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Getting new iMac-Late 2013 FCE4 Available?

336 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 26, 2013 11:04 PM by JoeTallyho RSS
JoeTallyho Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Sep 25, 2013 8:34 AM

Just ordered iMac 21.5" w/Haswell, 512GB SSD, and 3.1Ghz processor.  I am 60% in editing an iMovie HD (6) project on my iMac G5 ALS, but exhibiting hard drive minor issues.  Want to continue project on new iMac, but I think current iMovie 2009 will not import project correctly and files and also not as powerful (for consumer level editing as the iMovie HD.  So, looking at Final Cut Express, but it appears it is no longer available and only FCPX is the only editor (better than iMovie/iLife11) out there now. And FCPX is $300 and I remember FCE4 being around $200 when it was available.  What are your suggestions in my options in moving my iMovie HD project on my new iMac with a little more powerful editing capability?



iMac G5 2.0Ghz 20" Ambient Light, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2GB RAM/Seagate 500GB
  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,565 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 8:54 AM (in response to JoeTallyho)

    Final Cut Express was discontinued nearly 3 years ago, even prior to the release of Lion.


    Final Cut Pro X is the current product, and is qualified & supported on Mt. Lion.

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,565 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 9:15 AM (in response to MartinR)

    My suggestion is to complete your project on iMovie HD 6 on your current Mac.  Then move to iMovie 11 & FCPX on your new Mac.

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,565 points)
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    Sep 25, 2013 10:47 AM (in response to MartinR)

    One more thing (although I don't recommend doing this in the midst of a video project) ...


    Replacing the hard drive in an iMac G5 ALS is a relatively simple process.   There are even official Apple DIY instructions for doing it.   If the iMac is otherwise fine and you want to preserve your copy & use of iMovie HD6  (and, btw, install FCE) ... you might consider keeping your old iMac and putting a new hard drive in it.


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