iBook vs. Powerbook for FCP3?

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    Pancake

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    I'm will be going to University in London this fall and am trying to save up for a laptop, Apple ofcourse. I can probally get the money together for an iBook but hope to get enough for a Powerbook.

    The most demanding program I use is FCP. My question is: How much of a performance difference will there be between a iBook and a Powerbook when it comes to FCP. And keep in mind I use FCP on a G4 400, which is so slow for rendering, that anything would be an improvement.
     
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    ibookin'

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    Re: iBook vs. Powerbook for FCP3?

    The advantage to having a Powerbook for FCP 3 or 4 is that it can render most of the effects in real time. I suggest getting a 15" or 17" for the widescreen if you're going to be doing a lot of work in FCP. Widescreens are incredible in that program. I've used it with a Cinema display and the experience is so much better than with a standard screen.
     
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    Another thing is that the iBook is a G3, but the PowerBook is a G4, so that could make a difference in FCP, too.
     
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    WinterMute

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    Just changed up to the 17' AlBook from a 400 TiBook, and FCP 3 flies on it in comparison, if you're serious about yout DV work, get the PowerBook.
     
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    ibookin'

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    The main difference being zero rendering time, as I said in my original post.

    Another advantage of the 15" or above PowerBook is that it also has L3 cache, which will speed up apps like FCP.

    Also, get a large external 7200RPM or better hard drive if you're going to be doing serious video work on a laptop.
     
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    melchior

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    you're comparing the ibook to the PB, so i assume you are talking about the 12" models....

    well, i just wanted to make it clear, and i agree with everyone here, for various reasons. you need a 15" or 17" PB. the 12" PB is noticably better than the ibook, but not that much, when it comes to rendering huge things. (read: painful on ibook. slow on 12"pb)

    wait for the 15" revision. you will be happy.
     
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    Pancake

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    Thank You

    Thanks everybody.

    I was thinking a Powerbook was the way to go, just wanted some reasurrence.

    I will definately wait for the 15" revision.

    Now I just have to save $3000.
     
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    ibookin'

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    Re: Thank You

    Ah, the only problem...

    :D
     

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