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AppleFinal Cut Studio 3
 
4.7

(based on 108 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to navigate (69)
  • Versatile (41)
  • Accurate colors (38)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (32)
  • Easy to customize (25)

Cons

  • Difficult to navigate (3)

Best Uses

  • Professional quality (46)
  • Educational purposes (17)
  • Multimedia (17)
  • Presentations (14)
  • Home use (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (82), Budget shopper (11)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (77), Personal (20)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wish I had taken the leap sooner!

After the purchase of a Canon 5DMll I decided to try my ability to make videos.
Primarily a photographer, I am seeing the advantage of video in my projects. Wedding projects simply sell...Read complete review

After the purchase of a Canon 5DMll I decided to try my ability to make videos.
Primarily a photographer, I am seeing the advantage of video in my projects. Wedding projects simply sell better with DVD slideshows and video included. With a good assistant you can produce the photographs AND the video for the event.
We have several Bluegrass bands here in the mountains of North Carolina that I have recorded and applied Final Cut Studio with absolutely astounding results. The "WOW" response from clients is common.

When deciding to purchase FCS I had considered Final Cut Express. I talked with an Apple representative and told him, after he suggested Final Cut Express because of the cost, that I have used most of the other movie applications and don't want to be "underwhelmed" if I choose Express. This is one time I want to be overwhelmed!
I am happy to report that I am indeed overwhelmed by FCS but only because of the various abilities it gives me to control my output.
The user interface is intuitive but can be tricky to get around if you don't understand the basics of making movies. Fortunately B&H has teamed Final Cut Studio with FCS Basic Training's Class on Demand by Tom Wolsky. Tom does a good job of explaining the basic user interfaces and makes suggestions on how to optimize your system for better performance. I'm using a MacBook Pro and have had no problems using FCS.
Getting around in the color module is a bit tricky as it uses a different format than mac users are typically used to.
Final Cut Studio is a great tool and will expand your interest in movie making and will want you to dust off the camcorder that never gets used anymore. You may find yourself wanting to rework your old home movies.

B&H has put FCS in the hands of more users by lowering the price and made those users more adept by including the Class on Demand.
Thanks B&H. You are always a step ahead of the pack!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's Almost As Good As They Claim

What can be done with a nonlinear editor represents considerable progress beyond older technology, but they ain't there yet. While FCP's capabilities make it usable and useful, it still has serious flaws, including...Read complete review

What can be done with a nonlinear editor represents considerable progress beyond older technology, but they ain't there yet. While FCP's capabilities make it usable and useful, it still has serious flaws, including instability and poor integration. Things occasionally simply fail to work, such as round-tripping; and it is painfully obvious that these programs were all created separately by people who weren't talking to each other. Some functions, such as key-framing, will seem awkward and unintuitive 'til you have used them many, many times. Some features, such as Smoothcam in FCP7, create more distortion than they remove. In some of the programs in this suite, such as Compressor, the lack of feedback coupled with the delays in processing large files can leave you uncertain whether the program is still running. This is very poor programming practice, and Apple should know better. The documentation is on a par with the industry standard, and that is not saying much.

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5.0

final cut studio 3

By bbeatz

from napa ca

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Pros

  • Accurate Colors and Controls
  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
  • Easy To Customize
  • Easy To Navigate
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Educational Purposes
    • Presentations
    • Professional Quality

    Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

    Great for all your basic and advanced video editing needs.easy to install works great on my 2009 mac pro.also good for photo editing and color correction.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    LOVE Final Cut Studio

    By mtnchica

    from walla walla, wa

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    Pros

    • Easy To Customize
    • Easy To Navigate
    • Intuitive work flow
    • Provides all tools needed
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Quality
      • Total documentary workflo

      Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

      I've been using Final Cut professionally since it first came out in 2002, and I've continually upgraded, up through Final Cut Studio 2. Initially I just held there, and didn't upgrade to Final Cut Studio 3, thinking I'd wait a while, perhaps until the next version came out, because I felt pretty satisfied with the features of FCS2. Well, then Final Cut X came out with all of its terrible, backwards features and awful reviews from professional users, so I immediately went searching for Final Cut Studio 3, hoping that it wasn't too late to find it. Thankfully, B&H still had it.

      I really haven't noticed too many changes from Final Cut Studio 2, but the one that makes an obvious difference to me is the handling of HD footage shot on a digital SLR. I regularly use the Canon 5D mark ii to film b-roll, and FCS3 handles Apple Pro Res 422 footage beautifully.

      I'm a little nervous that FCS3 is the end of Apple's tradition of excellence with this program given how wretched Final Cut X seems to be, but for now I'm just going to continue using FCS3 and hope for the best.

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      • Business
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      • Mac

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      4.0

      Only place I could find FCP 7

      By GQ

      from Stillwater, OK

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

            I heard bad things about FCP X and knew FCP 7 frontwards and backwards and needed for a new job. This is best way I knew how to purchase FCP 7.

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            • Business
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            • Mac

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            1.0

            Wish I had my money back

            By Tim

            from Atlanta Ga

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Waste of money

              Best Uses

                Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                I am so disappointed in this software, I purchased it for full price, [$] now today apple told me that Final cut studio is no longer going to be a product, so no more Final Cut Studio, buy at your own risk, the product is defective, allegedly and I am really irritated that I spent so much money on a product that was going to be dumped by Apple, wish I had my money back.

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                • Business
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                • Mac

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                5.0

                Everything I was looking for

                By Amateur Film Maker

                from Helena, MT

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                Pros

                • Accurate Colors and Controls
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Quality

                  Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                  Granted, I'm an amateur trying to turn my hobby into a professions, but as far as I'm concerned, this is the ultimate in editing software.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  This is all you need.

                  By Jordan J

                  from Nashville, TN

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate Colors and Controls
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Quality

                    Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                    If you need to edit any video professionally you need this. It has every thing you need.

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                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Great package

                    By tsnkids

                    from Wilmington, VT

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                    Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                    Final Cut Studio is a great package.

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                    5.0

                    Unbelievable Creativity Potential

                    By Stormin Norman

                    from SW Ohio

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                    • Easy To Navigate
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Steep Learning Curve

                    Best Uses

                    • Educational Purposes

                    Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                    I was involved in the Analog days of Video production and recently jumped head first into digital video editing. I am amazed at the production power now possible in this relatively inexpensive software suite. If you can imagine it - it is now possible. Amazing......

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                    • Business
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                    • Mac

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                    4.0

                    Jumping Right in

                    By J.Ross

                    from Macon, GA

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Colors and Controls
                    • Easy To Customize
                    • Easy To Navigate

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Quality

                      Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                      I recently began (paid) filmmaking work. When putting my studio together on a budget, really the only choice, was Final Cut Pro. It's extremely user friendly even for those of us who stayed invested in PC longer than the other hipsters who made their run on MAC.

                      I instantly began using most of the more advanced control in the system. The setup of the program is completely logical. Everything seems to be extremely streamlined and well thought out.

                      Please spend your time going through the explore FCP book that comes along with the program. It gives a wonderful overview of the buttons and the setup. It even does a amazing job of teaching you how to customize the views to your personal preferences.

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                      • Business
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                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      As Advertised

                      By Miguel

                      from Chicago, IL

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                      Pros

                      • Accurate Colors and Controls
                      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                      • Easy To Customize
                      • Easy To Navigate

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Presentations
                        • Professional Quality

                        Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                        Does everything the users wanted to do with it at a Great price through B&H!

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                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        It's getting better

                        By na

                        from DC

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Navigate
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                            Reliable, effective, and comprehensive. As a free lance media producer, I use the FCP extensively daily. It's so easy to use. Anyone who has used FCP knows what I'm talking about. The price is going down, and the quality is going up. Who can ask for anything more.

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                            • Business
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                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Simply the Best!

                            By igigo

                            from Marietta, Ga

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                            Pros

                            • Accurate Colors and Controls
                            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                            • Easy To Navigate
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Quality

                              Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                              Hands down the best Editing software out there.

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                              • Business
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                              • Mac

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                              3.0

                              Still a work in progress!!!

                              By SeeCham

                              from Madison, Al

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Pros

                              • Output is gorgeous

                              Cons

                              • Freezes or Crashes
                              • Inaccurate Controls
                              • Not intuitive interface

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Quality

                              Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                              Yes I give this suite 3 stars because I gave only 1 and half stars to the previous version I ran on my Mac. As one post so aptly put it...to an editor time is everything!!! I do a fair amount of PSA's and Documentaries. There are some tings Apple should just be embarrassed about. For instance, when you are in Motion laying in type, there is no preview of how a different type will look if you are not satisfied with the present one...are you kidding me. In Motion you have previews of how the transitions look...In FC7, you don't!! In fact there are no previews of anything! And don;t take the time to add bunch of nice simple cross-fades to your project if you are in FC7 if you intend to import your project into Motion...they won't be exported to Motion and will be lost!!! Yeah I know..."embarrassing" right? And working with Key- Frames in Motion is no where as simple as it is in FC7. And the time-line in Motion can be so irritating at times you want to pull your hair out!! You can lay down an image and it will extended far past the end of the footage you are working with. Which means if you want to make it shorter you have to drag the whole clip way past where it should be just so you find the end of it to edit. How mice would it be to have the same Pen Tool you have in FC7 to drop Key Frames right in the time-line. And since Motion does not import Transitions from FCP7,why are there no transitions present in Motion? I find it amazing at how different the interfaces are between the two editors. And why they are not integrated is beyond me! To export and save and work and then save again, just so you can have some nice simple text or shape effects is beyond me. And using Boris which looks like its 10 years old is again 'embarrassing' at the very least!! Sure I want to have to highlight in order change anything every single time...in a type editor no doubt!!And while the good stuff like the new Pro-Res Codecs are a welcome sight, working with 24p is still a pain when it comes to render times in HD.The share function is good, but could be a whole lot better. And the anti-shake function in FCP7 is all but useless. This editor while very popular is still far from being the efficient tool it needs to be. Its sad that some compare $49 program like IMovie to a[$]plus program, but rightfully so, they do.I have been using FCP7 now for a few months which included no less than 60 commercials/projects and i am still not as impressed as I was with Vegas Pro some 9 years ago. With an aging interface, a steep learning curve, (B&H throws in a guide which was very helpful) and almost $900 poorer, I would strongly think bout dropping your dime on this one before the supposedly "All New" FCP8!There are many more little thing that really irritate me about FCP7 (seriously...many more), I just hope the the hype about FCP8 is everything anyone should expect...including an upgrade price, cause I just bought my editor this year!!!

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                              4.0

                              Great Price!!

                              By Shell

                              from Maryland

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                              Pros

                              • Accurate Colors and Controls
                              • Easy To Customize
                              • Easy To Navigate

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Quality

                                Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                                I looked around for a while for Final Cut Studio 3 software and was very impressed with the B&H price. The software is tried and true and although I am an Avid trained editor when it came to setting up my own business I couldn't beat the value that Final Cut offers.

                                The interface is easy to use and very functional. The only part of Final Cut Editing that lacks is in trimming. I feel that Avid does a better job of handling the trim function.

                                I am also a little bit disappointed in how it handles tapeless formats. There is a lot more converting and prep work required than on the later generation Avids.

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                                5.0

                                "Exactly what I needed"

                                By Green Horn

                                from Connecticut

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                                Pros

                                • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                • Easy To Navigate
                                • Not an academic version

                                Cons

                                • Takes forever to instal

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Quality

                                Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                                I have been going back and forth about purchasing FCP for over a year now, and I finally found the deal I was looking for. I'm a beginning professional videographer, just graduated from school 1 yr ago. I've been piecing my equipment together for over 4 yrs now, and finally I have the bare bones to start a side business for weddings and parties etc. Great product, I've used AVID before, more powerful....but way more complicated, particularly since most of what I do doesn't require half the bells and whistles of AVID. FCP is exactly what I needed

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                                5.0

                                Industry Standard

                                By video man

                                from Laramie, WY

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                                Pros

                                • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                • Easy To Customize
                                • Easy To Navigate
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                                  I love FCP. Having all of these tools available in one bundle is amazing. I am yet to find a function that Final Cut Studio can't handle. If you are looking for professional videos, it all starts here.

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                                  5.0

                                  Awesome

                                  By Josh the Admin

                                  from Murfreesboro, TN

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                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                  • Easy To Navigate
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Educational Purposes
                                    • Presentations

                                    Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                                    We use this for a medium-sized church. The quality and versatility are unparalleled at this price point.

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                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic~ What I've been missing all my

                                    By EMC

                                    from Goodyear, Arizona

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                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                    • Clear
                                    • Concise
                                    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                    • Easy To Customize
                                    • Easy To Navigate
                                    • Fun
                                    • Powerful
                                    • Smooth
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Ministry
                                      • Presentations
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                                      This product has made our video ministry 100x better and more productive from that of Vegas Pro 9. We use this product to produce our television ministry sermons and our weekly announcements etc. It is easy to work with, the user interface is stellar and intuitive. Things that arent so great about it is that it does not like .mp3 or windows format videos. There are plugins for that though.

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                                      5.0

                                      Exciting new upgrade

                                      By Mission Lel

                                      from Nashville, TN

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

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                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                      • Easy To Customize
                                      • Easy To Navigate
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • No LiveType

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Quality
                                      • Video Editing

                                      Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                                      I've loved this product before, but I still love the newest version. It has some cool new features such as being able to work simultaneously in compressor and final cut. That has been really helpful.

                                      I do miss LiveType, though. I'm not sure why this isn't included in the latest version.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Product at a Great Price

                                      By Photo Kris

                                      from Tigard, OR

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                                      Pros

                                      • Flexability
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • Slow installing

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Quality
                                      • Video Editing

                                      Comments about Apple Final Cut Studio 3:

                                      Final Cut Studio is fast using the new MacBook Pro with the i7 (Sandy Bridge) processor. FCS provides a lot of flexibility in editing video.

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