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Final Cut Pro on a Macbook?

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May 16, 2006 4:00 PM
It truly falls into a hazy region, but will Final Cut Pro application run on a MacBook?

The studio does require a dedicated graphics card for Motion, but I imagine the superb 2d graphics capabilities of the MacBook integrated card would do fine. I believe it delivers ATI 9600 2D equivalent performance, which is good enough for FCP.

Sheesh, with two desktops and an older iBook knocking around, it would be great to have a mobile FCP solution that won't require a massive cost commitment. Gotta save for the next Powermac upgrade!


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  • Brian Conner Level 6 Level 6 (16,020 points)
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    May 16, 2006 4:06 PM (in response to mugwump88)
    Buy Final Cut Studio 5.1, and you'll happy. It can run on both Intel and PowerPC Macs.

    EDIT: Are you a Mugwumps fan? From the days of Mama Cass and the others, before the Mamas and the Papas?

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  • David S. Level 7 Level 7 (20,630 points)
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    May 16, 2006 4:07 PM (in response to Brian Conner)
    Brian, perhaps I missed something your response, but do you understand that FCP 5.1 WILL run on the newly released MacBooks, the iBook replacement?

    The new laptop uses 64 Mbs of shared RAM without a discrete video card
    G5 2.5G 4.0 RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Radeon ATI X800 Video Card 256 MBs RAM
  • Brian Conner Level 6 Level 6 (16,020 points)
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    May 16, 2006 4:08 PM (in response to David S.)
    Thanks for catching my too-quick-read. I meant the MacBook Pro, of course.
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  • Panny1 Calculating status...
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    May 24, 2006 9:20 AM (in response to mugwump88)
    I was in an Apple store and asked about Final Cut Pro on the new macbook - 2 of the staff told me categorically that it won't work on the macbook at all because it doesn't have a graphics card... has anyone actually got Final Cut Pro working on a Macbook?

    Also, if it does... what's the performance like? the intel chips should be much quicker than the imac G5 i have.
    20 imac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 1GB RAM
  • David S. Level 7 Level 7 (20,630 points)
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    May 24, 2006 9:22 AM (in response to Panny1)
    G5 2.5G 4.0 RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Radeon ATI X800 Video Card 256 MBs RAM
  • Panny1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 24, 2006 3:51 PM (in response to David S.)
    Thanks for that... looks like that not only will it work, but it will be much faster than my current setup on the imac G5!

    Strange how the Apple staff were so adamant that it wouldn't work!
    20 imac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 1GB RAM
  • Brian Conner Level 6 Level 6 (16,020 points)
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    May 24, 2006 4:00 PM (in response to Panny1)
    Probably because there's more involved than just putting a couple of clips into a Timeline, added a few filters and rendering. FCP is far deeper than that, as you know.
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  • David S. Level 7 Level 7 (20,630 points)
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    May 24, 2006 4:11 PM (in response to Panny1)
    In my view, working isn't the issue.

    It is to what degree it does work.

    How are you going to manage one firewire bus, a shared graphics card and no way to add a second FW bus for capture?
    G5 2.5G 4.0 RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.5), Radeon ATI X800 Video Card 256 MBs RAM
  • Panny1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 24, 2006 4:30 PM (in response to David S.)
    I was looking for a mobile solution... will still have my desktop imac setup for capture etc. But when travelling at least I can continue my work.

    So is there any restrictions? anyone been using FCP on the new macbook and could give feedback?
    20 imac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 1GB RAM

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