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QT Pro 7 vs QT 10

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sharronsuss Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Nov 26, 2012 1:50 PM

So IF I decide I should be using QT Pro 7 with FCE 3.5 on newly installed Snow Leopard, can I get credit from Apple for the  QT upgrade I bought 4 years ago for my Tiger?


Will I need to use both QT 10 AND QT Pro 7?  I have seen that suggested on a MacRumors thread that was very long & full of needles... 


All I want to do with my system is make beautiful underwater videos - not a professional, but not a soccer mom either...  What benefit would Pro confer these days?  (I bought it originally to facilitate exporting, which it did.)


Would appreciate yr learned opinions, Finalists!


Sharron S.

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 8:26 PM (in response to sharronsuss)

    Hi Sharron,

    You don't have to worry about QuickTime.  Just install FCE.  FCE will take care of itself.


    If you meant, can you selectively tell FCE to use QuickTime X vs. QuickTime 7, the answer is no.  On a Snow Leopard system, FCE uses QuickTime X because it is part of Snow Leopard.   If you want, you can also install QuickTime 7 on a Snow Leopard system, but that is in addition to QuickTime X, not a replacement for QuickTime X.  FCE does not use QuickTime 7 on a Snow Leopard system.


    If you meant, can you use FCE to export video that you would further edit or convert in QuickTime 7 Pro, yes you can do that.


    Also, on a Snow Leopard system it would be best if you can install FCE 4.  Users have been successful with FCE 3.5 on Snow Leopard but FCE 4 is really where you should be.


    There is no credit for the QT Pro license you purchased when you had Tiger.  But you can reuse the QT Pro license key with QT7 on a Snow Leopard system.

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 6:13 PM (in response to sharronsuss)

    Hi Sharron,


    I mentioned QT7 Pro because it wasn't clear to me if you had a specific interest in it or not for editing purposes.  QT7 Pro does support some basic editing (mostly just trimming clips) and some format/codec conversion capabilities but you already have most if not all of that available to you right in FCE.


    Regarding FCE 3.5 vs FCE 4 they will both work on Snow Leopard.  The reasons I think FCE 4 is a better choice include the following:


    • FCE 3.5 was released in May 2006  when Tiger (10.4) was still the current version of OS X.  Leopard (10.5) was released shortly after FCE 3.5 was released.  What this means is that the FCE 3.5 code is a) quite old at this point and b) was developed in conjunction with Tiger & Leopard.
    • FCE 4 was released in May 2007, roughly halfway between the release dates of Leopard & Snow Leopard, making is much more likely that is was designed with Snow Leopard compatibility in mind.
    • FCE 4 is the most recent (and unfortunately the last release) of FCE.  It added the ability to edit AVCHD video, to use 3rd party Fx Plug effects, and mixed-format timelines.


    Copies of FCE 4 are still available on eBay and Amazon and probably other outlets.

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,880 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 11:13 PM (in response to sharronsuss)

    Can FCE 4.0 capture1080i from mini-DVD cassettes?


    Yes. FCE 4 can do everything the previous versions could do and more.

    If you purchase a DVD disc of FCE 4 make sure you have it's serial number supplied so you can register it.



  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 10:47 AM (in response to sharronsuss)



    To the best of my knowledge, OS X has never had, come with or required a serial number or registration.  The registration that you are prompted to do when you install OS X yourself, or startup a new Mac for the first time, is merely information Apple wants you to provide probably for their marketing database.  I have never had any reason to believe this is any kind of legal registration.


    The only Apple software that I know of that requires a serial number (note: serial number, not registration) are the pro apps like Final Cut, Logic, Aperture (before it became availalble in the Mac App Store), QTPro, etc.


    If you purchase the Snow Leopard disk from Apple it may at least give you peace of mind, as well as your own disks to install SL in the future if necessary.  By the way, it is only $19 in the Apple Online Store.


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