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Final Cut Pro vs iMovie: Which One to Choose?

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Written by Andrew Childress

Even if you don’t frequently edit feature-length films, it helps to have an app that you know well enough for that occasional video edit. 

There are plenty of video editing apps out there. Two of the most popular for macOS users are iMovie and Final Cut Pro X (FCPX.) While iMovie caters to more casual video editors, FCPX aims to let you do more complex projects, while still being user-friendly.

If you’re thinking of splurging on an FCPX license, you might be wondering if iMovie can take its place. At a free price point and with mobile apps, iMovie might be enough for some hobbyist video editors. In this tutorial, we’re going to compare and size up iMovie and FCPX. You’ll learn which one might be the right choice for you, and if you can skip the costly (but powerful) FCPX license.

Why You Might Choose iMovie Over FCPX?

Creative software has always been a top priority for Apple’s software development teams, and iMovie is no exception. It’s a perfectly capable video editing app at a price that you can’t beat (free.) 

You can grab iMovie from the App Store on either macOS or iOS (more on the mobile apps in a minute.) As you open it up, the interface will look familiar if you’ve used practically any video editing app. There’s a panel to drop your clips into the app, and a timeline at the bottom of the interface to sequence clips.

In addition to sequencing your clips, you can adjust the look and feel of your footage easily with the corrections panel. That might include simple tweaks like saturation, white balance, and exposure. It doesn’t include in-depth adjustment tools like scopes, but it’s good enough for most footage.

Another reason to consider iMovie as your primary platform is that it has a robust iOS app. Whether you’re editing on an iPhone or iPad, you can continue your edit on the go. Again, it doesn’t have every feature that you need, but it likely has enough for most edits. 

iMovie is more than good enough for compositing clips together, chaining them into the proper order and applying minor corrections and tweaks. If that’s what your video editing needs consist of, it’s likely that iMovie could be the right platform for you.

Why You Might Choose Final Cut Pro X?

It’s no secret that Final Cut Pro X has long been a mainstay in semi-pro and small-budget professional video edits. More than a few FCPX projects have made their way onto the silverscreen. That’s proof-positive that FCPX has a place in the workflow of many professionals.

Final Cut Pro X has every tool a video editor needs. That includes advanced features like color grading, multi-camera support, and an amazing Ken Burns pan effect that makes it perfect for producing your voice-over video. 

If you want a platform that you can grow with, consider learning FCPX. It’s more work to start in, but, with a bit of knowledge, you can quickly grow into a professional video editor. It’s really all about what your aspirations are as a creative; aspiring pros should learn a tool that they can grow with, while iMovie is enough for the occasional editor.

Even though FCPX is more sophisticated and seen as “professional,” Apple has been updating it in recent years to cater more to the mid-market, serious hobbyist crowd. (In fact, that has often been to the chagrin of the seasoned professional.)

Another reason that you might turn to FCPX is that it works nicely with Apple’s animation tool, Motion. Most editing apps like FCPX or Premiere are good for basic animations, but Motion can extend the functionality to professional motion graphics and 3D renders, and it ties in beautifully with FCPX.

Other Video Editing Apps Worth Considering

Many macOS users will weigh the two apps that we highlighted in this article as their key choices, but they aren’t the only way to edit your video on macOS.

Adobe Premiere

If there was one video editing platform that benefited from pros switching away from FCPX, it’s undoubtedly Adobe Premiere. Given that Adobe’s flagship video editing platform works on both Windows and macOS, it attracts users that work on both operating systems. Much like Final Cut Pro X, Premiere also features a learning curve that requires mastery before you can use the app effectively.

Adobe Premiere Rush

Adobe Premiere Rush (or just “Rush” for short) is a more lightweight version of Adobe’s flagship video editing platform. It came on the scene in 2018 and features a trimmed down interface that’s clearly targeted at YouTubers and other influencers.

Rush is Adobe’s answer to iMovie. It has enough robustness to edit together a video project, but without all of the tools that can add unnecessary complexity. It also has some pretty solid mobile apps that help you keep editing on the go.

DaVinci Resolve

Maybe the best combination of cost (free) and robustness is DaVinci Resolve. It’s truly amazing that there are so many features and tools inside a no-cost platform. Resolve quickly gained favor with editors for its powerful color correction and adjustment tools. However, much like FCPX, there is a learning curve to take on.

Each of these apps has their pluses and minuses. I recommend learning at least one of them so that you don’t get caught off-guard when you need to edit a video project. It’s an important skill to have in your creative toolkit and can round out your skillset.

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What Makes the TCL C735 Better Than TCL’s 2021 Gaming TV?

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TCL makes some of the most beautiful 4K TVs you can buy right now in the market. In recent years, its line of QLED TVs offer a wide range of features that focus on gaming-related technologies such as better contrast ratio, brighter backlighting, and higher refresh rates. Here then is a quick breakdown of the differences between the TCL’s 2021 model C728 and the company’s latest C735 QLED 4K Google TV.

Design and Build Quality
The design of the TCL C735 has been refined when compared with its predecessor, the TCL C728. The 2022 edition now comes with a brand new stand design that is very easy to install and the overall setup looks neat and clean to adapt to any decor. The material used to construct both the televisions is metal, highlighting an almost bezel-less design and a 94.68% screen-to-body ratio, compared to the 94.21% screen-to-body ratio on the 2021 TCL C728.

Display Size and Specs
The TCL C735 is available in various display sizes such as 98-inches, 75-inches, 65-inches, and 55-inches. The 2021 model – the TCL C728 – is available in 75-inches, 65-inches, and 55-inches variants. With the 2022 lineup, you now have an option to go as large as 98-inches, and as they say, bigger is always better, when it comes to displays!

Both TVs offer a resolution of 3840-by-2160, an aspect ratio of 16:9, and a pixel density of 80-PPI. What has changed is the refresh rate. The 2022 model, TCL C735 offers a Variable Refresh Rate of 144HZ, which is usually associated with gaming displays.

Compare this to a mere 120Hz on the 2021 model, the TCL C728. With a higher and variable refresh rate, you get the benefit of going from 48Hz to as high as 144Hz when the on-screen content is demanding. This, in turn, offers faster responsiveness, sharper imagery, and smoother gameplay.

In terms of HDR and related tech, both the 2022 TCL C735 and the 2021 TCL C728 offer HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and Dolby Vision IQ. With Dolby Vision IQ, C735 enhances the demonstration of Dolby’s exclusive content by displaying a greater number of colours, increasing contrast, and boosting brightness levels.

The availability of HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision IQ, makes the C735 one of the fewest models in the market right now, that take advantage of both technologies to deliver an immersive viewing experience.

Adding to the cinema experience, the C735 also supports Dolby Atmos, which places sounds within multi-dimensional space and puts you in the middle of your f sport, TV, movie, or video game. The immersive audio experience can be found in the form of two 10W speakers in the lower right corner of the bezels.

User Interface
One of the enhancements implemented in the 2022 TCL C735 is the inclusion of Google TV which powers the overall on-screen experience in a fluid and intuitive manner. Compare this to the Android TV UI + TCL TV UI on the 2021 TCL C728. With Google TV, you get to use the Google ecosystem of apps through its Play Store, thus allowing you to install all your favourite apps onto the TV.

Apps include streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+, OSN, Zee5,… you name it. The TCL C735 also comes with TCL Game Master, which takes your gaming experience to a whole new level by unlocking advanced display and audio technology and smoother streaming capability.

In addition, the TCL Game Bar on the TCL C735 offers real-time display statistics, aiming aid, toolbox functions, and the quick setting dashboard for an ultimate gaming experience. This means, you can see the gaming parameters such as frame rate, HDR, and so on during the game, and quickly set the related parameters.

Price
The TCL C735 QLED 4K Google TV is a great television if you are on the market for a QLED TV for both entertainment and gaming. The 75’’ variant is now available at a price point of AED 6299 and the 98’’ variant from the XL collection at a price of AED 19999.

It offers stunning visual performance and good integration of electronics to offer more value for your money. The TCL C735 QLED 4K Google TV thus comes across as highly recommended.

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Entry-Level Smartphone Guide: The Powerful Star with Massive Display, HUAWEI nova Y90 is the Best Choice

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Today, most of our lives revolve around our smartphones. Be it for work, education, socializing, or entertainment, none of these will be easy without a proper smartphone. So, when it comes to getting a new smartphone most of us usually start by fixing a budget, and when you don’t want to break the bank, it mostly comes down to picking the best entry-level phone that boasts the most features. Huawei has set the bar really high when it comes to smartphones of all budgets: from premium flagships to entry-level ones, there’s a Huawei smartphone for everyone!

Huawei also made it possible for most users to access flagship-level features on entry-level models. And their latest entry-level smartphone HUAWEI nova Y90 does not disappoint. Because of the growing reliance on smartphones, everyone deserves to have a great smartphone without breaking the bank. Fortunately, Huawei has answered the demand for a high-quality entry-level smartphone with the HUAWEI nova Y90. So here is why we think it is the best phone you can get today in the UAE under AED 1000.

Enjoy a large vibrant display
Don’t let a small display limit what you can do with a smartphone. A large display opens up a world of possibilities. HUAWEI nova Y90 features a 6.7-inch HUAWEI Edgeless FullView Display that supports up to 90 Hz display refresh rate and 270 Hz touch sampling rate for a smooth user experience. Whether you want to read, watch movies, or play games on the phone, this display has got you covered. With ultra-narrow 1.05mm bezels surrounding the display and a staggering 94% screen-to-body ratio, the phone gives you the ultimate visual experience. To further enhance the experience, HUAWEI nova Y90’s screen supports features such as smooth screen dimming control, eye comfort mode, and e-book mode.

Charge it up fast with 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge
Sometimes a low battery notification might stand in the way of fun. But with HUAWEI nova Y90, filling up your battery is a matter of minutes with the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which is also stable and safe. It lets you enjoy 2.3 hours of gaming by plugging in the phone for just 10 minutes. Additionally, the phone has a battery health assistant function to intelligently detect the battery health status and remind the user to act in time. It also has implemented eight layers of fast charging protection, thirteen layers of charging protection, and a layer of USB port overheating protection, making charging fast, smart and safe.

A massive 5000mAh battery
Long battery life is always a good feature. Thankfully, HUAWEI nova Y90 inherits the long-lasting battery life of the HUAWEI nova Y series, equipped with a 5000mAh (typical value) large battery to satisfy all-day heavy use. Whether it’s travelling, watching dramas at home or playing games, HUAWEI nova Y90 provides a long-lasting battery life. So, stop worrying about the battery and enjoy your favourite dramas and games.

More space for your movies and games
With 128GB storage onboard, you can easily store up to 170 episodes of drama series, 12000 high-quality songs and over 60 HD movies on HUAWEI nova Y90. The phone can now easily store your favourite apps, games or anything that you need for work and study.

Express yourself with 50MP AI Triple Camera
It’s time to up your social media game with the powerful performance of HUAWEI nova Y90 High-Res 50MP Main Camera. To help you explore your creativity, it also has a 2MP Depth Camera and a 2MP Macro Camera. Also, you don’t have to let your beautiful moments pass by at night time without snapping a picture, thinking that there isn’t enough light. HUAWEI nova Y90 gives you outstanding night shooting capabilities thanks to its 50MP Main Camera.

The Super Night Mode function captures night shots that are bright and clear, delivering higher image quality with more details captured. Meanwhile, the HUAWEI nova Y90 features an AI Snapshot function, which can intelligently analyse the scene and perceive the amplitude of moving subjects and objects in front of the camera in real-time. The advanced algorithm adaptively adjusts the shutter speed and captures fast motion shots instantly. For all the aspiring vloggers out there, HUAWEI nova Y90 supports Continuous Front/Rear Recording for a seamless switch between the front and rear cameras. It also comes with a wide variety of built-in video templates to enable one-click video creation.

A whole new experience with HMS and favourite apps from AppGallery
The HUAWEI nova Y90 comes pre-installed with HMS (Huawei Mobile Services), which include Petal One and a variety of useful and premium services such as Petal Search, Petal Maps, HUAWEI Video, HUAWEI Browser, GameCenter, and more. It also comes pre-installed with HUAWEI AppGallery – the third largest app marketplace in the world, where you can download a wide selection of global and local apps.

Price and availability in the UAE

The new HUAWEI nova Y90 in Crystal Blue, Midnight Black and Emerald Green colourways will be available in the UAE from September 16th at a price of AED 799 with gifts worth of AED 332, including: complimentary subscriptions to HAUWEI Music, HUAWEI Video and HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, 12 Months Warranty Service and 1-year manufacture warranty service in GCC countries.

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Looking to Upgrade to a Flagship Tablet for This Back to School Season? Here are Five Reasons Why the HUAWEI Matepad Pro is Your Best Choice

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Even though smartphones and laptops help us in getting tasks done, we sometimes need something bigger and more capable than a smartphone but smaller and portable than a laptop. Enter the tablets: they are a great tool for accomplishing many tasks from light office work like responding to emails, making presentations, and so on. to entertainment ranging from drawing and sketching to playing games, watching movies, and much more.

The interesting thing about tablets is that they have become a must for families as everyone can use them for different purposes. Most of the time, it stands as the device that everyone in the household can use. If you are on the lookout for a new tablet In UAE for this back-to-school season, whether it is for your personal use or for your children for school, or just for the whole family, then we definitely recommend the new HUAWEI MatePad Pro as it stands as the all-round stylish and pro flagship tablet.

So here’s why it is our favourite:

Beautiful, eye-popping display
HUAWEI MatePad Pro comes with a rich and vibrant 11-inch OLED HUAWEI FullView Display. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 92% with 4.2 mm ultra-narrow bezels for an immersive viewing experience. It also supports a 120Hz refresh rate for a smoother visual experience and can display 1.07 billion colours.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro is, in fact, the first tablet to receive the TÜV Rheinland Full Care Display 3.0 certification and uses a hardware solution to lower blue light to protect your eyes. It also boasts the HUAWEI SOUND that makes use of a 6-speaker setup and high and low-frequency division design to support its Stereo Vibe and Ultra-Bass technology. Thanks to the magnesium alloy frame, it only weighs 449g making it the lightest 11-inch tablet on the market. Measuring just 5.9mm in thickness, it is incredibly thin, as well.

Take your productivity to the next level with new features
If you have the HUAWEI MatePad Pro, you don’t have to lug around your laptop for online meetings. You can have a PC-like Videoconferencing experience right from your tablet using the 16 MP HD front camera, which supports the FollowCam algorithm and AI noise cancellation feature for an ultimate video conferencing experience, perfect if you would like to use your tablet for your office video meetings and conferences.

You can also use the new detachable Smart Magnetic Keyboard with HUAWEI MatePad pro: it now supports three modes: laptop form, detachable form, and studio form. It also supports the new HUAWEI M-Pencil (2nd generation), which retains the excellent hardware capabilities of its predecessor while comprehensively upgrading its appearance, materials, and writing experience.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro allows you to access Huawei’s native apps in landscape mode. The Multi window has been upgraded to support one-tap interaction. When an app takes up the full screen, you now just need to slide your finger to the upper left corner to split the screen and slide to the upper right corner to bring up an App Bubble. Currently, you can run up to four concurrent tasks with Multi-window, including two split windows and two App Bubbles.

Super Device to help you handle multiple devices with ease
HUAWEI MatePad Pro supports Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration capabilities which come with three modes; Mirror Mode, Extend Mode, and Collaborate Mode. In Mirror Mode, the laptop’s screen is mirrored to the tablet display, allowing users to directly work on files and documents, or draw/sketch on their laptop with the stylus of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro just as professional designers would.

Then there is Extend Mode, which transforms the HUAWEI MatePad Pro into a second screen, providing extra screen space to display more content; great for online shopping, or when browsing the Internet. Additionally, the innovative Collaborate Mode enables cross-platform interactions, allowing users to transfer content such as text, images, and documents between connected devices with a simple drag and drop! Tearing down the boundaries that separate tablets, smartphones, and laptops, Multi-screen Collaboration enriches and elevates what you could possibly do with the new HUAWEI MatePad Pro and other connected devices.

The new Colour Capture feature allows you to select and apply colours across different apps in any usage scenario, including Multi-window, App Multiplier, or small window. Colours on the collaborative phone can also be captured. After Multi-screen Collaboration is established between a phone and tablet, you can click and select a colour on a phone window and apply it to the tablet, improving the efficiency of cross-device working and creation.

The all-rounded tablet also supports seamless connectivity between Huawei tablet and smartphone thanks to Multi-Screen Collaboration. Multi-screen Collaboration enables simple drag-and-drop file transfers between smartphones and tablets. Peripheral sharing lets users type on the smartphone using the tablet’s keyboard and screen, play music saved on the smartphone with the tablet’s speakers and more. This solution also makes it possible for users to pick up calls or respond to text messages directly from the tablet, facilitating a seamless multi-device experience.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro also features a whopping 8300mAh ultra-large battery in its extremely thin and small form, making it possible for you to do 8.5 hours of web browsing and 11.5 hours of 1080p HD movie playing on a single charge. In short, if you are looking for a new tablet this back-to-school season, then the new HUAWEI MatePad Pro is the one for you. HUAWEI MatePad Pro is available on Huawei’s official website and across select retailers in the UAE, priced at AED 2,399 with free gifts up to AED 1199 including Keyboard and M-Pencil.

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