whole piece in iMovie. Or, granting truth to the fact that I’m just an idiot, learn an unnecessarily sophisticated piece of software.