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Final Cut Pro upgrades from 6 to 7

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jumpcutter Calculating status...
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Oct 25, 2012 4:23 PM

Hi, 

 

I'm about to start a big job that may require FCP7.  Currently I have FCP 6 set up on my computer (iMac using 10.6.8,  2.66 Ghz Intel Core i5,  16 GB 1067 MHZ DDR3). 

 

Will I still be able tp upgrade to 7 (since Apple now went with X) and if not are 6 and 7 versions so differnt that

I can't just edit using 6, deliver my files for color and sweetening to the network and have them do it with 7? 

 

Also (another question if thats ok).

 

I've never cut such a big/long show (end product will be 12 episodes averaging 22 minutes each - 2-3 camera shoot)... so i'm concerned about my set up having the power to handle this kind of job.  I'll be using an external HD for all the source files.  I currenly have 524.51 GB space available on my computer. 

 

Anyone see me running into problems?  This job isn't going to be graphic heavy or even cut heavy.  Basic talkshow type format.

 

Thanks for any advice,

 

Gina

Final Cut Pro 6, Mac OS X (10.6.8), upgrading to 7?
  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Oct 25, 2012 5:04 PM (in response to jumpcutter)

    A project started in FCP 6 will open in FCP 7 without issue, so you are fine there.

     

    And your machine should be fine for that series.  Some will depend on what camera they shoot with, is it compatible with FCP 6 (there are formats that only FCP 7 can import properly).  And you will need large external drives for video storage. 

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Oct 25, 2012 7:25 PM (in response to jumpcutter)

    >SO once the cameras are selected I just need to see which codec it uses?

     

    What codec it uses is just part.  That will determine if you can use FCP 6.  Some newer camera codecs can only be seen by fcp.

     

    >I suppose I should just request apple pro res 422 HQ so that it will import into 6?

     

    That is something that the post supervisor or lead editor determines...not some random goofball from the internet like me. There are lots of things to take into consideration, like what you will be delivering, how much footage you have, how much drive space will be needed...stuff like that.  There needs to be a meeting on this and a consensus made.

  • RatVega™ Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)
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    Oct 25, 2012 11:32 PM (in response to Shane Ross)

    Shane Ross wrote:

    That is something that the post supervisor or lead editor determines...not some random goofball from the internet like me.

    You're not just some random goofball, you're one of the finest, most experienced goofballs on this forum! Our special goofball!

     

    p.s.: Missed you at LACPUG last night...

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Oct 25, 2012 11:44 PM (in response to RatVega™)

    Thanks, but unless I'm on the crew, I'm a random goofball.

     

    And I was at a screening at the DGA of my cousin's short film.  Schedule conflict.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:01 PM (in response to jumpcutter)

    If you have an upgrade version, all you need is the serial number for the older version you are updating. No need to install the previous version. Just install FCP 7.

  • Jutzs1111 Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2013 2:54 PM (in response to Shane Ross)

    SHANE,

    can you help me too?  I have FCP 3, 4 and HD...

    And I want to get FCP 7

    but as an educator I can get Apple Pro Traning Series: Final Cut Pro 6 for 50$

    was wanting then to see if I could upgrade to FCP 7 (do not want X).

     

    is that possible?

     

    Is that the best route?

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 3:07 PM (in response to Jutzs1111)

    Apple discontinued FCS 2009 (aka FCS 3) when they introduced FCS X. They did sell some out the back door for a few months after X's introduction, but that has long since ceased.

     

    If you want FCS 2009, your best, and only, bet is the reseller market - ebay, craigslist and the like.

     

    caveat emptor applies.

     

    x

  • Jutzs1111 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 4:04 PM (in response to Studio X)

    Are you thinking Studio... not studio 3... Final Cut Pro 3.  Is what I learned on.

     

    And I want to buy FCP 6 - it is titled Apple Pro Training Series FCP6

    but will it let me upgrade to 7?

     

    What is FCS 2009? 

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 8:06 PM (in response to Jutzs1111)

    What is commonly refered to a Final Cut Studio 3 (which includes Final Cut Pro 7) was offically titled Final Cut Studio 2009.

     

    Final Cut Pro 6 was an earlier release that was included in Final Cut Studio 2.

     

    Good luck finding either FCS 2 or FCS 3 (aka FCS 2009)

     

    x

     

    edit: Training series "whatevers" do not include the operating software. They are the instruction exercises.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 10:26 PM (in response to Jutzs1111)

    eBAY is your best bet.

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