10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 15, 2012 11:44 AM by Magic Feather
John Rowe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello Experts,

Well I'm finally upgrading my system and have a few questions for the pros out there. 

I'm going from a G5 with Final Cut Studio 2 (that is FCP 5) into I'm not sure what at this point.  I am a semi-professional editor/filmmaker who is looking to step things up.  I have made a couple of documentaries, some shorts and several actor reels.  Unless anyone can say otherwise I've decided on the "27 iMac 3.4 ghz for my machine.  I'm just wondering about the editing software.  I've heard very mixed things about FCPX and am wavering between that and Adobe Premier.  Can anyone  tell me their experience with either?  Should I get a 3rd party copy of FCP7?  Wondering what the major differences are between that and FCP5 are besides Pro-Res.  I'm also looking to get a camera.  A good still with DSLR.  Canon T2i?  Sony 330?  Are there others out there I should be aware of?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.



  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    Many pros are liking FCP X and many are loathing it. The best thing you can do is get the trial version and check it out for yourself. Adobe Premiere is quite similar to legacy FCP and the suite comes with After Effects, Speedgrade, and Encore DVD among others. Adobe also has trials you can play with.


    Check out some tutorials to get a feel for the software.


    Legacy FCP is EOL so I would say only buy it if the price is right and/or you absolutely need it.


    If you want a really good camera check out Blackmagic. If you buy their cinema camera they'll throw a copy of Resolve your way for free. That's $$$.

  • dastoelk Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)

    Keep in mind, the latest version of ML won't even run legacy FCP. And... I was hesitant about X. I've grown to appreciate it.

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (10,285 points)

    That is not correct. I have FCP7 running on macs with OS 10.8.1.




  • dastoelk Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)

    Hmmm... Did you have to revert to an older OS to install it?

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (10,285 points)

    No. If you are trying to install FCS2 (FCP6) my understanding is the applications will work, but the installer requires Rosetta, which is not included in Mountain Lion. If you search these boards, you will see workarounds for this. I am not running FCS2, so can't personally verify this.


    If you are trying to install FCS3 (FCP7), it will install, but you need to have FCP7 installed before FCP-X.

    See this thread:




    and the kb article:




    In my case, I have upgraded two computers to Mtn. Lion with FCP7 installed.



  • dastoelk Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)

    So, I other words FCP7 was ALREADY on your machine when you upgraded to the latest ML?

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (10,285 points)




  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (10,285 points)

    Actually, I also did an install of FCP7 only on a brand new MacBook Air, that had 10.8.1  that I use in the field to ingest/back up Sony EXdcam SxS cards. No problem.



  • dastoelk Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)

    Not to beat this dead horse to glue... but... Won't there come a day when FCP7 will simply not work on the "latest" OS? That is, as Apple migrates i's OS to new iterations, legacy FCP apps will be too distant to emulate?

  • Magic Feather Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)

    You're great with an imac 27, but I'd suggest holding off on the purchase until mid-late october.  Check out the macrumors.com buyers guys, it says the current imac is about 500 days old.  An update is probably coming soon.


    After you get the imac, try the trial for fcpx for a month.  Tons of tutorials on how to use it are online.  Right now you can also get Adobe Creative Cloud for about $29/mo for the first year.  This is the most affordable way to try all the editing systems and make your own decision.  All workflows are different.


    I'd completely skip working with FCS3/FCP7 though.  Although it works on Mountain Lion, after working with X for a few months we now dread opening FCP7 now.


    Hope this helps!