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41. Emedia Bass Method
$29.99 $29.15
42. Music Ace Starter
$279.00 list($699.99)
43. Adobe Premiere 7.0 [Replaced by
$89.99 $59.95
44. Band-in-a-Box Pro Version 11 (Mac)
$532.95 $299.00 list()
45. Premiere 6.0 Mac
list($199.00)
46. Toast with Jam
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47. Logic Pro 6
$119.00 $106.95 list()
48. Auralia 2 for Macintosh
$69.99 $29.99 list($79.99)
49. MediaEdit Pro (Mac)
$279.88 list($295.00)
50. HERCULES DJ Console - Portable
$37.99 list()
51. E-Jay Mix (Mac)
$22.99 list($29.99)
52. Teach Yourself to Play Guitar
$87.99 list($99.99)
53. Logic Express 7 Upgrade from Logic
list($299.99)
54. Final Cut Express
$49.99
55. Pinnacle Studio QuickStart
$49.99 $33.97
56. Instant Play Guitar Deluxe (6
$44.88
57. Dragon Burn 4.0 (Mac)
list($999.99)
58. Apple Final Cut Pro 4.1
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59. Final Cut Pro 3.0
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60. iLife 1.1

41. Emedia Bass Method
list price: $59.99
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B000162ZQ0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 2583
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Features

  • Features 114 step-by-step lessons by famous bass instructor John Arbo - follow along as he teaches you the basics
  • Begin learning about triads, fills, syncopation and other bass techniques
  • Create your own bass lines in no time at all
  • Over 200 songs and exercises help you improve your bass-playing
  • Play your favorite songs by the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and other legends

42. Music Ace Starter
list price: $29.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B00018AUBU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Harmonic Vision
Sales Rank: 1278
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Features

  • Features 24 engaging lessons that introduce the basics of music theory
  • Covers lessons like pitch recognition, learning key signatures and basic ear training
  • Learn the single staff and Grand staff, sharps and flats, and much more
  • Compose your own original music using the innovative Music Doodle Pad

43. Adobe Premiere 7.0 [Replaced by Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5]
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0000AJXWP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 4185
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Real-time editing
  • Multiple, nestable timelines
  • Advanced color correction
  • Enhanced audio editing
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Ibackups
order this guy at ibackups.net.
it is only 70$ instead of 700 and you can drag the dowloaded files onto a CD-R to make a installation disc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beastly (in the good way)
This is a awsome video editing program.\
Very stable, never crashes, and i'v had it for a while.
Its got tons of features and it will take a while to learn all of them, but you can make basic videos by the 2nd day. It reguires a hefty computer, i have a P4 @ 2.4 gigahertz, a lighting fast motherboard, 700 something ram and the program is still asking for more. Dont get me mistaken, it still runs fine, just to get the very very best performance you will need like to gigs of Ram and a 3.2 ghz processor.

5-0 out of 5 stars From a Complete Editting Newbie
I'm fairly computer literate, and bought this software following a friend's recommendation.

I did so about a month after buying my first camcorder, a DV one to be precise. So I think you can take it as read that I knew pretty much nothing going into this - hey, I like flashing the cash!

To be brutally honest, when I first got started with PremierPro I found it pretty daunting, given the sheer volume of possibility it conveys. After a few tips from my friend however I began to experiment once I'd mastered the basics.

I tell you now - if you have a DV camera and make home movies, BUY THIS SOFTWARE!! Never again will your relatives & friends yawn at the bad shots, poor sound quality, bare monotony and dullness of the usual family video.

This software makes me look like I know what I'm doing. I made the mistake when I first used my new camera by making use of the cool effects on it, but realised quickly that there was no need, because I could simply add them later with PremierPro.

To those above who mentioned having difficulty using this, put the manual aside and just experiment! Drag & drop and right-click your way to editting heaven.

I strongly recommend this product to anyone interested in making home movies, not just the Danny Boyles of this world (who used this software to make 28 Days Later!).

5-0 out of 5 stars Advanced video editing
Adobe Premiere is an advanced peice of video editing software. As with most adobe products, the interface is not intuitive and takes time to learn...but it's worth it. Several users have commented about the manual, but I think that the best way to learn anything on computers, ADobe Premiere included, is to teach yourself. You may have to spend a couple hours figuring it out (or, depending on your experience, a couple months...) but when you learn the things you will be able to do are very advanced.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
If you've never edited video before REGARDLESS of your intellegence, then this program is NOT for you. This is an awsome video editing for anyone who has a basic understanding of editing software. If you have never used this before you will be Lost and never found again. Too bad so sad, thats the fact jack. If you have used a previous version or anything similar, the you will have the biggest orgasm of your life with Premiere Pro. New, smoother MP3 codecs and dynamic plugics make this a winner. I strongly recommend this for an intermediate to advanced editor. For thos out there that though they can just pick it up and sit down without any previous knowledge. Boy didnt you pick the wrong thing ... Read more


44. Band-in-a-Box Pro Version 11 (Mac)
list price: $89.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00008NJEN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: PG Music
Sales Rank: 2976
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Features

  • Write your own guitar solos on the Computer fretboard
  • Use chord progressions in four styles -Pop, Jazz, Country, or Folk
  • Live Harmonies lets you hear the harmony as it goes with the chord progression
  • Digital Audio Recording lets you hear your new creation
  • Use the built-in sequencer to record your melodies

45. Premiere 6.0 Mac

our price: $532.95
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Asin: B000056NSS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 6813
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

A powerful tool for professional, digital video editing, Adobe Premiere 6.0 for Macintosh comfortably closes the DV-to-Web gap. With new support for DV and cross-platform support for all of the leading Web video formats, Premiere aggressively integrates a variety of features and functions.

If you've worked with other Adobe applications, Premiere will look familiar, with the command menus at the top of the screen, windows to perform your assembling and editing, the toolbox, and the floating palettes. The Premiere toolbox contains tools for selecting, editing, and viewing your clips. The floating palettes contain additional features that help you monitor, modify, and enhance your work. You can hide and rearrange the palettes to organize your workspace, as needed. All of the clips that you import into your project--video, still image, sequence, and audio--are listed in the Project window. Every project has only one Project window; if you close this window, you close the project. The Project window is customizable, so that you can sort and view your clips by using the options that are more appropriate for your editing style.

Use the Monitor window to view individual clips, set In and Out points, set markers, add and remove clips from the Timeline, trim clips, and preview the Timeline. When you use the Single-Track Editing workspace, the Monitor window, by default, includes the Source view and the Program view. When you use the A/B Editing workspace, the Monitor window, by default, displays only the Program view and uses individual Clip windows, instead of the Source view. The Source view displays a single clip as it appears on your hard disk. Use the Source view to prepare a clip for inclusion in the Timeline. The Program view displays the current state of the Timeline--when you preview the Timeline, it plays in the Program view. ... Read more

Features

  • Prof. digital video editing
  • Robust DV support
  • Familiar Adobe interface

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars Hmm...
Well, the features of this product are amazing, and it's definitely a great solution to video editing. But this is only true once you learn how to use it! At first you have no idea what's what, and it's the typical Adobe product with windows all over the place. Sure, it's a great product, but it's only for those who have lots of time to sit down and learn how to use it. ... Read more


46. Toast with Jam
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B000063EOZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 4621
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Toast with Jam is a tasty software package indeed. Bundled with extras,at least three of which might be sold as standalone applications, Toast Platinum5.1 is the standard CD-burning tool for the Mac. Its Aqua-enhanced interfacemakes it the perfect companion for Mac OS X, and it works smoothly with OS 8.6and OS 9.

Toast Titanium's design is reminiscent of a funky '50s diner jukebox. The windowis resizable, with simple buttons specifying the type of CD you wish to burn.Pop a blank CD-R into your drive, drag your files into the window, hit that big,red glowing record button in the corner, and you're cooking. Toast supports allmajor CD formats, including MP3, Mac/ISO hybrid, and Video CD (playable on manyDVD players).

If the above were all there was to this package, we'd be satisfied and ready fora nap. But included here are Jam and Peak LE VST 3.0 (from Bias Inc.), for thosewho really want to tweak the data on their audio CDs, and Magic Mouse Discus,which lets you design great-looking labels.

Jam lets you create smoothly blended transitions between tracks with thecross-fade editor, and mark up to 49 index points within a track. The programsupports 16- or 24-bit Sound Designer II, AIFF, WAV, or MP3 files, making itextremely versatile. When you're finished tweaking, Jam creates a disk image forToast to burn.

Although it is easy and convenient to burn files directly from Toast, you willhave more control over audio files if you work first from Jam and then exportthe disk image to Toast. Even if you don't plan on creating any cross-fades orindex points, you can still listen to your entire disc and make volumeadjustments, as Jam gives direct control over the final gain for each track.This feature is very flexible. Clicking on the gain amount in the track detailbrings up a slider that lets you boost up to +12 dB or lower to -96 dB. You canalso adjust left and right channels independently of each other.

Peak LE VST 3.0 is a trimmed-down version of the Peak software from Bias Inc.,and it's a very cool and powerful tool. Peak is launched directly from Jam or onits own, and supports a dizzying array of file types, including many notsupported by Jam or Toast. These can, of course, be converted to aToast-friendly type. Although some features in this light version are disabled,you can still manipulate your audio in a number of ways, such as changing gain,normalizing, and adding DSP effects like Reverse and Invert. You can also createregions that Jam will import as tracks.

If you own a Mac and do a lot of CD burning, you want Toast with Jam. It's anextremely good value, and it's very fun to use. Best of all, taking fulladvantage of the features and extras in this package will lend your CDs asolidly professional quality. --John Bosch ... Read more

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Jam sold on False Pretenses:beware!
The primary feature distinguishing Jam from Toast or from any of the other vanilla disk burners is its long-standing ability to meld professional split-stereo files into the track list, i.e. a left and right pair of mono files with .L and .R suffixes. This is the main reason that Jam existed, since it otherwise duplicates practically all the features of Toast. Roxio prominently advertises this feature, and provides directions for implementing it in their documentation. It simply does not work. I now see from a previous message posted here and dated last March that this is not an isolated incident. It is clear that for at least 9 months after this gentleman's review was posted that Roxio has not corrected the problem, nor corrected their claims for the product, nor have they posted any warnings on their site indicating that this key feature is not yet implemented. Instead they lead customers into purchasing the software on the basis of this feature, with total disregard for the responsibility to provide the actual product they advertise. This is called lying.
If it were a matter of a shipment that got out with a small problem that contradicted the manual that would be understandable. But to forgo amending their advertising or website or online manual going on close to a year now is unconscionable. Parlaying misinformation for that long is clearly negligent and deceptive practice.
I would recommend against buying this product, sheerly on principle. There are alternatives that do exactly what it does equally well, and these people don't deserve to be rewarded for bad behaviour. Unfortunately there is no other product that provides this missing feature, at least not in an OS-X compatible version.

1-0 out of 5 stars NO STARS FOR (BURNT) TOAST WITH JAM
BACKGROUND: I am a professional guitarist/composer (and an attorney). My various efforts have received favorable reviews from THE NEW YORK TIMES (among many other diverse sources).

I made the grave mistake of buying TOAST WITH JAM for mastering because Roxio touts it (on the box) as "Professional Audio CD Mastering" for the MAC. (I read somewhere that it is an äward winning program.)

FACTS: JAM FAILED TO PERFORM THE MOST BASIC FUNCTION OF SUCCESSFULLY PLACING A PROTOOLS LE SPLIT STEREO FILE IN THE TRACK LIST. I attempted to open up a ProTools LE split stereo file ready to be burned -- no tweaking necessary. It opened the left/right files up as two separate mono files in sequence contrary to the explicit directions on p. 19 of the JAM 5 manual. It would not combine the files to produce a stereo track as the manual said it would. Sighing, I closed the program.

ROXIO's RESPONCE: I immediately emailed Roxio; Roxio "help" said that this was a "KNOWN ISSUE" requiring an upload to correct the defect. Problem is they don't have one available for my problem ....but....they said that they're working on it.

The program is useless for my purposes.

Richard Rabatin

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy as 1, 2, 3!!!!!
This product is almost universally compatible!! The window is resizable, with simple buttons specifying the type of CD you wish to burn. Click audio, data, copy, or other, and the button turns blue. Pop a blank CD-R into your drive, drag your files into the window, hit that big red glowing record button in the corner, and you're cooking. What a simple way to burn CD's.... even off your PC!

5-0 out of 5 stars Toast with Jam
With good reason, Roxio's Toast is probably the best selling CD and DVD Macintosh burning software in the world. Roxio has always been miles ahead of their competition and it looks like they just raised the bar again. Their latest release, Toast with Jam, adds even more functionality to their already powerful product.

Toast Titanium already featured the ability to burn photo, video, music and data to CD and DVD. The new version includes pro audio features that will allow users to edit, arrange, and burn a gold master CD of their recorded music. Also music lovers will find an updated, more flexible cross-fade tool using a graphical waveform interface, a dithering feature that corrects for distortion, which can occur during audio file conversion, and new support for audio files with resolutions up to 24 bits. A robust online help system is new to the product as well.

And when it couldn't get any better, Toast with Jam also includes a version of the popular audio program Peak LE from BIAS. Audio professionals and music lovers will find Toast with Jam an absolute must have. Plus it has a cute name.

Toast with Jam is built for Mac® OS X and also supports Mac® OS 9 users. ... Read more


47. Logic Pro 6
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0001FYRQ2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 6145
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Features

  • Comprehensive set of music creation tools
  • Combines composition, notation, and audio production facilities
  • Total-recall mixing and automation; plug-in processing
  • Hundreds of customizable key commands
  • Ideal for film, TV, and video post-production facilities

48. Auralia 2 for Macintosh

our price: $119.00
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Asin: B0001XDVV6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 5117
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Features

  • Comprehensive software for ear training and aural tests
  • Hundreds of interactive lessons in 26 topic areas
  • Provides instant feedback; monitors student progress
  • Play or sing answers using a MIDI keyboard or microphone
  • Saves hours of preparation time; suitable for all ages and levels

49. MediaEdit Pro (Mac)
list price: $79.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B0000DG7FI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: macXware
Sales Rank: 2532
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • A premier movie and graphic editing tool for adding stunning effects and transitions
  • Edit movies, audio, and images with ease; paint directly on video with familiar painting tools
  • Over 100 transitions and tons of cool effects and filters
  • Import and export with any digital video camera
  • Easy enough for beginners, robust enough for pros; QuickTime compatible

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Video Editing
Reviewing a program like Media Edit Pro is a tough slog. Not because of any shortcomings of the program but because it was completely different from what I expected. Perhaps a brief description of the review process is in order. What I review is stuff that interests me, and I'm interested in Movies. So when I saw a press release for Media Edit Pro I thought "Hey, Here's a movie editor more robust than iMovie but cheaper than Final Cut Express, that's something I'd like to try." A couple of e-mails later and I had a copy. I installed Media Edit Pro (which is growing tiresome to type so I'll truncate the title to MEP in future references) with no problems. then I downloaded and installed the update. Still a problem free experience. Found some footage to play with and fired up the program to give MEP it's first test run. Big Problem.

The problem wasn't with the program, it just wasn't what I was expecting. I expected a simple but more robust movie editing program, I was wrong. The program is called Media Edit Pro for a reason and the reason is that MEP is not just a movie editing program (one assumes the author put more thought in the title than I did when I read it) but a full fledged media editing program (hence the text). That means pretty much any media you care to mess with. I only care to mess with video stuff so I'm sticking to the video side, but from the little I know about audio and stills it seems that MEP would be quite capable in that department. Let's hit the easy stufff right now, MEP includes plenty of effects and transitions and you do have complete titling control. But there's more to MEP than being just a beefier copy of iMovie, much more.

Say you want to pull off the effect from the beginning of Saving Private Ryan/ Gladiator. You remember that extra violent fog-o-war feeling. You can't do it with iMovie, it's just not possible out of the box. It's no big trick with MEP. To be honest there's not a lot you can't do to video footage with MEP. You can do titles any way you wish, move the audio around, add a single frame or a thousand, paint. Paint? Did I say paint, let's look back... It appears I did say paint. Well that's okay because you can paint directly on your video using the painting tools. It's a more useful feature than you might think.This might have you wondering "If I can paint, does this mean I can apply other image editing techniques to my movie?" Wonder no longer, the answer is yes. You want to mask the video? No problem. You want to apply an effect to just a region of the movie (you know a specific selected area)? Again no problem. Think of it, you can add cool effects to just, say, half the visible video. People familiar with imaging editing programs will be able to go nutso crazy with the included tools and mere mortals like I can still have a pants load of fun.

How powerful is MEP? I don't know. I know it can handle anything I can throw at it but I only have limited video editing experience. Could a super slick director take MEP to it's limits? I would bet the answer is yes. At least I think they could, you see MEP also includes brush editor to make your own brushes. These aren't just static brushes, these are special cool movie brushes. Even more intriguingly MEP includes something called RBscript. This is well beyond my ability to use but I suspect that in the right hands it could be a very powerful tool. With the ability to script stuff I conclude that MEP is limited more by the user than the program.

The last question to ponder: what do I give up if I ditch iMove and start using MEP? Well, MEP does everything iMovie does as well as plenty of other neat stuff I haven't mentioned (for example: you can set the dimensions of the movie). MEP offers a great deal of creative control and for those of you who don't want to shell for Final Cut Express but need more than iMovie this is the best alternative I've run across. MEP is very powerful, very original and very very cool. In addition to all the aforementioned goodness MEP includes a printed manual (becoming a rarity, but helpful with a program as original as MEP) and a very cool sticker.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use! Nothing I've ever seen
This software is the greatest. I can edit frame by frame or edit entire movies. I love the paint on movie feature--great for rotoscoping! Like I said before, it is nothing I've seen before. ... Read more


50. HERCULES DJ Console - Portable DJ controller for Macintosh
list price: $295.00
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Asin: B00064SZH0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hercules
Sales Rank: 69686
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Product Description

DJ Console: A unique portable USB MP3/CD mixing controller! What if a company could bring the tactile aspect of vinyl DJing to the digital world?DJ Consoleis a revolutionary portable multichannel USB DJ controller for desktop/laptop Macs with no match in the worldwide market. This groundbreaking new MP3/CD interface gives DJs a great sense of control, providing the ultimate mixing experience with endless creative possibilities - opening up the field of DJing to a huge new audience. There?s never been such a powerful and complete DJ tool available with this ease of use. DJ Consoleis perfect for digital DJs and music fans right across the board: Aspiring or amateur home DJs can create their own real-time live music mixes and compilations with pro audio quality right on their desktop/laptop, perfecting their skills faster than with vinyl.MP3/digital music fans can enjoy smooth background music with professional-quality sound. MP3s have never sounded this good!Club DJs, FM/Internet radio DJs and DJs on a budget can now prepare their mixes faster and easier than ever before, going beyond the limitations of conventional turntables with additional features like looping, cueing, search functions and more. Users can access tens of thousands of their favorite digital tracks and find any title in seconds with no need to lug around hundreds of CDs or LPs.Fun, easy and ergonomic mixing/scratching dual tactile unit.DJs can now instantly locate, play, mix... ... Read more

Features

  • Package contents - DJ Console Mac + cover + shoulder strap, USB cable, 1 Installation CD-ROM with Traktor DJ Studio, Hercules DJ Console Edition, Printed installation guide + online manual for Traktor DJ Console Edition.
  • Mix, scratch and manipulate music in real time - AIFF, WAV, CD-audio, MP3 and MP4/AAC
  • Solid design with phosphorescent keys perfect for use under low-light conditions at parties
  • Tactile controls for vastly superior DJ mixing than with a computer keyboard
  • Powered through USB connector port - No external power needed

51. E-Jay Mix (Mac)

our price: $37.99
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Asin: B00011CRS6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Feral Interactive
Sales Rank: 5088
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Features

  • Perform live Techno scratching as your mix grooves
  • It works and sounds just like the real thing, only you control it in real time with the Mouse
  • Create Professional sounding Techno mixes by dragging Audio loops, samples and sound effects into the 8-track sequencer
  • Includes over 3,000 professionally recorded audio samples to get you started
  • Create your own audio samples in the Digital Recording studio, then add them to your mixes

52. Teach Yourself to Play Guitar Deluxe
list price: $29.99
our price: $22.99
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Asin: B00018AUB0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Sales Rank: 2478
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Features

  • Beginners of all ages will learn the essentials of the guitar, and begin playing in no time
  • Easy-to-follow lessons introduce reading guitar tablatures
  • Learn all the chords and scales, and some cool licks for acoustic or electric guitars
  • Several different types of guitar playing are introduced, from country picking to Spanish flamenco
  • Multiple exercises reinforce skills, as you play along with the on-screen lessons

53. Logic Express 7 Upgrade from Logic Express 6
list price: $99.99
our price: $87.99
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Asin: B00066M0UG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2112
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54. Final Cut Express
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B000087Z1G
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2151
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

For all the budding Spielbergs and Lynches out there, Apple’s Final Cut Express is a great first foray into the world of movie magic. Even if you’re only looking to polish up your vacation videos, Final Cut Express offers easy-to-use controls and an open workspace that welcomes all abilities.

In a nutshell, Final Cut Express is a pared-down version of the popular Final Cut. The technology behind both packages is the same, so you can count on high quality output. But you, as the average user, won’t be burdened by the more technically robust features. In fact, while we were editing, we couldn’t think of a feature that we wished was included in Final Cut Express--this package allowed for plenty of different ways to modify your video, including audio effects, filters (like sepia, black and white, opacity, brightness, color control), and transitions (such as fade, wipe, and so on).

We started by viewing Apple’s online help videos to learn the lingo of compositing, transitions, and ripples and rolls. These serve as an invaluable introduction to the package, especially since the package does not include a Help menu.

Setting up Final Cut Express is a breeze, with or without a camera in place. And getting going is easy too. If you’re familiar with other software packages that use layers, you’ll easily transition into the layers (both audio and video) that Final Cut Express uses. If not, it’s easy to learn. You can layer up to 99 clips of video together in the timeline to get just the right effect. Our favorite feature of Final Cut Express is the ability to import not only still images and a range of video, but also Photoshop documents. When importing files from Photoshop, Final Cut Express retains all of the layers, meaning you can animate your presentation’s titles and graphical elements easily. The package’s animation capabilities let you really get some creative results out of your project: you can create an audio-accompanied slideshow, animate your title work, or even create a picture-in-picture effect, just to name a few. --Emilie Herbst ... Read more

Features

  • This powerful, flexible Digital Video (DV) features a complete toolset for editing, compositing and real-time effects
  • Create your own digital film sequences by inserting, overwriting, or replacing clips -- drag them directly into the canvas or timeline
  • Precision tools and techniques allow you to work wonders -- use tools like slip, slide, ripple, roll, split and extend
  • Draw from a library of hundreds of different special effects- transitions, filters and effects, all rendered in real-time
  • Integrated titling creates flowing text effects across the screen, with filters, effects and compositing

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally updated -- addendum to my previous review
Okay, Apple finally updated FCE, and after downloading the patch, FCE now will do what it is supposed to do without crashing. A few of the controls still are not quite up to the "pro" standard -- which is mildly annoying, given that the promotion for the software was that it was "just like Final Cut Pro except that you are limited to DV editing." However, it is now more than adequate for even advanced amateurs and its compositing and slow-motion capability are outstanding. 99% of users will never push it as far as I do, and I recently did an 8-layer composite with greenscreen, three layers of pyro effects, filters and motion on every layer and slow-motion applied. Came out great and didn't crash once. I only wish they had updated it earlier.

2-0 out of 5 stars I had real problems
Okay, maybe I'm pushing the limits of Final Cut Express doing 5-layer composites, but I routinely crash the program so badly on my 800mhz iMac that the program actually won't boot again until I throw away the User Preferences file. It also crashes if I try to adjust "Brightness and Contrast" and export the file as an AVI. Be warned -- it's better than iMovie but it does NOT have all the features of Final Cut Pro -- not even close. The motion commands are crippled and the software itself has yet to be updated, which indicates that Apple isn't making this a priority. I've tested FCP and found it has none of these problems, so I expect I'll have to upgrade.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great intro into pro editing...
Believe it or not I purchased FCP 3.0 a year ago as well as several books and cdRom based tutorials, but never really caught on to Apple's way of editing. The migration I made over from PC based Media Studio pro and Rex Edit proved difficult for me. That said I recently purchased a new PowerBook and took advantage of a $99 promotional buy of FCE. With nothing to lose I have found the intro to Fianl Cut Pro within Final Cut Express very encouraging.

This software along with PeachPit Press's Final Cut Express Quick Start have proven to be a great combination and easily understandable introduction to a very Pro based Tool. And, don't just look at FCE as a temporary editing solution until you spend the $1000 for FCP4, but even as a full featured set editing app all by itself.

With the exception of Studio's and individuals requiring professional level editng and capabilities intended for commercial and theatrical releases etc... FCE should prove to be money well spent at either$299, $249 and for sure $99
dollars!

NEF

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This is a great software if u are inbetween iMovie and Final Cut Pro but you are worried about price. Great title and effects editing. Overall a smart purchase for a smart product

4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, intuitive, and easy to get started
I bought a copy of Final Cut Express to edit a short film that I had shot on MiniDV. My previous experience was with Adobe's Premiere which I used without any formal training to my unfortunate frustration. These are some of my observations after finishing my first rough cut with Final Cut Express.

Final Cut Express 1.0.0 had a scary "unexpectedly quit" error that had me simultaneously sweating and squirming. There's a temporary work-around and it's fixable with a downloaded patch (1.0.1) from the Apple Support website.

Rendering clips happened quickly enough on my 700MHz G3 iBook.

I've found Final Cut Express to be very easy to use and control. The controls are simple to use and understand. The main thing is that, unlike with Premiere, I didn't become immediately frustrated with it. I'm positive that Premiere was simply "too professional" a package for me to handle. I'm sure that on the right system and with the right training it is an excellent product. For me right now, I just need a step up from iMovie.

According to the manual all the controls and instructions are applicable to the Final Cut Pro interface. Final Cut Express appears to be a good training ground for those who eventually will migrate to the Final Cut Pro. The documentation also says that Final Cut Express projects can be opened in Final Cut Pro, though Final Cut Express cannot open Final Cut Pro projects.

I still haven't scratched the surface of the capabilities of the package. The manual on the CD-ROM is a 600+ page .pdf file that covers not only the technical procedures for performing video and audio tasks, but also provides some advice and hints that you should keep in mind during shooting to make the post-production steps easier. ... Read more


55. Pinnacle Studio QuickStart
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0007VNS92
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 7263
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Features

  • Start editing your home movies with this simple software.
  • Transfer video from your camcorder to your computer, pick a music track, choose a preset movie style and the software instantly creates a movie for you.
  • Fix your old video tapes by improving washed-out colors, restoring old analog tapes or stabilizing shaky picture frames.
  • Create a special CD or DVD to preserve your family's memories with a compilation of your favorite moments.
  • Burn your finished projects on Video CD or DVD and watch on your PC or on TV.

56. Instant Play Guitar Deluxe (6 CD Set)
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Asin: B00032IYDU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1152
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57. Dragon Burn 4.0 (Mac)

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Asin: B0006VGZD4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Newtech Infosystems
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Features

  • MP3 Files from CDDA, AIFF, or WAVE files to create MP3 CDs
  • Fully supports ISO 9660 MS-DOS and Joliet, HFS (Mac OS) and HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) file systems
  • Users can burn layouts to a disc or save them as a complete disc image file
  • Automatic Smart Decision selects the best writing method for specific layout, interface, drive and media
  • Supports track-at-once, session-at-once, disc-at-once writing

58. Apple Final Cut Pro 4.1
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B000095SBY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 4240
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Despite the Hype, FCP 4 is a Step Down for Many Power Users
Unfortunately, several time-saving, creativity-enhancing features that I was accoustomed to in FCP 3 were removed for FCP 4. Functional draft renders, my favorite (albeit flawed) feature from FCP 3 no longer exist. This is quite an area of debate, but experienced editors should see why the new (largely useless) rendering system is far inferior to the previous one. The life-saving Shift-F function is also gone, the new "automatic" capturing system makes file management horribly inconvenient, and the online help file has been replaced with a cumbersome .pdf document. Support for Adobe Photoshop files is still poorly implemented. The bundled LiveType program is also much more awkward to use than one might expect from how it's been marketed. (LiveType is not an integrated extension of FCP, but a completely separate--and SLOW--application.) At this point, I feel I am a less efficient editor for having made this upgrade. Why Apple could not build on what they had instead of dropping helpful features is beyond me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Regardless of what you hear...
I have been editing for 20 years. FCP on a Dual 2.0 Ghz G5 is the best editing solution for the money I have ever seen. It blows away the $75k+ systems that I have used for less than a tenth of the price. FCP at less than $1,000 and a G5 at $$$$$$$ is all you need other than a camera. You can make broadcast quality video with this simple setup. $$$$$$$ for computer and software plus $$$$$$ for a camera that will hold up to a $$$$$$$Betacam... give me a break!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Don¿t waste your money
Apple is quickly loosing market share to Avid and vegas ,and this is a quickly produced solution. Final cut follows with the standard Apple policy of falling several years behind the competition and then jumping 6 months ahead only to fall behind with no upgrades for years. After spending several weeks using this program I have gone back to Avid

My recommendation is to stay away from final cut and all apple products. For the same price as this you could buy a PC and Vegas 4.0

3-0 out of 5 stars Sorry but it's got more bugs than FCP 3.04
It's true, it has more new features and is a world beater as
far as other editing apps BUT FCP 3.0 is still the biggest
bang for buck simply because it has fewer bugs. While I
believe FCP 4.0 is probably two to three thousand dollars
worth of software combined in one package....it still needs
work. If you are running anything lower than OS X 10.2.5
you will also need to upgrade the OS and Quicktime as well.
My advice is: if you do not own FCP 3.0 then go ahead and
purchase FCP 4.0 because you'll be able to upgrade as soon
as Apple puts out 4.x etc. If you have FCP 3.0 then you might
want to wait until 4.x hits the shelves (assuming it does as
opposed to being a download). As an active editor I am forced
to wait rather than causing a lot of back-ups to safeguard
client's files. Regardless of all this, FCP is still King of Cuts.
For more information cruise the FCP forums and discussion
lists.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THE BEST
Final cut pro 4.0 adds a lot of useful features that the version 3 didnt have. This includes soundtrack (create ur own music for royalty free use) and a new title maker that adds animations to your titles. With this a new compression program to make your movies for DVD and a lot of bug fixes from version 3, why would u want any other editing program. I know $1000 sounds a lot, but if you have the cash, this program is better than anything else, that includes those $15,000+ editing workstations as well. Simply put= THE BEST MONEY CAN BUY ... Read more


59. Final Cut Pro 3.0
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B00005TRYQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 2436
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Final Cut Pro 3.0 is professional, nonlinear editing software that lets you work in a range of professional editing formats--from digital video to Standard Definition and High Definition--within the same application. Final Cut Pro 3.0 also allows you to work in different modes, such as editing, effects, and trimming modes. With its G4 real-time effects, you won't need PCI hardware to preview transitions and effects in real time. And now it's available for Apple's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X.

Final Cut Pro 3.0 features a new voice-over tool that works with the microphone built into your PowerBook G4, so you can capture audio directly to the timeline for quick scratch tracks and voice-over work right in the field. You also get a new set of color-correction tools--including primary and secondary color correctors, range checking, zebra-stripe overlays, and waveform and vectorscope monitors--as well as precise controls to ensure broadcast-legal video levels.

Final Cut Pro 3.0 includes the new Autosave Vault, which saves and time-stamps projects at intervals you specify--allowing you to easily return to previous stages of your project. Plus, Final Cut Pro 3.0 features productive editing tools in a mode-free interface that provides three-point editing, JKL keyboard navigation, match frame, extend and split edit functions, multiple and nested timeline project support, and timecode overlays. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars If you aren't Copalla, you may be in over your head
Although this program has an astounding number of features, it also has an astoundingly high learning curve. Unless you are planning on shooting an actuall short or full length film, it is too much software. It is definitely not for the amature weekend videographer, and is best left for the pros. I use it only because my job requires it (courtroom tech support). Final Cut Express is somewhere between iMovie and FCP, and one fourth of the cost. Check out the reviews for that product. It is far less hassle and has almost as many features and capabilities.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for people with unlimited budgets who like Macs
Widely recognized as one of the best professional video editing programs currently available, but at [$$$] for the software and several thousand for the Mac-only hardware required to run it to full potential it's not even an option for most computer users. Meanwhile, there is an increasingly dizzying array of powerful and affordable editing solutions available for Windows-based PCs, so unless you already have a Mac it would make sense to investigate those options before considering FCP. For example, check out the latest offerings from Ulead, Vegas Video, Pinnacle, Matrox, Avid and Canopus before concluding that FCP is the only game in town. Personally I use the Canopus DVStorm2 and have found it to be an amazing tool; I had a chance to play with FCP and didn't see a compelling reason to switch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lost for words...
This software, in one word, is AMAZING.
I spent many hours using iMovie, and wanted to do more interesting things with my movies. I decided to buy Final Cut Pro 3, and I fell in love with it. I can layer tracks on top of tracks, slice tracks in to parts, create sophisticated transitions and effects, etc...

With a Mac, Final Cut Pro 3, and a DV camera, you can really make your own movie, literally... All this costs the consumer around three grand, this is a steal.

The possibilities are endless, let's say you want to transform a person's face, maybe blur it out, or highlight it, you can do this with FCP, and it is easy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse in a package
For a grand you get an editing system that works, an effects compositor which is absolutley *great* for DV material and can also hold its own with After effects once you upgrade the hardware. Incredible growth tool. I've used it for three years and I'm *still* learning cool things about it.

This was the tool that inspired the very first Final Cut Pro KeyGuide™ -- now bundled with Tom Wolsky's Final Cut Pro 3 Editing Workshop, available here on Amazon. Get this, get that, and get a going career!

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Well Done
I use this software in my school for a Video Production class. It is amazingly easy to use, yet creates amazingly complex and well made films. I wouldn't recommend trying to use it on an I-mac though. I would suggest using a G4 to properly use this software. There are a few minor faults in the editing area. For one thing it is almost impossible to input extra footage into an almost finished video. Nevertheless, it is a great program. The effects are amazing. If you don't have a digital camera to use with your computer you will need to get a VCR and a converter. If you have the cash to buy this software and have some fun with it I would definitely suggest getting it. ... Read more


60. iLife 1.1
list price: $49.00
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Asin: B0000A2I0D
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 3343
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Create your own music mixes with iTunes 4 -- the powerful software for instant access to a world of music
  • iPhoto 2 turns your ordinary pictures into great works of art -- correct color, remove blemishes and add music to your homemade photo albums
  • iMovie 3 lets you add 8 powerful new video effects and 35 new titles -- pan and zoom with still photos for more impressive home movies
  • iDVD 3 makes it possible to create fantastic-looking DVDs at home, complete with stunning Hollywood-style DVD menus, plus 24 new themes and chapters
  • Apple SuperDrive required for iDVD

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Old version!
iLife '04 has replaced this product. Do not order iLife 1.1, order iLife '04.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most fun I've had with a computer in 2 years
Truly, what this makes easy is amazing. Photo albums and do-it-yourself coffee table books, movies, DVDs, music and more.

If you have any older i-___ apps, upgrade now to iLife. It fixes bugs and problems that formerly required work arounds...like now you can adjust the volume in movie tracks...it's elegant and so useful.

But the big advance in iLife is that it the formerly disparate media types now all work together. Laying music tracks into my home movies is a snap. The Ken Burns effect puts photos into movies with style and beauty. Then it all flows into iDVD.

We have friends who hire a computer maven to manage and edit their photos and camcorder video. I just gave them a photo book I made in iPhoto of the wife's 50th birthday party. It earned her thanks and praise. And her computer guru had never seen something so nice. It was easy and fun.

OK, it has some bugs and hangs occassionally...but crashes have never lost any of my data. Just force quit and restart the app and you're rolling again.

But it makes it easy and fun for us non-techies to make beautiful results.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not even Microsoft has stooped this low!
I am a film student trying to get some work done and what do I discover? Those lovely, FREE updates to iTunes, iPhoto and iMovie (included in this software) make it so that if you want to export from iMovie to iDVD, you have to upgrade iDVD. Now guess what the only way you can accomplish that is! By buying this software package. So, you get to spend your fifty bucks on one piece of software and the upgrades for the other 3 that are available for FREE from Apple. So basically, they screw you into buying iLife to complete the upgrade. Seriously, Microsoft isn't so underhanded!!! Shame on you, Apple!!! ... Read more


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