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Linda Schodowsky July 18th, 2004 11:40 AM

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.

Dave Perry July 18th, 2004 11:58 AM

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.

Jeremiah Hall July 18th, 2004 03:20 PM

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.

Linda Schodowsky July 18th, 2004 03:25 PM

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!

Dennis Parker July 23rd, 2004 06:01 AM

Just wanted to add that I use FCE on an emac with superdrive...and I'm really happy with it!!!!!

eMac's rule!

Dave Perry July 23rd, 2004 06:12 AM

I can't wait to get my eMac. They are great machines and pretty much put to rest the "Macs are too expensive" misconception.

Mark Whalen July 23rd, 2004 06:21 AM

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.

Linda Schodowsky July 23rd, 2004 11:57 AM

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!

Jeremiah Hall July 24th, 2004 08:10 AM

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.

Matt Elias August 2nd, 2004 02:13 PM

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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