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Old April 14th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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FCP on Macbook (not Pro)?

I need to do lots of file conversion to ProRes format, so I need a Mac. I see a Macbook on CraigsList that I'm considering. Comes with FCP3. All for $800

Apple Macbook 2.26GHz 250GB 4GB

Same model as:

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MacBook-MC207LL-13-3-Inch-Laptop/dp/B002QQ8EKO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
I know it doesn't have firewire like the Pro, but will it actually run FCP?

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Old April 14th, 2010, 10:52 PM   #2
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Technically yes, but since the video card is minimalistic at best and, you have no reliable method for connecting an external HDD for editing (USB is not nearly as stable as FW for editing) you'd be much better off finding a deal on a 15" inch MacBook Pro, either unibody or the previous generation.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 09:18 AM   #3
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I have FCS running on a current MacMini and it's doing fine. Granted this isn't a heavy lifting system but It certainly can edit. The Mini has Firewire though.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 09:30 AM   #4
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You can not run Final Cut Pro on a Mac book, It says right on the apple site. And if you could pro res renders would be horrendous.
I run the older Final Cut Pro on my power book, but a friend of mine bought a mac book just to find it wouldn't run FCS 2. Did they change this with studio 3?
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Old April 15th, 2010, 04:01 PM   #5
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Actually I found a local 17" Macbook Pro for the same price that already has Final Cut Studio 2 (FCP 6) already installed. Checking it out tonight!

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Old April 16th, 2010, 03:28 PM   #6
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Actually I went with 15" Pro with FCP7. First Mac!

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