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Old July 31st, 2009, 08:17 AM   #1
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I'm a little confused...

So is the latest release of Final Cut Studio different from/better than Final Cut Studio 2? I have 2, but the new box doesn't say 2.5 or 3 or whatever.

Seems a bit confusing.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 08:53 AM   #2
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Different, yes. Better? Depends on your perspective. Live Type is gone in the new version and here's a list of changes:

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Old July 31st, 2009, 09:06 AM   #3
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Yes. The new release of FCS (2009) is functionally superior to the earlier FCS2 release. It's not what you might call a night and day kind of difference for many of us, more of a disappointing incremental update, but nonetheless each app in the package is better than its earlier incarnations ... and at only $299 its a steal.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 09:38 AM   #4
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live type..

Luckily live type doesn't go away with a straight upgrade. Mine is still intact after upgrading last night... I however, did not do an uninstall first.

Just in case any one was wondering if they would lose livetype...

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Old July 31st, 2009, 09:53 AM   #5
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Some of the new features are not an incremental update. Adding things like media management takes a lot of code. 3D shadows and reflections isn't exactly a few simple lines of code either. I bet you there was just as many man hours and lines of code in this update as there was when FCS2 came out. They just don't jump out as much.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 10:34 AM   #6
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Faster rendering in FCP?

Weird, but I re-rendered a ProresHQ sequence that had a lot of Motion content, I didn't time it with FCP6, but it was quicker (noticeably) with FCP7.... don't know what is with that.
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I did a complete uninstall of FCS2 and after installing the upgrade ran Applejack.

Overall the programs feel more "snappy" imagination? perhaps, we'll see.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 10:39 AM   #7
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One more opinion.....I just upgraded from an old 1.5 ghz G4 powerbook to
a quad core 2.66 (2009 Nehalem).....I know I should have went for the octo core but in I just
couldn't quite swing it and this computer is BLAZING compared to my old one (of course).
So I had to upgrade my FCP from 4.5. Let's see, would I upgrade to FC Studio 2 for
$699 or this new version for $299? Hmmm :-) That's the one thing we seem to be
forgetting here.......the price is good....especially if you have an older version of FCP.
I too am disappointed in Apple for not making this a better update. At the same time,
at this point I can upgrade for $299 or go to Adobe for $1600? I'm sure at some
point in the future, if Apple continues in this direction I will be making a change. But
for right now, in this economy, I'm sticking with FCP for a little while longer....
especially since clients seem to be taking longer and longer (4 or 5 months at least)
to pay their bills.....it kinda hurts the cash flow. To me, it seems like Motion is the
app that really got some nice things. It is a really powerful 'after effects lite' now.
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