Final Cut Pro VS. iMovie for NextGen Ministry

If you are blessed enough to have a Mac of some sort that you are able to use to create your ministry videos, this post is for you! If you are looking into Mac-based video editing, this post is also for you. If you happen to live on the other side of the landscape, use the Windows OS (or others) and are happy to stay there, this post is probably not for you. Either way, it’s your choice to read on or click away.

I make a lot of videos. Like a lot. For NextGen ministry, for the church at large, for para-ministries — you name it. Last June I was asked to do a job that iMovie just couldn’t handle, so I used Final Cut Pro’s 1-month free trial. The trial allows for complete access to the program and I fell in love. After that month was up, I made this upgrade a high priority. After the switch from iMovie 11 to Final Cut Pro, I don’t think I could ever go back. Here’s why:

  • Ease of Transition
    If you’ve been using iMovie, you are already comfortable with a certain style of editing, a certain interface. Because Final Cut Pro is made by the same people over at Apple, most of your editing habits will transfer. For me, the learning curve in upgrading was minimal.
  • Speed
    Compared to iMovie, Final Cut Pro is FAST! Editing is fast, rendering is fast. It opens faster than iMovie, and supplemental programs run more smoothly.
  • Options
    Final Cut Pro allows for much more specific video editing than iMovie. It equates to freedom. Freedom to be creative and develop your own style of editing.

Reasons I didn’t switch sooner:

  • “If It Ain’t Broke…”
    I was never really happy with iMovie 11. Ever. iMovie 10 was much more smooth and comfortable to work with, besides the fact that as iMovie progresses you get less component control over your video. But it worked. I’m the kind of guy that can’t get around an upgrade if the old version still works. When I was a Windows guy, I used Vista until it quit being supported, just to avoid paying for an upgrade. Speaking of paying for upgrades…
  • Cost
    At $300 this isn’t a cheap program. I could have dropped the dough on it sooner, but again, I hate paying for upgrades! After the 1-month free trial, I truly felt that this upgrade was essential to the furthering of my craft. Click HERE for more information on the Final Cut Pro trial.

Upgrades aren’t always necessary. But if you are in a NextGen ministry and make more than one video a month, I would suggest you seriously consider this one.


What upgrades do you suggest for Nextgen ministers? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment’s section. Seriously! We’re all in this together.