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Jamie McKernan
Sony Vegas or Final Cut Pro X
on Jun 17, 2015 at 7:58:30 am

I've been editing in Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12, and I'm saving up for something more advanced. I quite like SVMS and it is easy to use. I'm thinking about buying a Mac and getting FCPX but I don't know whether it will be easy to use. I have more experience with PC's but I have used Macs before (for music production). I want to know is it worth getting a Mac and FCPX? Because my current PC is only 4GB RAM and 2.5Ghz quad core. I could do with more storage space and the time-machine feature on a mac. The Mac would help me with music-production at home because I can currently only do it at school on their Macs. Should I get a Mac and how easy would Final Cut Pro X be to use after moving from movie studio? P.S I am a faster learner, so I am willing.


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John Rofrano
Re: Sony Vegas or Final Cut Pro X
on Jun 17, 2015 at 7:36:36 pm

[Jamie McKernan] "I'm thinking about buying a Mac and getting FCPX but I don't know whether it will be easy to use."
Extremely easy because FCP X is a LOT like Vegas Pro. If I had to guess, I'd say the FCP X developers studied Vegas Pro and took a lot of great features from it. I had no problem picking up FCP X after using Vegas Pro for years. There are still some things Vegas Pro does better, but switching between the two is easy. Buy some training from Ripple Training and you'll be editing on FCP X in no time at all.
[Jamie McKernan] "I want to know is it worth getting a Mac and FCPX?"
No one can make that determination but you. I can only tell what I did and after using a PC for 30+ years and editing with Vegas Pro for 12 years, I sold all of my PC's and bought Mac's and I use FCP X all the time and have no regrets. The best part is, I didn't have to leave Vegas Pro behind. I can still use Vegas Pro with VMware Fusion right on my Mac desktop or I can reboot with Bootcamp and use Vegas Pro natively.

Here is Vegas Pro running on my Mac desktop:



[Jamie McKernan] "The Mac would help me with music-production at home because I can currently only do it at school on their Macs. "
That's a big reason to switch. Most colleges with creative programs use Macs and you're kind of the odd guy out of you don't have one. My son is attending college for Graphics Design and all of their labs have Macs. In fact, he's taking a Photography class at another local college over the summer and their labs all have Macs. If he still had a PC he would be the odd-ball having to drive to school to do his homework. I'm glad we switched all of our computers to Macs a few years back.
[Jamie McKernan] "Should I get a Mac and how easy would Final Cut Pro X be to use after moving from movie studio?"
IMHO, you can't go wrong getting a Mac because you can use FCP X and Movie Studio if you need to along with your music software that you use at school. There is no down side.

I picked up a 2010 Mac Pro 12-Core, 24GB memory, Radeon HD 5870, 6TB RAID 0, on eBay for $2275. I saw a 12-Core/16GB/HD5770 last night for $1999. You can get some really great 2010 Mac Pro deals right now.

~jr

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Jamie McKernan
Re: Sony Vegas or Final Cut Pro X
on Jun 17, 2015 at 8:25:09 pm

Hey, thanks. That's great advice. I will definitely switch once I've saved. I do like PC's a lot but it will most likely be worth it. Thanks for helping me make up my mind!

Just Remember, your are Unique, just like everyone else.


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John Rofrano
Re: Sony Vegas or Final Cut Pro X
on Jun 17, 2015 at 9:23:36 pm

You're welcome. Glad I could help. If you have more questions about which Mac to get or anything, just let me know.

~jr

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Jamie McKernan
Re: Sony Vegas or Final Cut Pro X
on Jun 18, 2015 at 7:36:00 am

Yeah, well I'm only 15 so getting $2000 isn't that easy for me. I was thinking about getting a job at 16 (because i'm in the UK) and saving up for a £530 ($800) refurbished iMac. Because i'm not that bothered about minor scratches and scuffs. It would be:
21.5" Screen
Intel Core i3
3.06Ghz
4GB RAM
500GB hard drive

Would this be enough for 1080p video editing (max)?
I mean, it's a better processor than my current, so i'd
expect it to be okay right?

Just Remember, your are Unique, just like everyone else.


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John Rofrano
Re: Sony Vegas or Final Cut Pro X
on Jun 18, 2015 at 11:55:54 am

[Jamie McKernan] "Yeah, well I'm only 15 so getting $2000 isn't that easy for me."
Ok, well setting a budget is the first step in any purchase decision so that's good to know. ;-)

You are on the right path with getting a used Mac. As I said there are some good deals to be had. I wouldn't get a Core i3, I would save up for at least a Core i5. The i3 is really underpowered for video editing. 4GB of memory is also on the low side for video editing. There are lots of Core i5 iMac's with 8GB of memory on eBay for around $500 - $700 USD.

Another thing to consider is a Mac mini! (I have one) If you already have a display and keyboard, you could get a used Apple Mac Mini (mid 2011) 2.3GHz Core i5 8GB RAM for around $300 USD on eBay or a brand new one for $499 USD from Apple. In fact the new $699 USD Mac Mini has an Intel Core i5 2.6GHz Processor, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive, Intel Iris Graphics. You just need to add a display and keyboard and you'll have a brand new computer. I agree that the iMac is a better deal because the displays are really sharp but don't overlook the mini if you are on a tight budget.

So just to recap: You are looking for a Mac with at least a Core i5 with 8GB of memory. There are plenty of them in your price range. Don't get anything less.

~jr

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Jamie McKernan
Re: Sony Vegas or Final Cut Pro X
on Jun 18, 2015 at 3:07:12 pm
Last Edited By Jamie McKernan on Jun 18, 2015 at 3:07:30 pm

Ok thanks! I will definitely keep the Mac Mini in mind when doing price comparisons! Thanks so much for your advice!

Just Remember, your are Unique, just like everyone else.


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John Rofrano
Re: Sony Vegas or Final Cut Pro X
on Jun 19, 2015 at 12:49:37 pm

You're welcome. Good luck!

~jr

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