5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 19, 2009 7:52 AM by bill borez
bill borez Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)
Hey all, as a music producer I've finally decided to get into video. I've done a load of work in imovie learning the ropes. But, to be honest, it has run its course and it can't do what I want it to do.

Sooo, I have a dual 1.8 G5 ( which is fine for Logic Pro ) What would be the best version of Final cut to use on my system? I know the computer is not ideal, but once it was, so I'm looking for the best version when it was ( if you know what I mean )

Also the best version of after effects too if anybody knows this.

FTR: I can get any version of Final cut from friends in the industry.

G5, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Logic Pro 9
  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,975 points)
    Both Final Cut Studio 1 and 2 will run on your system. FCS3 (just released) is Intel only.

    As you are already running Logic on your system and depending on which version of FCS you get, you should be aware of [this issue|http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1110]
  • bill borez Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)
    Thanks Nick, I'll bear that in mind.

    Without going into massive amounts of detail, what are the major differences between 1 and 2?

    If I learn on 1 is it then easy to jump over to two?
  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,975 points)
    FCS 2 also includes Color. Before Apple bought it, it was a $20 000 separate application.

    If I learn on 1 is it then easy to jump over to two?


    There are new features in FCS 2 but the transition is relatively easy.
  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (27,015 points)
    Yes, FCS2 simply added some new formats but the basic operation of the program is the same.

    Be aware that you'll need to forget EVERYTHING you think you know about how to edit video that relates to the operation of iMovie. FCP is a very different animal. Start with the manuals and tutorials. They are well written and informative.

    Just remember, when you get frustrated don't keep saying "well, in iMovie ....".

    Good luck,

    x
  • bill borez Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)
    Studio X wrote:


    Be aware that you'll need to forget EVERYTHING you think you know about how to edit video that relates to the operation of iMovie. FCP is a very different animal. Start with the manuals and tutorials. They are well written and informative.


    Yep, I'd gathered that already. I'm actually starting a course in a couple of weeks to introduce me to the basic concepts.