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David Smith
Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 25, 2013 at 3:35:18 am

I've held off from upgrading for a few years and I really can't wait any longer... I'm SCARED and need a little help.

I have:

4.1 Mac Pro 2009
8 GB of RAM
Snow Leopard 10.6.8
Resolve 8
Final Cut 7

- I just bought a Black Magic Cinema Camera and I need to upgrade to at least Resolve 9.

- I also really should upgrade the OS too - probably first. I'm not even sure which OS to upgrade to. I thought Mountain Lion was the latest - but I'm seeing Mavrick's on the website.

I've never upgraded an OS. When I bought this Mac Pro Snow Leopard came with it. I've never updated a OS on a PC either - so I'm not even sure what will happen... do I need to reinstall everything?

What about my configuration with my RAID, grading monitor, etc?

I don't really know where I should start... any guidance would be great.


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Paul Provost
Re: Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 25, 2013 at 5:08:51 am

Wow. That's quite a "retro" setup.
Ok, install a new drive in a spare bay in your Mac so you can leave the old one alone in case you need to go back (it's like a museum!)
On the new drive install mountain lion it's available at apple site. Then install resolve 10, fcp7, and any other software you have or need. Might want to think about fcpX or premiere...
Get more ram, 16gb at least. Be a good idea to upgrade your gpu now too. What have you got in there now?

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David Smith
Re: Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 25, 2013 at 5:49:10 am

Thanks for the help :)

The way you are suggesting might be a good idea. At least I'll be able to "revert" if I run into problems. And actually at the moment I really only need Resolve 9 or 10 up and running so I can start figuring out the BMCC workflow - I'll be using the camera next week.

I have the NVIDIA GeForce GT120 and the NVIDIA Quadro 4000

I looked for Mountain Lion at Apple but could not find it. I did find a DVD for $19.95. I'll call in the morning to see if there is still a download.

This will be painful, but it will feel good to have everything up to date.


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Paul Provost
Re: Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 25, 2013 at 7:20:39 am

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/10/24/apple-selling-20-os-x-lion-and-mountain...

Those gpu are slow now but will work
Get more ram for sure

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David Smith
Re: Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 25, 2013 at 3:05:24 pm

Ah Cool. The "add to cart" five minutes before I went to sleep threw me a little :) For some reason thought it meant shipping.

Thanks, saved me a trip to the Mac Store!


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David Smith
Re: Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:12:33 am

I bought Mountain Lion but for some crazy reason I will not receive the download code for up to 3 business days - So I might be Wednesday before I get it.

What about Mavericks? Anyone have any idea if that is working for all the peripheral software with Resolve yet?


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Eric Hansen
Re: Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 26, 2013 at 4:25:23 pm

I have the same Mac Pro and use it everyday, so I wouldn't worry about upgrading the machine at this time, but just about everything else should be upgraded as Paul points out.

Don't go to Mavericks yet, you'll just cause yourself (possible) headaches because it's too new. I had one client upgrade his system on the first day and he really screwed up the system - none of his third party stuff was working correctly, even when he installed the 10.9 specific drivers/apps from the vendors. It always takes a few months for new OS versions to shake out.

If you're serious about Resolve, the next thing I would upgrade after the RAM is the GPU. your 120/4k combo will feel like a dog. search this forum for advice on the cards.

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David Smith
Re: Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 26, 2013 at 6:00:01 pm

I just bought the BMCC camera so I need to upgrade to Resolve 9 - which means I need to upgrade to at least Lion/Mountain Lion.

For some crazy reason it takes 1-3 business days for Apple to email me the Mountain Lion unlock code.

As far as Mavericks is concerned - yeah, I just read a bunch of posts scaring me off of that.

So I guess I just need to sit around and wait for Apple to send me the code... which it causing a time crunch.

Oh, well. I can't see any other options at the moment.

Thanks for all the help :)


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Eric Hansen
Re: Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 26, 2013 at 6:17:38 pm

When Apple releases a new version of anything, they treat the old versions as if they never existed. When Mountain Lion was released, they no longer sold Lion on the App Store. This is starting to change somewhat, but it's extremely important that you save every app or OS you download or buy, because there's no guarantee that you'll be able to redownload it later. I take this one step further and save every OS update (the self-contained Combo updates). I have a 1TB drive full of app installers spread over multiple versions so i'm covered. I'm paranoid, but that's what my clients pay me for.

Mountain Lion 10.8.5 is definitely the most solid Mac OS for Resolve at this time.

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David Smith
Re: Jump from 2010 config to 2013
on Oct 27, 2013 at 2:25:58 am

I think I will start saving them myself .. .good idea :)


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