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Old January 21st, 2004, 12:59 PM   #1
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Question About Fcp4 Academic

Yesterday, I ordered my G-5 (dual 1.8) and a copy of FCP4. I'm a student, so I took advantage of the academic discount- which saved me about $700 between the machine and the software. Today somebody tells me that because I went with the Academic version I will be unable to take part in the next upgrade.
Considering FCP4 is pretty new, I'm not too worried about this, but I am curious. Does anybody know if there is any truth to this?

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Old January 21st, 2004, 01:33 PM   #2
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In the past there have not been academic upgrades for FCP. You can upgrade to a full version of FCP for the difference in price between what you paid and the cost of FCP (at the time of the upgrade). The upgrade to the full version allows you to earn income from your FCP projects. The academic version of FCP's EULA states that the academic version can not be used to produce income.
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Old January 21st, 2004, 01:49 PM   #3
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No income eh?

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I guess I'll upgrade this summer sometime. Like, if I ever get a paying gig. Unitl then, though, I got it mostly so I could learn how to use it. Can't make any money with until I learn it anyway!
A couple of more questions:
What about using it to edit my own shorts and sending them to festivals?
Is that EULA posted on line somewhere? I didn't see it on the apple site, but maybe I'm not looking right.

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Old January 22nd, 2004, 11:32 PM   #4
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I have upgraded the academic version of FCP since version 2 with no problem hear in Canada.
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Old January 23rd, 2004, 05:36 AM   #5
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Physically, you can upgrade the Academic version with the full version of FCP. However, the Academic versions EULA does not allow that without an upgrade (via Apple Customer Care) to the full version. The EULA is contained in the software. It is one of the screens that you say yes to when installing the software. If you do not accept the terms of the EULA the software will not load and you can return the software to Apple for a refund.

The EULA may also be contained in the packaging as a separate printed sheet. To the best of my knowledge the EULA is not on Apple's site.
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Old January 23rd, 2004, 10:28 PM   #6
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When I went from version 2 to 3 it was a true upgrade were I had to have the old version installed for the new one to work although when I went from 3 to 4 I did not have to do this. All versions were labeled Academic. Maybe itís a bit different in Canada then it is in the USA.
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Old January 25th, 2004, 10:53 PM   #7
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Hello,

I will be purchasing a commercial version of FCP4 soon to upgrade my FCP 3 Academic.

What I would like to know is, can I accomplish this by simply purchasing the $400 FCP4 Upgrade software (non-academic commercial upgrade version) and installing it over my FCP3 Academic?

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Old January 26th, 2004, 07:38 PM   #8
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I suppose most folks will already know this but I'll post it for the sake of newcomers and searches.

I called Apple today and asked if I could use the (commercial) FCP4 Upgrade with my FCP3 Academic. Apple said no-- I would need to buy FCP4 Commercial outright to make the transition legally.

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Old January 26th, 2004, 08:09 PM   #9
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If the version hadn't changed (FCP 3 to FCP 4) I think you could have upgrade to the full version for just the difference between the Academic and Retail version. However, as you pointed out, you'll have to purchase a full retail version.
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