I have a colleague who is responsible for supporting the use of Digital Video in our school. We have recently converted/dragged him away from a analogue set up (he still had Betamax recorders in his room).
We have limited funds but have invested in a Macbook and good quality HD video camera (with a special lens he requested). We spent around £2000 on this set up.
Anyway, he is now moaning about having to use iMovie for Digital Video work saying the following -
Things I am missing -
The time line does not represent the length of the clips accurately - not WYSIWYG
There is no frame advance or frame backward control
imovie cuts clips into small chunks, seemingly at random, meaning you have to try and re-assemble the various clips on the timeline - nigh impossible with no camera differentiation
There is no time and frame read out to show where you are in a clip.
You cant frame accurately set your in and out points.
You have to edit on the time line.
I cant make sense of the clips bin, and cant make them not frame display clips.
You cant see the whole time line. The zoom feature is limited.
You cant change the length of a transition.
I'm sure there's more but I'm burned out on butting up against it's anti intuitive features
The title presets are awful. There is no plain white on black title
I would welcome help in responding to this email, I am at the end of what I can say really?!?
In an ideal world we would have purchased Final Cut but if he can't use iMovie....!!!! He keeps asking for a manual.