Buying Pre-Owned Final Cut Studio 2

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by RedElectro, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. RedElectro macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I've found someone who's selling a copy of Final Cut Studio 2 and I've asked if I would be able to register the software with Apple after purchasing and they don't know!!

    Does anyone know what Apple's policy is on used software? Would it be possible for me to transfer the software to my name? There doesn't seem much point in buying pre-registered software if you can't.

    I can't run FCS 3 on my PowerMac G5, hence me trying to find a good deal on the older version.

    Also, someone told me that the license for FCS 2 let's you (legally) install on your Macbook as well as your desktop!! Anyone know if this is true?
     
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    FCS does indeed let you install it on a Desktop and Laptop legally, so long as your not using them both at the same time (My copy of FCS3 has been on 2 machines before, now just 1 as my MacBook Air is no longer an editing machine - as allowed by the license, and Im sure FCS2 had this provision as well). Also, FCS3 does work with some hacking on Dual 2.0 G5s and above (Im assuming yours doesnt meet this, but its a quick heads up to everyone elses whose do).
     
  3. RedElectro thread starter macrumors regular

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    I didn't know that ChrisMacGuy, my PowerMac G5 is indeed a 2.0Ghz Dual Processor (2GB Ram / 2TB HDD) - I'd be interested in knowing what level of "hacking" would be required to get FCS 3 to run on it! Sounds very interesting. My 2010 MBP would obviously benefit more from this version!

    Might be something to consider further down the line, I think for now I'll possibly still go for FCS 2 (financial reasons) and upgrade, providing I can register it, later.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. mBox macrumors 68020

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    There isnt much diff between FCS2 and 3. Maybe some support concerning ProRes and other formats but as a base editor nada.
     
  5. RedElectro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi mBox,
    You're possibly wondering what's going on, seeing as I've been using FCP on a recent project we've been discussing elsewhere?!?

    The software I have (came pre-installed on the Mac) is incomplete. As I've been tampering more and more, I've realised, lots of elements of the suite are missing (particles, templates etc). I've enjoyed using the software so much, I just thought I'd purchase the full thing! :D
     
  6. mBox macrumors 68020

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    Hoping for a big upgrade this NAB 2011 :)
    I use Avid mostly at work but FCS for back-up.
    As a back-up it gets a lot of usage though :)
     
  7. WestSt, Mar 14, 2011
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    Did just that! Bought used FCS2 of a guy - installed, registered, and works perfectly (on my 6 year old G4 PowerBoolk as well as my new i7)!!

    Didnt even know the guy -bought on eBay. Just had "serious" talk with him and found him trustworthy. Just make sure you get EVERYTHING, all discs with covers, the entire box, etc, so you know you own all the original serials and stuff.

    Got a really cheap FCS2 - that works perfectly - and i wont mind to upgrade until FCS4:-D
     
  8. RedElectro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I took the plunge and bought a brand new, factory sealed and unregistered copy of FSC 2 from Amazon.co.uk for £375 which wasn't that much more than the used, pre-registered version!

    So I'm happy. Hopefully some of the points made in this thread will help someone else looking into buying a pre-owned Final Cut Studio.
     

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