May 21st, 2015
The fact that Charlie is using Final Cut 7, of course means he is a Mac user. Also, at the time I did the previous poll, Apple had just released the new version of Final Cut X which was significantly different from Final Cut 7. This upgrade angered a lot of Apple users and caused many to defect to Adobe Premiere Pro.
So the underlying assumption in Charlie’s question is that for sophisticated property video editing on the Mac there are two primary choices for video editors: Final Cut X and Adobe Premiere Pro. Of course, there’s iMovie but for someone already using Final Cut 7 iMovie has less functionality.
For Windows users, the choice is pretty clear Adobe Premiere Pro is probably the best choice for sophisticated editing. And of course there are a huge number of windows alternatives for under $100.
For Mac users, there’s more to consider than just the functionality. The pricing between Premiere and Final Cut is very different. Subscription ($19.95/month) vs $299 one time.
As usual in these situations crowd-sourcing is very valuable. What video editor do you use? Please take the poll to the right, it will be interesting to compare it to the one we did in 2011.