I'm about to be between editing jobs and am finally ready to upgrade to FCP Studio2 with Motion3. My video card - ATI Radeon 9650 - I realize is at the lowest end of the system specs. I do not do a ton of graphics or plan on heavy duty 3D in the near future. If I do simple slates, lower thirds, some simple animation or graphics using pre built templates am I still setting myself up for a rough ride? I have 4GB's of RAM.
Thanks for anyone's experience or advice.
Dual 2.7 GHz G5, 4GB RAM, ATI Radeon 9650, Xserve RAID, AJA IO, 2 20" Cinema Display, FCP 5.1.2, OS X10.4.8
The ATI Radeon 9650 isn't fast by today's standards, but if I'm not mistaken it comes with 256MB of VRAM and that should let you work with HD-sized frames at 8-bit fairly well.
If you're planning to use built-in or third-party plug-ins based on FxPlug, keep in mind that you may get an error message that says "failed to render at the current size, etc..." when working with HD-sized frames.
If that ever happens, switch your Sequence Settings > Video Processing option to "Render in 8-bit YUV" and you should be able to render fine.
AFAIK, the only Sequence presets that comes with high-precision rendering enabled by default are the (new) ProRes presets.