Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 4:47 PM (in response to lober84)
Well, for what it's worth: I have a 17" MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM and 3.06 Ghz processor (late 2009 model).
I cannot run FCPX very well. It consumes all available RAM and processing power, and generally starts to thrash after a while. I assume it is trying to use disk cache as if it was memory. Bottom line, any project longer than 5 minutes or thereabouts (shot in HD, by the way) FCPX seems to have problems with. I think FCPX is not yet ready for prime time, unless, perhaps, you have a Mac Pro with 64GB RAM. Maybe.
Caveats on this: I'm using Lion. Some people claim that Lion (10.7.2) makes FCPX unstable.
My personal opinion is that FCPX is simply unstable. It needs to evolve before you can use it for serious work. If what you need is a solid, bug-free application, go with FCP.
I've used FCP for quite some time and it is fantastic. I did not experience any crashing, lockups, or system "thrashing." Bottom line: I recommend FCP over FCPX, at least until Apple releases a few major updates to FCPX and we see where it is heading.
Also, there are some functional limits in FCPX that, in my opinion, make it a useless product. For instance, you cannot roundtrip part of your clip to Motion. Not at all. You have to export your entire clip to Motion, do your titling, special FX, etc., there, and then import the entire clip back in. That's so broken it's... well, it's... I'm speechless. Anyhow, if you want to do titling, special FX, even some advanced green screen work, you have to do it first to the raw clip, otherwise you end up trashing all of your timeline work.
FCP on the other hand has full round tripping, works great, makes it easy to do titling, etc. So, given the equipment you have and the current state of FCPX, I'd strongly recommend you get your hands on FCP. Give FCPX another year or two to mature.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 1:30 AM (in response to Zacharias Beckman)
Ok, thanks a lot. I understood almost everything. Just a question: what's FCP? What version?
I'm sorry but I'm not very expert...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 4:13 AM (in response to lober84)
FCP is Final Cut Pro.
If your MacBook only has a Core Duo processor you cannot use Final Cut Pro X as you need at least a Core 2 Duo which came later.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 6:17 AM (in response to lober84)
I just finished reading this thread:
There is more info there than I can summarize here.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 9:06 AM (in response to Paul Cuciti)
Maybe I didn't correctly explain my issue. I try again.
I have an OLD MacBook still working fine. I need to install an OLD version of FCP. What is the best version still working on my Mac? Anybody does know it?
I tried FCP7 but the installation software said i need 128MB of VRAM. My system has only 64MB.
I neighter know what the VRAM is...
Thank you all again
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 9:08 AM (in response to lober84)
You should take this question to the Final Cut Studio forum where you will find users of older versions of Final Cut. This is the Final Cut Pro X forum.