Final Cut Pro is the choice movie or tv show editing program for Mac users everywhere for a long time. It’s simply top of the line, but can we also use and download Final Cut Pro on Windows 8 for free?
After some research, I have found that this is still not possible to do in a safe way. Many sites may tout that they can and will prompt you to click a link to allow you to download Final Cut Pro on Windows 8 free, but many of these links are laced with viruses or simply do not work. It’s not worth ruining your hard drive and personal information.
If you don’t want to go out and buy a Mac, here are some fantastic options and serious alternatives to Final Cut Pro X that are available to PC users. Unfortunately, none of these are free. Quality costs money. So, just to be clear, Final Cut Pro X retails for about $300. Some of the best features include: Multicam, Multichannel Audio Editing, Inline Precision Editing, and Audition among others. How do these other alternative options to downloading Final Cut Pro on Windows 8 stack up?
1. Avid Media Composer
This alternative to the Final Cut Pro is available for use on Windows platforms and does many of the same things as Final Cut Pro X. One major standout is that Avid gives you the ability to license multiple users and devices so that you can operate the software and edit your videos on various devices without interruption. It also easily supports files made in FCPX and vice versa. One drawback is that, unlike Apple and Adobe, it does not yet support anything above HD formats like 2k and 4k, but with it’s many updates, surely this will change soon. The cost of the Avid Media Composer suite is $999 and works seamlessly on both Mac and Windows devices.
2. Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro is the other spectacular alternative to download Final Cut Pro on Windows. If you’re already familiar with other Adobe products like Photoshop, for instance, then this may be the software for you. The major tools in Premiere are very similar to FCPX, so using them should feel very similar to each other for the most part. It supports both Avid and FCPX files. One prime difference is that with the Creative Cloud (about $50/month), you gain access to all of Adobe’s wonderful and useful products. If you want to buy it upfront, CS6 will cost you in the ballpark of $1,800 for the full suite.
So, unfortunately, there isn’t a good way to download the legitimate Final Cut Pro X on Windows 8, free or not. It’s Apple’s way of keeping something of their own and making people buy a Mac, if they want that particular software. However, these that are presented are very good alternatives, and because they each work on both PC and Mac, in many ways, they can better appease your video editing wishes. Whether you go for Adobe or Avid, or even other awesome programs such as Sony’s Vegas video editor, you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth. But always make sure you stop here first to get some sense of the options available to you.
Hopefully, these options are useful in the wake of not being able to download Final Cut Pro on Windows 8 free or even for a price. Whatever you choose will be a great choice and is compatible with FCPX. Let us know what your thoughts are by leaving a comment in the box! Happy editing.