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Old Jun 25, 2004, 02:30 PM   #1
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I was thinking of getting a 12 inch powerbook, but i'm concered. I plan on doing some video editing on it using final cut express. Is there enought power to run final cut express if i get it with 786 or 1.256 RAM and 80 gig hard drive?
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If not i guess i will be forced to buy a dual 2.5 G5 and a lower end powerbook
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Old Jun 25, 2004, 02:48 PM   #2
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My wife runs Final Cut Pro 4 and Photoshop on a 1GHz Powerbook with only 512MB of RAM, and it works fine.

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Old Jun 25, 2004, 04:08 PM   #3
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I run Final Cut Express on my 1Ghz PB with 768MB of RAM and it runs perfectly. No prblems at all. FCE is a great piece of software - I highly recommend it.

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Old Jun 25, 2004, 05:19 PM   #4
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I was thinking of getting a 12 inch powerbook, but i'm concered. I plan on doing some video editing on it using final cut express. Is there enought power to run final cut express if i get it with 786 or 1.256 RAM and 80 gig hard drive?
Thanks
PS what about Photo Shop...?

If not i guess i will be forced to buy a dual 2.5 G5 and a lower end powerbook
I'd recommend plan B, even though plan A will work just fine. even with plan B you could still run FCE fine on a "lower end" PB.

the 12" PowerBook's 1024x768 only starts to look small when you're working with more than 3 tracks of video and more than 4 tracks of audio. (just my opinion). otherwise it's fine, and of course you have the option of connecting to a larger external monitor.

have fun with the new machines!
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If not i guess i will be forced to buy a dual 2.5 G5 and a lower end powerbook
The 12" is the lower end powerbook.

FCE will not run optimally on a powerbook, but only because of the harddrive intensity and the limitations of a 5400rpm disk. You're cpu and ram will keep up very well, but you might want to also invest in a 7200rpm fw400 enclosure. Just my opinion.

Also, intensive video editing on a 12" 1024x768 screen is not a lot of fun.... there are better choices.

[cough]15"[/cough]
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I got Final Cut Express to run (somewhat) smoothly on an old 300mhz G3 (well, Final Cut Express 1, cant run 2 on a G3 anymore). it should run fine on a 12in powerbook. just dont expect for it to be very easy to work with a lot of video layers and such, especially sence the resoultion cant be very high on the 12. but it should work fine for smaller projects.
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I run FCP HD on my 1st gen eMac with 700Mhz G4 with 384 MB of Ram. Its got a 40 gig Hard Drive and a CD-RW drive.... i had to borrow an external drive to even install it. But all that aside it runs great even with these low specs and i've seen it run with 256MB of ram at my school.
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Also, intensive video editing on a 12" 1024x768 screen is not a lot of fun.... there are better choices.

[cough]15"[/cough]
Ah, it's not that bad . I don't have a problem with it at all. If you have an endless supply of money , then yes, go with the 15". But if you want to edit on the 12", it is very do-able.

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I agree with JOD8FY. I edited three movies, two with run times of one hour and a third that amounted to 1.5 hours, with my old 12" 700MHz G3 iBook. editing at 1024x768 is doable. of course, 1600x1024 is nicer (as in a 22" ACD), or 1920x1200 (23" ACD), or even 1600x1050 (20" ACD)... but the 12" PB gives sufficient room to work.

now, if you were using FCP instead of FCE you could connect a TV as a preview monitor by FireWire, with a DV camera in between. that makes editing a little easier, compared to seeing a 44% version of your final product on your LCD.
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