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Final Cut Express 4 with Lion OS X

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OnStage9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 18, 2012 11:41 AM

Will my Final Cut Express 4 software still work if I install Lion on my iMac?

iMac, 27" iMac 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3; 4GB
  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)
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    Feb 18, 2012 2:06 PM (in response to OnStage9)

    maybe yes, maybe no. some parts may work well, someparts may get screwy. no way to tell.

     

    If FCE's solid performance is a central issue, don't upgrade. If you can live with the potential of a screwed up program, go ahead.

     

    x

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    Feb 18, 2012 6:22 PM (in response to OnStage9)

    If you already have FCE installed on Snow Leopard, and then upgrade to Lion, you should be ok.  However, the operative words are "should be."   You may encounter gremlins with FCE running on Lion. 

     

    If you have Lion installed first, you will not be able to install FCE unless you get into some unsupported & undocumented workarounds.

     

    Note, FCE was discontinued last June and it is not supported on Lion.

  • gmatzde Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Feb 21, 2012 12:12 AM (in response to OnStage9)

    I had FCE 4.0.1 installed on Snow Leopard and did an upgrade to Lion afterwards. I haven't encountered any problems in running FCE 4 on my iMac 27". No "should bes" or "maybes" in my case, the program is doing its work just as before.

  • Mace Calculating status...
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    Mar 28, 2012 6:26 PM (in response to OnStage9)

    I am in the same boat... although your post is somewhat old. I installed Snow Leopard on another partition to boot into when I use FCE (I only use FCE once a month if that). That way, I know it will work with no shoulds and maybes.

     

    Mace

  • Pinc Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Mar 28, 2012 10:53 PM (in response to Mace)

    It would appear that most reports of Gremlins and Problems with running FCE on Lion are greatly exaggerated. I'm running FCE 3.5 without any hiccups on Lion.

     

    And my installtion path was not an upgrade from Snow-Leopard, but a brand new machine with Lion pre-installed and a migration from my previous Snow-Leopard machine.

     

    I'm not very fond of Lion in many ways, in fact some things are outright annoying, but FCE runs as well as on any previous platform.

     

     

    Bernd

  • Graham Giles Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jul 26, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to OnStage9)

    I am using FCE HD 4.0.1 with Lion (10.7.4) on a separate Thunderbolt drive and it works ok. However the speed is not as fast as before. All else seems to work.

    Can any of our resident experts express a view as to whether Mountain Lion will still work our lovely programme or affect it detrimentally.

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    Sep 11, 2012 1:05 PM (in response to Pinc)

    Bernd,

     

    How did you do the install on a new machine? I just got my new laptop and when I insert the disk is tells me that:

     

    "PowerPC applications are no longer supported."

     

    Or does anyone else know how to get around this?

     

    Thanks in Advance!

     

    --JJ

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,875 points)
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    Sep 11, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to PhotoJason)

    Try the Escape key.

    Fingers crossed.

     

    Al

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,875 points)
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    Sep 11, 2012 3:04 PM (in response to OnStage9)

    I recently installed FCE4 to mountain Lion 10.8.1 to an MBPro. A CLEAN Install.

    Update to 4.0.1 went smoothly.

    To my surprise it works fine and am testing with a twenty minute AVCHD timeline.

    Editing, effects and transitions work as expected so far.

     

    Please feed back with your Mountain LION experience.

     

    Al

  • mrkrinkle625 Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2012 4:02 PM (in response to Alchroma)

    i tried holding "esc" when i click on the installer but it again states that 10.8 doesn't support PowerPC applications.

     

    Apple better put out a new installer for this otherwise I'll be pretty peeved...

  • scartacus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 5:55 AM (in response to Alchroma)

    I have done a clean install of Mountain Lion on my mid 2010 Macbook Pro.

     

    I have the original 4.0 Final cut Express disk. If I install this 4.0 on a mountain lion mac, will I get an option to update to 4.01 via update or am I stuck on 4.0?

     

    Thanks

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 9:19 AM (in response to mrkrinkle625)

    Unfortunately, FCE was discontinued over a year ago.  There are no further updates beyond v4.0.1 (even that was released way back in 2008) and there is no reason to think Apple will suddenly update the installer for a discontinued product.

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,875 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 2:42 PM (in response to scartacus)

    scartacus wrote:

     

    I have done a clean install of Mountain Lion on my mid 2010 Macbook Pro.

     

    I have the original 4.0 Final cut Express disk. If I install this 4.0 on a mountain lion mac, will I get an option to update to 4.01 via update or am I stuck on 4.0?

     

    Thanks

     

    Did you read my post in this thread?

     

    Be aware that FCE and the Lions are not supported by Apple and unexpected results can occur, meaning users have to either live with the problem or sort it out themselves.

     

    Al

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