Want to be a film-maker, are a film-maker, documentary, feature, music video, etc... You name it.. you can do it in this. And... very importantly... it's the whole package. No need to get loads of other software packages to add to your NLE. Our humble opinion.. Yup Avid's good... but it's more expensive for the whole package than this, Adobe.. not quite as good (although the motion graphics part of Adobe's suite is very good). Vegas... cheaper.. not bad but doesn't compete at all with FCS3.
For an all round... I want to make films kit... this is incredibly difficult to beat. I switched computer platforms to Mac for FCP2... FCP3 is better still. Some real common sense improvements in the upgrade.. colour coding your markers in the NLE for example, plus the benefits of Apple Prores codecs help it run swiftly even at HD.
Consists of FCP7 (capture and editing suite), Motion graphics (special effects and graphic titles), Soundtrack Pro (audio mixing), Color (grading the color), Compressor (to make the film output files), and DVD Studio Pro (to author the film files to DVD, web, etc).
Fast enough learning curve to get going nice and quickly... loads of stuff to learn within the suite and keep you learning for ages. Much of the content on TV is made with this package... Plus a couple of big films.
Lots and lots of support and a good network of users forums to help you.