Welcome to the Avid & (vs.) Final Cut Pro articles and link archive.
NOTE: This page was created in September 2006 to keep track of various Avid Media Composer vs. Final Cut Pro discussions around the web. Certain links may have expired over time or software updates to the applications may make the data either incorrect or irrelevant. Please keep that in mind as you peruse the links and as always download demos and use the software yourself (if at all possible) before you spend your own money.
As a user and fan of both Avid products and Apple’s Final Cut Pro, I love them both. I do not believe one to be better than the other contrary to what many other editors I have spoken with think. They are both great tools to achieve an end result. If I have the choice I will choose different tools for a different outcome and editing software is no different. Below are links to a series of articles I have been writing to look at Avid and Final Cut Pro, side by side, feature to feature, in more detail. These started back before Media Composer Software was available and before Avid discontinued Avid Xpress Pro. Most things apply to Avid Media Composer Software as well. The differences are many, but the similarities are there as well.
- Avid vs. Final Cut Pro. My Take. a quick comparison of a number of features
- Looking at the mortal enemies a comparison of some of the basic terms
- Recording audio keyframes a look at the process if audio keyframing and automation gain
- Looking at the Avid and Final Cut Pro timelines In depth with the basics of the timeline
- Comparing the Avid and Final Cut Pro capture tools Comparing some of the basic capture features
- Nesting in Final Cut Pro and Avid Xpress Pro They use the same term in both applications but “nesting” is quite different.
- Looking at the Avid and Final Cut Pro trim tools Mechanically they operate the very similar but the differences are vast.
At the Editblog on Pro Video Coalition I wrote The Basics of Avid Media Composer for a Final Cut Pro Editor and the follow up piece More Avid Media Composer for the Final Cut Pro Editor.
Some other resources from around the web:
Oliver Peter’s Final Cut vs. Avid Redux.
A little more on Avid vs. Final Cut a podcast from Creative Cow.
And of course there’s a discussion thread on Creative Cow about Avid vs. Final Cut Pro.
In 2006 Patrick Inhofer wrote One editor’s perspective.
I was part of a That Post Show discussion called A Market for Avid and Final Cut.
Avid2FCP: a website dedicated to moving from Avid to FCP.
- And check out The Changeover Challenge article on Avid2FCP for the most in-depth comparison yet.
Final Cut Pro to Avid: a website dedicated to moving from FCP to Avid.
Kevin McAuliffe wrote The Age old Debate: Avid versus Apple.
The California Video Production blog has a post about Avid vs. Final Cut Pro – The Battle in the Job Market.
Chris at latenite films has a detailed article about his thoughts on the two apps.
Eddie Hamilton, a UK editor, lists his thoughts on AVID vs FINAL CUT PROin a feature film cutting room.
The official Avid forums have many discussion threads. This thread called Avid MC vs Final Cut Pro … ready to jump !! is a place to start and find other Avid forum links.
There’s even an Avid vs. Final Cut Pro discussion video on YouTube though I’m not sure you can really get a lot of good info in 3:24.