Final Cut Express II for an iBook?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by iKwak, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. iKwak macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2003
    These are the system tech requirement for FCE II:

    a) Macintosh computer with a 350MHz PowerPC G4 or G5 processor and AGP graphics card.
    b) RT Extreme requires a 500MHz PowerPC G4 (550MHz for PowerBook G4) or G5 processor or any dual PowerPC G4 or G5 processors.
    c) Mac OS X v10.2.5 or later.
    d) QuickTime 6.4 or later.
    e) 384MB of RAM (512MB required for RT Extreme).
    f) 40MB of available disk space required for installation.

    I have a 12" iBook and wondering if it is enough to handle the video editing software.
    a) Not sure because I have a G4 800mhz, not a PowerPC G4. Is it okay?
    b) Same - not a PowerPC
    c) Check
    d) Check
    e) Check
    f) Check
  2. lind0834 macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2003
    PowerPC is the kind of Processor.

    I think you are confusing it with PowerMac. Anyway, you should get by fine.
  3. jholzner macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    Re: Final Cut Express II for an iBook?

    I don't think it will work. I have a friend with an iMac 500 mhz and it wouldn't let him even install FCP Express since all he has is a G3
  4. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    As long as your iBook is a G4 you'll be okay. If it's a G3 then see the above post.

    It's off the topic a little, but have you considered additional storage? Video takes up an enormous amount of space and you'll find a 30GB drive filling up with just a couple modesly sized projects. It's also suggested to use a different disk or partition for video to avoid fragmentation problems. Of course if you're just doing little 1-2 minute movies I wouldn't worry about space or fragmentation very much.
  5. LimeLite macrumors 6502a


    Mar 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Re: Re: Final Cut Express II for an iBook?

    However, if you read correctly, you'd notice he's using an 800MHz G4, not a 500MHz G3. FCE will run fine on the iBook.
  6. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
  7. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    I agree with the sentiments regarding storage; I have 80GB and 60GB internal HDD and I still feel a little short on space at times.
    30GB HDD would be almost out of the question for anything but relatively short videos.

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