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    Default Final Cut Pro on new laptops

    Hi.

    I am looking at buying one of the new Macbook or Macbook Pros. Right now I am applying for Screen production, and will need to use Final Cut Pro.

    Just wondering if one of the new Macbooks can handle using the program? I know Macbook Pro is considered the industry standard, and I am seriously looking at it, its just the price!

    I have used Macs only at school, and I consider myself a convert. I will be using the laptop for web design as well. I have never had the chance to use a laptop from Apple. I was reading on the apple website that there are speakers on the Macbook. What are they like compared to the Macbook Pro?

    Thanks, Daniel

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    Not sure about the Macbook, but I can run Final Cut Express flawlessly on a Mid 2007 iMac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew858 View Post
    Not sure about the Macbook, but I can run Final Cut Express flawlessly on a Mid 2007 iMac.
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    If it is HD video that you want to work with go for a MBP, if not then a MB should work fine.

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    what about the lack of firewire on the new macbook ?

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    Spec wise there is no reason why FCP wont work on a new MacBook. The lack of a FireWire port might be an issue if you're working with MiniDV at uni. Worst case scenario capture at uni, edit on laptop, but still is an inconvenience. Oh and as mentioned above, if you'll be working with HD, MBP is a must.

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    I'd go Macbook Pro.

    Unless you're happy to capture footage on another computer at whatever institute you're learning at.

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    Don't consider a MacBook, once again because of the lack of firewire.

    Sure, there are lots of hard-drive based cameras now, but you will inevitably run into a lot of DV and HDV cameras and end up hating the lack of FW on your machine, even if it runs the programs okay.
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    RUSH out now and get a last generation MacBook. Will do the job fine, wont cost as much, has firewire.

    Or just grab one 2nd hand, or from the refurb store.

    Firewire is a must for video work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holden89 View Post
    Just wondering if one of the new Macbooks can handle using the program? I know Macbook Pro is considered the industry standard, and I am seriously looking at it, its just the price!
    You need to consider display and resolution.

    Running Final Cut on a 13" screen would be near on impossible, as would editing footage, especially is said footage were HD (the MacBook can't play native 1080 High Definition and can only just manage native 720 Standard Definition). I imagine the smallest screen you could go would be 15" plus an external monitor or perhaps a 17" on its own. Either way, screen real estate is likely very important, especially if you still want to be able to see by the end of your course...

    One suggestion - wait until your start the program and have a chat to some of the lecturers or second year plus students and see what they think. They might be able to offer some valuable advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Guardo View Post
    Running Final Cut on a 13" screen would be near on impossible, as would editing footage, especially is said footage were HD (the MacBook can't play native 1080 High Definition and can only just manage native 720 Standard Definition).
    When I was at uni we regularly used one of our team's Powerbook G4 to edit on. Ok, I'm guessing it was the 15 or 17"... but - whilst it's not ideal, certainly for uni stuff, it'll do the job. You won't want to colour grade on it... but really - the HD factor just - isn't. You usually use proxy files when editing HD footage anyway, which aren't full res, so if your screen isn't HD, that's no problem. And when you're editing, the edit window is only a fraction of the full screen anyway too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmichobo View Post
    RUSH out now and get a last generation MacBook. Will do the job fine, wont cost as much, has firewire.

    Or just grab one 2nd hand, or from the refurb store.
    Nah, FCP only runs on systems with a dedicated graphics card and not the Intergrated Intel Chip.

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    Oooh - good save. Didn't know that.

    Though - if it's only Colour that wont run...? I know it's taking a limited view, but FCP itself can do the job, and again, especially when you're doing a student film, you probably wont have too much time for worrying about getting the colour JUST right...

    Ok - maybe a early MacBook Pro instead of MacBook then? Still probably cheaper than the new MacBooks?
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    $2059 for a 15" MacBook Pro - refurbished. Absolute bargain! Will handle Final Cut with ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    $2059 for a 15" MacBook Pro - refurbished. Absolute bargain! Will handle Final Cut with ease.
    Yep that seems like the way to go, still cannot believe $2059 for a MBP

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    I used to use FCP on my 12" iBook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wholikespotatoes View Post
    Nah, FCP only runs on systems with a dedicated graphics card and not the Intergrated Intel Chip.



    I'm studying F+TV at Uni and plenty of other students have made this mistake.
    Strange I run it fine on my macbook and it only has the 950GMA. I don't do HD nor would I try.

    EDIT: sorry that would be FCE not FCP.

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    Having actually seen a previous gen macbook running final cut studio, I would say it can handle the basic editing fine, though for more demanding tasks, the integrated graphics really holds you back. Apple exclude macbooks and mac mini's in the system requirements due to this reason.

    The new macbooks sound like they would be fine, however you've been duped on the firewire, so a MacBook Pro is the only reasonable & feasible choice to go with.
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    Not being able to capture on the MacBooks would drive you bananas, but other than that they are quite a solid choice.

    HD is easy, as long as you're willing to edit offline and then master an online later.

    But that lack of FireWire....I honestly just can't say MacBook when a heap of the time you may find yourself needing to capture DV or HDV. Unless you can capture direct to memory card and use a card reader, I'd say avoid the MacBook :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by holden89 View Post
    Hi.

    I am looking at buying one of the new Macbook or Macbook Pros. Right now I am applying for Screen production, and will need to use Final Cut Pro.

    Just wondering if one of the new Macbooks can handle using the program? I know Macbook Pro is considered the industry standard, and I am seriously looking at it, its just the price!

    I have used Macs only at school, and I consider myself a convert. I will be using the laptop for web design as well. I have never had the chance to use a laptop from Apple. I was reading on the apple website that there are speakers on the Macbook. What are they like compared to the Macbook Pro?

    Thanks, Daniel
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