Will MBP run Final Cut Studio Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Spazzleberry, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Spazzleberry macrumors newbie

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    Windows guy considering switching to Mac for video production work. Will a MacBook Pro sufficiently run the new FInal Cut Studio? Or, would I need a suped-up Mac Pro Desktop.

    If a MacBook Pro will run it, do you recommend any upgrades to get the most out of the software program? By that I mean, RAM, etc.

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    A MBP will do great running FCS. You may want to add more RAM in the future if you want even more speed. But 2 gigs is more than enough for the time being.
     
  3. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    Just the stock MBP will run excelent FCS, get the basic 2.2GHZ model and you will fly... you will need a External HD, I do recomend Seagate. (You dont need FW800). Get FW400 or FW800, no USB please...
     
  4. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    yeah it works fine, im having issues with Motion right now but i think a reinstall should fix that, its runs nice and fast though, a lot faster than my imac g5 did and as cheap as memory is, upgrade to 4gig, and yes since you have it use firewire 800
     
  5. HillFlak macrumors newbie

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    I'm also shifting from Windows to MBP -- 17", 2.4 Mhz, 4gig (waiting since June 18th for hi-res matte). I also want to be able to run FCP. I already have two external Lacie 500 gig, 7200 rpm USB drives. Will they still work, just a bit slower than FW800?
     
  6. Gurutech macrumors 6502

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    USB(actual speed) is a lot slower than FW800
    FW800>>FW400>USB
     
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  9. HillFlak macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I realize it will be slower, but for a while I'll have to use these drives to move files between the MBP and a Windows PC w/o FW at my office. But any new drives will be dual interface.
     
  10. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    No it isn't USB 2.0 has a faster theoretical speed but in the real world Firewire is quicker. So in real usage it is:

    Firewire 800>Firewire 400>USB 2.0

    Of course the MBP should really have external SATA by now, but that's for another thread.
     
  11. Osprey macrumors 6502

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    Do you think that they will ever change iMovie or FCS to work with the new built-in internal hard drive or DVD cameras?
     
  12. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    For video, you're looking at a SUSTAINED rate, which is FW800>>FW400>>USB 2.0

    If you're looking at BURST speed, you'd be right...

    FCS can already handle footage from flash or HDD based cameras...as for DVD cameras, pros aren't buying those. As for iMovie, I tell people to use Handbrake or Visual Hub to rip DVDs from their crappy DVD camcorder to a format iMovie can read. Really, MiniDV is the way to go if you want to do any editing at a consumer level, because MPEG-2 (which is what these cameras use) is crap for editing.
     

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