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Old October 11th, 2006, 01:17 AM   #1
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For learning FCS: Macbook vs Pro

I know my way around Premiere and some other PC NLE programs, but I see a lot of job offers looking specifically for FCP expertise. Assuming I want to learn FCP and the other Studio programs (Motion, Soundtrack, etc.) for the purpose of becoming system-independant and filling out my resume, do you think I could get by learning on a Macbook, or do I need a Macbook Pro?

I've heard conflicting statements about Final Cut Studio on the Macbook. Some people say everything works fine and its just a little slow, but I also read a comment that said Motion won't even install on a Macbook. Apple says they only support FCE on the Macbook, as if FCP/FCS won't work at all.(!?)

Is there anyone running all of the Final Cut Studio programs on a Macbook that can confirm that everything works reasonably well? At least for the purpose of learning the software (nothing too serious or urgent)? Thanks!

P.S. I will be working with HDV and DV footage. If I get the Macbook, it will probably be the 2GHz with at least 1GB of RAM, maybe 2GB. If I get the Macbook Pro, I might have to stick with 1GB for a while to save money. I already have some fast external drives so HD space is not a concern.
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Old October 11th, 2006, 02:42 AM   #2
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Go for the Pro. You won't regret it.
(We have both here)

I bought a FW 800 card for the MBP to have two independent buses and to run FW drives. No hickups.

No issuses with Motion.

Simply works (and I really dislike the shiny MB screen for editing)

You will miss the other Gb of RAM pretty soon in either case, but that's upgradeable, the mainboard isn't.

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Old October 11th, 2006, 04:22 PM   #3
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MacBook Pro. No question.
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