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Does Motion run like FCPX?

243 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2013 9:49 PM by BenB RSS
Mr. iPadfan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 25, 2013 3:48 AM



I recently tried out the 30-days trial version of Final Cut Pro 10.0.6 (or was it, and it worked amazingly well on my 20" 2GHz iMac (Mid 2007) with only 2GB of RAM installed. It did not crash, although I expected it to be very laggy.

The graphics card, the ATi HD2400 XT, is listed as non compatible to both Final Cut Pro and Motion. But FCPX Trial was really good at its job, so I wonder if Motion will do so too.

In other words, will Motion run the same way like the FCPX Trial or will it restrict so I cannot buy/run/use it? Or is it remarkably more resource-dependent? In even other words, will I be able to buy and run Motion 5 on this Mac (as I did with FCPXT)?


[In case the App Store will give me an "Access denied" message when buying Motion, how to bypass?]

Kind regards,



(Please excuse my bad English, I am from Germany)

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 10:11 PM (in response to Mr. iPadfan)

    You will not get good or consistant results with an unsupported graphics card, and 2GB RAM will kill it totally in time.  You have to get a Mac that meets specs, or you can expect major headaches with FCP X.  I promise you.


    Motion will be even worse.  Both apps rely heavily on the GPU, and if it is not supported, you're screwed.

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 9:49 PM (in response to Mr. iPadfan)

    Again, I don't think anyone can answer that, but I'd not bet money on it.  You get good performance from FCP X trial, but have you done seriously large projects?  Trial doesn't come with the extra content, so there's more stuff to pile up on the app.  Motion requires more horsepower, and is more picky.  I'm just being honest with you.  You're using an usupported card with a trial version, and I'm going to assume you've not done a seriously heavy project.


    Can't comment on unsupported hardware.  But if you think FCP X will run great on your Mac, go for it, if that is what you want to do.  Motion will require much more horsepower, is much more GPU dependent.  No one can say how it will perform on unsupported hardware.  Simple fact, nothing more.


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