Had a chance to get FCS for $380, but passed

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by turtlebud, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. turtlebud macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    Ever since I heard about the crossgrade offers for the universal binary version of Final Cut Studio, I was tempted to find a copy of one of the components so I could upgrade for $199. I found a copy for Motion 2 academic (which qualifies) for $150 on ebay and was tempted to pull the trigger. It would have effectively costed me $380 for the Univeral verision of Final Cut Studio ($150 + $10 shipping + $199 + tax for crossgrade). I passed and coincidentily within and hour, someone else bought Motion2.

    If I were into video editing, I think there wouldn't have no chance I would have passed on this great deal, but I'm not. The side of me that loves getting great deals was fighting the practical side of mean, and fortunately (I think) the practical side of me won. That $400 will end up going towards upgrading the dual core 2.0 G5 I'll be ordering this month. Still, a small part of me regrets not taking advantage of the offer, but I've always found it's better to buy something when you're sure you'll need it rather than when you think you'll need it. I still have a copy of FCE 1.0 that I jumped through hoops to get that I've never used. When I'm ready to graduate from iMovie, maybe I'll give FCE HD a try. And when I outgrow that & iDVD, maybe I'll give FCS a shot.
  2. turtlebud thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    I guess I forgot to ask - did I make a mistake not jumping on this opportunity?
  3. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    It is a great deal, isn't it? I don't think you made a mistake. You aren't even using FCE right now. You should use iMovie to it's fullest, hit the limitations and then move up to FCE or Studio.

    But if you feel that you'll use the other apps you may want to think again.

    I made my first short film last fall. We made some big mistakes on the first day of the shoot and I was left with 60Hz hum on about 60% of my audio. I was using FCE HD and Soundtrack but had to upgrade to Soundtrack Pro (only $99) for its noise reduction features.

    When the crossgrade pricing was announced I was thrilled. It will be so much easier for me to work in FCP/Soundtrack Pro vs. the workflow from FCE. I have to manually export audio out of FCE.

    Even with all that benefit, plus the benefits of DVDSP, I still haven't pulled the trigger because I'm trying to not spend money right now. But I have a feeling that if I don't get Studio now I'll regret it later.

    ps--I have FCE HD upgrade that I could sell you...
  4. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.

    No- You never know when your going to get screwed on deals like that. It's damming, to second guess, but hey - your wallet is a little thicker.

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