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Old July 18th, 2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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e-Mac for FCP or FCExpress

Anyone here use Final Cut Pro or Express with an eMac? I plan on getting the Express soon and wonder how it would perform on my eMac.
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Old July 18th, 2004, 12:58 PM   #2
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I use FCP on a G3 iBook 800 and it works great! A 1.25 gHz eMac will run it even better. As a matter of fact I plan to get am eMac as well. You can get a refurbished 1.25 gHz with Super Drive for $849 at the Apple Store.
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Old July 18th, 2004, 04:20 PM   #3
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I'm using 4.5 on a 1.25 ghz eMac with no problems. I use two firewire drives for capture and render (giving me about 200 gig).

A couple of months ago I used a 700 mhz eMac with Final Cut Express and never had any problems with that setup either. But the renders are faster with the 1.25 ghz.
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Old July 18th, 2004, 04:25 PM   #4
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Thanks Jeremiah...

That's good to know. My eMac only has 700mhz.

Thanks Dave... that is where I plan to shop when I make my next upgrade!
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 07:01 AM   #5
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Just wanted to add that I use FCE on an emac with superdrive...and I'm really happy with it!!!!!

eMac's rule!
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 07:12 AM   #6
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I can't wait to get my eMac. They are great machines and pretty much put to rest the "Macs are too expensive" misconception.
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 07:21 AM   #7
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I've run FCE on an eMac 800 w/Superdrive and 512MB RAM for almost 2 years now: never had a problem (although rendering composite images can take a bit longer than with the newer, faster machines).

What I've found helpful is to have the application on the startup drive, and the video and media stuff on a second drive. That way you have two drives working in concert for rendering and playback.
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 12:57 PM   #8
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Thanks guys...

My eMac originally came with only 128 ram... I've since upgraded it to 384 ram... still a bit slow. And, as I said.. it's processor is 700mh. I don't have a super drive, so I have to add that on. My mac is the older versin of the eMac.

It's good to know these things. Before I buy FCE, I will need to add on a drive, at the very least. Thanks again!
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Old July 24th, 2004, 09:10 AM   #9
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You might also want to max out the ram. I was running my first machine with 768 megs, then maxed it to a full gig and got better results from rendering and playback.

It's nice to know I'm not the only one running FCP and DVDSP on an eMac.
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Old August 2nd, 2004, 03:13 PM   #10
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I used an eMac in a FCP workshop a few weeks ago. Rendering was time consuming, but thats coming from a dual G4 user...
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