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Old February 23rd, 2007, 01:08 PM   #1
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Best spec for FCP STUDIO on Powerbook Pro

I would like to establish which is the ideal entry spec for a Powerbook Pro using Final Cut Studio platform. I know the requirements listed on Apple's site, sometimes they list the very minimum requirements, I found that sometimes minimum is not enough.

Also, if anyone has a Powerbook with FCP Studio & wishes to sell let me know please.

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Old February 23rd, 2007, 02:33 PM   #2
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I am assuming you mean a MacBook Pro. The larger the screen, the better, the more memory installed, the better and of course the faster the computer, the better. Otherwise, all MacBook Pro models are sufficient to do excellent FCP work with.
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Old February 24th, 2007, 05:32 PM   #3
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I am looking for a second-hand macbook pro & keep coming across second-hand notebooks & seller says 12 month warranty. Doesn't warranty normally start from the time of purchase that is on the receipt? When I ask when did you buy, they say 1 month, 2 months, 2 weeks, etc.

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Old February 24th, 2007, 05:41 PM   #4
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It's really hard for us to explain when we don't know anything about the specific computers you're looking at. But, for example, Apple sells an extended warranty known as "Applecare". It is transferable, and any remaining coverage could be used by you if you purchase a machine such as this.

For more information, see the following: http://www.apple.com/support/products/

But yes, warranty coverage begins on your date of purchase, and Applecare extends the normal factory warranty period.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 02:09 AM   #5
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You can also try refurbished systems to save money instead of just buying from people. A little funny thing is if you get it from Apple it might come with a free upgrade like mine had 2GB of RAM instead of just 1. Turns out Apple doesn't take the time to downgrade returned and refurbished systems! So you will get AT LEAST what you order, but may get more.

On the Apple store go to the bottom right and look for the red tag sale.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 03:16 PM   #6
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Is there much difference in performance between 2.33 Dual 2 Core and 2.16 Dual Core chips? I found 2.16 (great deal), but concerned about the difference in performance, everything else is same spec.
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Is there much difference in performance between 2.33 Dual 2 Core and 2.16 Dual Core chips? I found 2.16 (great deal), but concerned about the difference in performance, everything else is same spec.
Yes, the difference is .17. Are you planning to do a lot of rendering? A hard question to answer sometimes but that's where the difference might be important. Less than 10% time saved with these numbers. But some chip differences might make the numbers unreliable, the Core 2 chips probably have some extra benefits. However, for general editing, the 2.16 Dual Core is fine.
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