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Will Final Cut Pro work on my Computer?

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keith181 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 5, 2013 4:35 PM

I am very interested in Final Cut Pro and it is my understanding that it works best on 64-bit computers. My computer is an iMac 20 inch early 2009 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 8GB 1067 MHz DDR3. It orignially came with 4gb of RAM but I increased it recently. Also, my OS is up to date Mountain Lion. I just don't know if this is capable of running Final Cut Pro or not? Just cannot afford to buy a new computer for this App.

 

Is there anyone out there using Final Cut Pro on a similar computer as mine? If it does will it dramatically slow down my computer to a point that it is going to cause problems?

 

Another question about Final Cut Pro: Before I even open any video editor I always preview all the individual video clips and take notes on them using my iPad listing all the videos by their file names, and then I use the movie editors to bring those many vide clips into the editors. I really like iMovie with it's many cool features but it does not tell me the video's file name and it can be very confusing trying to figure out which video is which. Adobe Premiere Element does tell me the video's file name and therefore it is easier to scroll back and forth between video file names.

 

My question with Final Cut Pro -  With a huge list of video clips does it give the file names of each video?

 

I don't want to throw away $300 for something that might not be good on my current computer.

 

Many thanks,

iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1
  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,370 points)
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    May 5, 2013 5:51 PM (in response to keith181)

    You need to post in the FCP-X forum, which is the current (and only) version of Final Cut Pro available from Apple:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/community/professional_applications/final_cut_pro_ x

     

    MtD

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,870 points)
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    May 5, 2013 7:25 PM (in response to keith181)

    The iMac should run FCPX OK. We have a 2009 Core 2 Duo MBP with the 9400M card and while renders are on the longish side, it can handle most projects.

     

    FCP has many ways of keeping track of clips –including their names.

     

    There is a 30 day trial so you can see for yourself how it performs on your computer and whether it can meet your needs.

     

    Russ

  • digibudII Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    May 5, 2013 11:02 PM (in response to Meg The Dog)

    I could well be wrong but I think that if you call and ask Apple directly, you can still acquire FCP Studio. I understood this was true at one time. Dunno about current policies. Anyone? Might be worth checking if no reply to this clarifies it further.

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,790 points)
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    May 6, 2013 2:51 AM (in response to keith181)

    keith181 wrote:

     

    I am very interested in Final Cut Pro and it is my understanding that it works best on 64-bit computers. My computer is an iMac 20 inch early 2009 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 8GB 1067 MHz DDR3.

     

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    I don't want to throw away $300 for something that might not be good on my current computer.

     

    Just to reiterate what Russ said: the best way to know how it will work is to download the free trial, that you can use for 30 days: http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/trial/

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,460 points)
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    May 6, 2013 3:12 AM (in response to keith181)

    keith181 wrote:

    …  Is there anyone out there using Final Cut Pro on a similar computer as mine? …

    Me.

     

    MacMini, 2.26GHz, 8GB Ram, etc etc etc

    The hurdle to go with older Macs is the graphic-card - which are identical in both our machines.

     

    FCPX works flawless, considering:

    • an extHDD, fw800 connected as Events source

    • intHDD offers always >100GB free

    • using PROXIES while editing (then, Multicam is no issue)

    • 'speed' shouldn't be no issue (you're no news-room, aren't you?) - import + conversion to proxy (+analyzing for color correction) needs some time, est ~1h for 1h content (hey, like tape )

     

    again:

    don't hesitate to use the 30d free trial to test,

    wether hardware and you get friends with new FCPX.

  • Searchin99 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    May 6, 2013 5:45 AM (in response to keith181)

    I'm using a MacBook Pro 2.53 "Core 2 Duo" (Unibody - Late 2008), A1286 with 8 GB 1067 DDR3 and it works fine with OS X 10.8.3.

     

    With regard to rendering, I tend to leave it turned off until the end or when I've got some free time.

    Also, I leave the AirPort turned off.

    If things are running slow then turn on Activity Monitor and see what's going on.

     

    I try to keep everything other than video files off my computer. I've got an old MacBook that I use for stuff to keep the MacBook Pro clean of junk.

     

    Also, I'm using an old Mac Pro when at home to avoid overheating the MacBook Pro. No need for an early death.

     

    If mine works it would seem you should be fine with your setup.

     

    Of course there is no guarantee that at some future date the FCPX system requirements get increased and we get frozen out.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,430 points)
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    May 6, 2013 8:11 AM (in response to Searchin99)

    Searchin99 wrote:

     

    Of course there is no guarantee that at some future date the FCPX system requirements get increased and we get frozen out.

     

    That would be no problem as you would simply refrain from updating and your current FCP X would continue to work perfectly.

     

    Keith: My early 2008 24" iMac with 4GB RAM handles FCP X perfectly. Anyway, try it for yourself at no cost with the 30 day trial

     

    http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/trial/

     

    Sorry! Just noticed Russ and Luis have also mentioned this.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    Message was edited by: Ian R. Brown

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,790 points)
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    May 6, 2013 9:15 AM (in response to keith181)

    I have two suggestions:

     

    1) Keep Activity Monitor running; usually if FCP X beachballs it means that there is very little free RAM (even with 8GB, it can happen).  Activity Monitor can let you see if that is what's happening.

     

    2) Follow a good online tutorial or three. The beginners' tutorial on izzyvideo is quite good and free, although it was done for the first versions of FCP X, so many new features aren't covered, and some things may look slightly different; still, a very good value. The 200+ episodes of MacBreak Studio are also great.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,870 points)
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    May 6, 2013 9:41 AM (in response to keith181)

    Just to add to Luis' excellent suggestions.

     

    Repairing permissions following the installation is a good idea.

     

    Ideally, keep your events and projects on a Firewire 7200 RPM drive.

     

    Don't let your boot drive get too full…keeping 15-20% free space available will help preformance.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

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