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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by slider937, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. slider937 macrumors newbie

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    Im in film school and i dont know much about macs becasue im use to pc and ive gotten to the point to where sony vegas isnt cutting it so i was wondering can i run Final cut pro on a mac book pro or am i waisting my time
     
  2. dissolve macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on the types of projects you'll be doing and the rendering speed you're interested in achieving. If you're looking for a portable option, definitely go for the 15" MBP as the discrete GPU will certainly help. Any ideas on budget?
     
  3. slider937 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have a Mac G4 at the moment i was running vegas on pc but my budget is 2000
     
  5. TheyCallMeSaint macrumors regular

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    Yeah, you can definitely get the base 15" MBP for $1800, and that should run Final Cut Pro fine. Instead of getting the $2000 version, I'd recommend adding the Hi-Res, anti-glare BTO on the base 15", as both those options should greatly help video work.
     
  6. dissolve macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to stick with only a laptop (not notebook + desktop combo) I'd say get the best you can afford. Since most laptop components aren't upgradeable, you'll want to get it right on BTO. There are many, many options, but I think an i5 or i7 15" MBP would be great. There are terrific deals on the refurb site. I think this would last you quite a while:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC373LL/A?mco=MTgxMzM0Mjk
     
  7. DeepIn2U macrumors 68040

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    Agreed. Take a look at the Refurbished section as well as you may save a few hundred as well.
     
  8. toxic macrumors 68000

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    what's wrong with Premiere? Final Cut still isn't multithreaded, and no one really knows when it'll finally be updated.
     
  9. dissolve macrumors 6502a

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    Shhh we've almost got him ;)

    But, really, that's a good point. OP, have you tried out Premiere? When I used it several years ago, I wasn't a fan and enjoined FC much more. Things certainly have changed, but preference is a matter of opinion. Shame that FC isn't getting the support it deserves.
     
  10. slider937 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the help now correct me if im making a mistake by saying i was thinking about keeping the g4 and running final cut express and buy a i mac and running final cut pro on it that way i can be mobile and do all my effects at home
     

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