FCP 4core or 8core?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by apeden, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. apeden macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    I am about to buy a MP, I am not sure which one to get. Should I buy the 4 core model or spend a little more money and get the 8 core? I will be using FCP as my high end software. I want to get the best thing for money. Is it worth it to get the 8 core and spend close $900 more? Or will I be fine with the 4 core? I will be putting about 16gb of memory into it as well.

  2. bluap84 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    well for that extra $900 your doubling your computer speed / power?
    if you dont mind spending the extra id do it...the more power the quicker it will render .... surely?
  3. apeden thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    I am not sure if that is the case? Do you know for sure if that is what it means? That it will render much quicker?
  4. Soura2112 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2008
    8 Core

    I would go with 8 cores if you can afford it. Though you say final cut pro do you mean 7 or X? If your using FCP 7 4 cores should be fine...and it would be fine with FCX, depends on other programs too. 8 core will future proof you a bit more then 4 of course, I would find out the programs you will be using for sure see of 8 cores will reall make a difference. I have 8 and I love it, wish I could get 12, though I don't need it, but I want it just like everyone else would.

    Also look at the rumors, there have been rumors of a new Mac Pro, not saying it will happen, but certainly something to keep in mimd before you buy a Mac Pro since there not cheap. Though for all I know those rumors are done, yet to hear anything new.
  5. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    If you have Final Cut Pro 7, getting the 8 core wouldn't make a difference because Final Cut Pro 7 does not take advantage of multiple cores. If you have Final Cut Pro X, it will be blazing fast on 8 cores because Final Cut Pro X was redesigned to use all cores in the processor.
  6. namethisfile macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2008
    i think the more cores you can afford. a quad core mp will be decent i think w/ FCP X since this program leverages not just extra cores but also the gpu. obviously, the more cores the better. and this applies to the previous FCP as well. the only thing FCP 7 can't do that FCP X can do is use GPU for processing effects and utilize the extra cores to do background processing. in short, FCP X is more "efficient" utilizing all your cores. before, you had to wait for FCP to transcode/render, if needed, and a status bar would appear and you can't work while it is doing it. with FCP X, this rendering happens in the background. the more cores you have just like in FCP 7 the faster the render will be. so, i think that an 8-core MP is better than the quad, if you can afford it. but, FCP X might be faster on a quad than FCP 7 was because it is more efficient/modern program.... FCP 7 ate up cores and clock speed, so the more you have of either, the better. like a company hiring more people to get the job done faster. with FCP X, the company hired specialist or delegators to handle the job with however many cores or people on hand without necessarily needing to hire more hands to have the same result. so, to get back to you situation, a quad core would be able to do what an 8 core MP can with FCP X cheaper. and an 8-core wold be able to get your job done with more money. your choice.
  7. apw100 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    Jacksonville, FL
    What are you wanting to do? Are you going to be using it to edit feature length, 2k projects that use a lot of filters or are you just making shorts or videos with a camcorder?
  8. apeden thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    I have a 60D and I am studying film right now in college. I will be making short videos for myself and editing other peoples as well. I think I am going to go with the 3.33ghz 6 core machine :)

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