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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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14-inch 2021 Laptop Guide: The Top Picks for Your Next Laptop in the UAE

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For a long time, the majority of laptops fell into one of three camps. There were 13-inch laptops meant for portability, 17-inch laptops for people who needed large displays, and 15-inch laptops for everyone else! Nevertheless, every now and then some brands would buck the trend with a 14-inch laptop, which provides the portability of an ultra-slim machine with enough screen space to be productive.

Whether you are looking for a laptop for gaming or a creative workstation for content creation or simply an everyday laptop for this back-to-school season, one of the first things you would consider is price and the best possible features. Ideally, the top 14-inch laptops should be packing serious internals and hardware ranging from quality processors to amazing graphic cards while still keeping things nice with a minimalist, thin, and light design, and would not break the bank either. Here, we have rounded up some of the top 2021 14-inch laptops that you could get your hands on in the UAE.

HUAWEI MateBook 14

Specifications:
Display: 14-inch 2K eye-comfort FullView display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i5/i7
Battery and charging speed: 56Wh large battery + 65W SuperCharge
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.49kg Aluminium Alloy
Size: 307.5mm ×223.8mm ×15.9mm

Huawei’s latest all-rounded sleek laptop features a 2K eye-comfort FullView display with a resolution of 2160-by-1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 185 pixels per inch (ppi), and with support for 100 percent of the sRGB colour space, 1500:1 contrast ratio and peak brightness of 300 nits. In terms of performance and workload, this 2K all-rounded laptop does not disappoint. The 11th Gen Intel Core Processor powers the HUAWEI MateBook 14 for heavy computing and getting work done smoothly.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 falls under the range of Super Device Products, which Huawei recently launched. This laptop can connect wirelessly with compatible tablets like the all-new 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro and with monitors like the HUAWEI MateView via a USB-C cable providing you with futuristic multi-device collaboration and cross-device file sharing with simple drag and drop between the trio.

The new HUAWEI MateBook 14 Leverages the distributed capabilities of the Super Device to boost productivity and creativity. You can wirelessly project the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad pro to the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to enjoy the new features of the Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration that come with three modes; Mirror, Extend, and Collaborate. Based on Huawei’s distributed technologies, Multi-screen Collaboration features help bridge the gap between Windows and Android operating systems at the ground level, enabling seamless cross-device collaboration, file sharing, and multi-screen control.

Under Multi-screen Collaboration, the recently launched HUAWEI nova 8 can be connected with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to form a powerful Super Device. Once connected, the laptop can access mobile files, and open up to three folders while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.

Moreover, you can connect the laptop with the HUAWEI MateView via cable to have an extra screen providing you with an immersive viewing space while also wirelessly projecting the screen of the 12.6inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro onto the HUAWEI MateBook 14. The benefit of having this trio set up is the easy swapping of wireless and wired connections which lets you easily switch between work mode and personal mode.

Besides aesthetically pleasing designs and high performance, battery life is also an essential part of the user experience. The 56Wh high capacity battery in the HUAWEI MateBook 14 works together with Huawei’s smart power management solution to maximise battery life. The versatile in-box 65W USB Type-C power adaptor supports multiple power output standards for not only fast notebook charging, but also HUAWEI SuperCharge when connected to compatible Huawei smartphones. Moreover, when needed, Power off Reverse Charging enables the new 14-inch notebook to act as an emergency power bank for charging other devices.

HP Pavilion 14-DW1002NE

Specifications:
Display: 14-inch display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i7
Battery and charging speed: 40Wh Battery + 45W Express Charge RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.72Kg Metal Body
Size: 324.30mmx 222.80mmx 18.94mm

HP’s Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne comes with a 14-inch touch-screen display with a screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. You get to see more content with 178° wide-viewing angles and a vibrant picture. In addition, with touchscreen technology, you can control your PC right from the screen.

The HP Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne is fitted with the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for getting things done fast with good performance and stable connectivity. Battery life and charging speeds are key factors when deciding the top laptops available in the market. HP’s Pavilion 14-DW1002NE comes with a 40Wh battery which lasts long.

Meanwhile, the 45W HP’s Express Charge can provide users with 50% bbattery power in approximately 45 minutes. In terms of computing and processing convenience, this laptop comes fitted with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage (SSD) for sleek multitasking. This combination is ideal for running several programs smoothly.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05

Specifications:
Display: 14-inch touch-screen
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i7
Battery and charging speed: 60.7WhBattery + 65WExpress Charge
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 1.36Kg Metal Body
Size: 320.6mm x 208.18mm x 14.9mm

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 comes with a 14-inches touch-enabled display with an FHD+ screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. Edged with razor-thin bezels, the 14-inches display offers stunning clarity, colour, and detail, and 300 nits of brightness. Optimised with machine-learning technologies, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 offers ultra-responsive, intuitive performance in a remarkably thin and light laptop.

When fully charged, Lenovo claims the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 will run all day—for up to 14 hours. In addition, when you need a boost, switch to Intelligent Cooling mode, which is co-engineered with Intel, for an extra 15-20% battery life. Alternatively, there is Rapid Charge Pro, which gets you back to 80% capacity within an hour. The 60.7Wh battery can be charged up to 50 percent in 30 minutes with standby mode or while powered off.

Moreover, with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB internal memory storage you are guaranteed smooth computing and multitasking regardless of the workload. There are many 14-inch laptops in the UAE market covering a gamut of budgets and use cases. While some can be happy with a system good enough for web surfing, others need a laptop that can handle tasks that are more intensive.

So there you are! The top picks for 14-inch laptops in UAE for 2021. Take your pick.

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Video: Here’s How to Use HUAWEI’s Super Devices to Setup a Smart Office

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Technology has evolved in many ways and over the years we have seen how innovative gadgets have become. From smartphones, laptops, and smartwatches, these devices are now part of our daily lives. The past year has also shown us that work isn’t just situated in one place and that contributing factors mean that offices should now be smarter than ever before.

Having multiple devices can be overwhelming and shuffling from one device to another doesn’t always translate to a seamless experience. What if there was a solution that allows different types of devices to connect and collaborate so it can give you a convenient, smooth, and secure multi-device experience – something like a Smart Office experience?

In this video, we show you how to set up your very own Smart Office, using HUAWEI’s Super Devices such as the HUAWEI MatePad Pro with 2nd Gen the HUAWEI M-Pencil, the HUAWEI MateView, and the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro:

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What Do We Know So Far About HarmonyOS, Huawei’s Open-Source Operating System?

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With Huawei about to make a major announcement about the future of HarmonyOS, this seems like a good time to take stock of the story so far.

On August 9, 2019, Huawei announced that it had been working on a new operating system called HarmonyOS. During his speech, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer BG, spoke about Huawei’s intention to launch several products running this new OS, and promised that HarmonyOS would be open source.

HarmonyOS will support different types of devices, ranging from household appliances such as range hoods, air conditioners, and water purifiers, to wearable devices, mobile phones, smart cars, computers, and TVs. After more than a year’s iterative update to the OS by Huawei R&D department, the first product running on HarmonyOS 2.0 — the Huawei Vision TV — was launched on September 10, 2020. Two months after that, Huawei made a beta version for phones available to developers.

In terms of the UI, Android users will likely find HarmonyOS familiar and intuitive. They will be able to do the things they are accustomed to doing with their phones in more or less the same way they always have. However, what makes HarmonyOS interesting is the new capabilities it will bring.

With the rapid development of 5G and AI technologies, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is beginning to take shape. However, the IoT market still suffers from fragmentation. Huawei is presenting HarmonyOS as an operating system for the IoE. It allows different devices to connect and share their capabilities with each other.

We know that the moment it appears on phones, HarmonyOS will already be compatible with millions of existing apps. Developers have two major incentives to adapt their Android apps for HarmonyOS. First and foremost, Huawei already has a user base of hundreds of millions of mobile phone users, and many of those users will be able to upgrade to HarmonyOS on their current Huawei phone.

If Huawei’s user base alone is not enough to attract developers, Huawei has also invested $1 billion in Shining Star, a program that offers financial incentives to developers who adapt their apps to run on HarmonyOS. Both the hardware and software end of HarmonyOS is characterized by openness.

In addition to opening up the source code to app developers, Huawei has also invited third-party manufacturers to create HarmonyOS-compatible hardware. Currently, more than 300 app developers and more than 20 hardware vendors have participated in the construction of HarmonyOS ecosystem.

In a recent interview, Wang Chenglu, President of Software Engineering Dept of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said that he expected HarmonyOS to be running on 300 million individual devices in 2021. In a different interview in December 2020, he spoke about how Huawei is trying to reduce the workload for developers who choose to adapt their apps for HarmonyOS.

“Developers often spend a lot of time and effort on developing apps for devices in different sizes and different interaction modes. HarmonyOS, however, encapsulates complex operations of different devices into APIs, which developers can use directly. This means developers only need to focus on app development, since UI adaptation will be done automatically by HarmonyOS,” Chenglu added.

Huawei says that HarmonyOS has received strong support from ecosystem partners and developers. “In the future, more ecosystem partners will apply HarmonyOS to ever-increasing variety of devices and innovative apps, making Huawei’s vision of a Seamless AI Life a reality,” the company says.

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