Skip navigation

MacBook Intel core duo: what Final Cut version?

1797 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2012 9:08 AM by Tom Wolsky RSS
lober84 Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Jan 19, 2012 2:49 PM

I have a MacBook 13" with 2Ghz intel core duo and 2 gb ddr2 sdram. What version of Final Cut should I install?


  • Zacharias Beckman Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jan 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.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,460 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jan 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.

  • Paul Cuciti Level 2 Level 2 (385 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jan 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.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jan 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.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.