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Old August 1st, 2009, 08:23 AM   #1
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Upgrade to FCS3-Keeping old version? Tiger

Hi All,

Just wondering about the new FCS3 upgrade. Has anyone installed it on an Intel machine with Tiger ? Will it work??

Anyway to install on my laptop which runs Leopard.. and be able to keep FCS2, and to also install FCS3 on same system ??

Thanks !!
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Old August 1st, 2009, 01:06 PM   #2
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Mike, I tried to install it on Tiger. No dice. I ended up running out to Best Buy to get Leopard for $129. According to Apple it will only cost $29 to upgrade to Snow Leopard in Sept.
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Old August 1st, 2009, 01:09 PM   #3
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Mike Moncrief---Hi All,

Just wondering about the new FCS3 upgrade. Has anyone installed it on an Intel machine with Tiger ? Will it work??

--- No. See the system requirements here: Apple - Final Cut Studio - Tech Specs and System Requirements

Anyway to install on my laptop which runs Leopard.. and be able to keep FCS2, and to also install FCS3 on same system ??

--- No. Dual versions on the same machine would be forced to use the same resource forks in the OS which would cause both versions to either crash when opened or, cause every sequence created to become corrupted when you opened the next project.

By default, FCS looks for previous installations and wants to overwrite them to the new standard eliminating the duality.

However, you could create a physically separate partition on the drive, install the OS and then install whichever version of FCS you want there and keep the two versions on separate partitions. BUT, this would also require that you'd be forced into keeping separate resources folders, both the default cache files etc. and your projects. And since the built-in media manager in FCP is completely incapable of that high-level management you'd be forced into managing every file and resource manually. Not recommended even for the uber-techno-geekus.

Bottom line: Don't attempt a duality of FCS.
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One of the great beauties of OS X is that you can boot your operating system off other drives. Just install OS X and the new final cut on an external drive and boot off that... your main drive will remain safe.

The other beauty of Mac is that you can clone your drive and boot off that backup. Make a backup clone of your system regularly. If your main drive crashes, you can boot off the clone and be back at work instantly.

And combining these two, you can clone your system, boot off the clone, and upgrade to 10.5 and FCS3 on it and see if everything works. Then clone it back to your main drive when you're secure that everything's working.

Disk Utility makes disk images, as does Carbon Copy Cloner and others.
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