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Clint Nitkiewicz Hernandez
Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:38:44 pm

I dont mean worth the upgrade by means of money, but means of quality and bugs, speed, efficiency, etc.

I am in the middle of editing a feature film using fcp 6.5. I will be coloring in the next few months using color, but I want to use 1.5 as I learned that it processes much better and gives better quality with enhanced features, etc. I read the release notes on color 1.5 and its really worth it to me. However I need to upgrade from os x 10.5 to Leopard to do so.

So my question is,

Will Leopard or Leopard snow be the best solution? I want what would be least buggy, fastest, and most compatible with fcp 7 and color 1.5 as I will upgrade to those as soon as I have the new leopard.

Keep in mind my fcp projects are all 6.5 at the moment, and I am in the middle of editing a feature. But at this point the 6.5 is taking its toll and crashing a lot as the project is more heavy and intense now, so would the new leopard or leopard snow relieve some of that?

Thanks.

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Warren Eig
Re: Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:58:05 pm

First, you don't have to upgrade to Snow Leopard, second, buy an in expensive SATA HD drive and do a clean install of Snow Leopard or Regular plain old Leopard and see if you like it.

Make a copy of your project and open it on the new FCP 7. Is it okay, intact? Then you are good to go.

If not, boot back up from your original untouched unmodified HD.

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Shane Ross
Re: Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Nov 18, 2009 at 11:08:04 pm

I concur wholeheartedly. New drive...fresh OS (stick with Leopard), fresh FCS 3 install. So you have your original system JUST in case.



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Clint Nitkiewicz Hernandez
Re: Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Nov 18, 2009 at 11:24:54 pm

Thanks Shane, are you refering to Leopard Snow or Leopard? Which is better for FCP and Color? Im coming from 10.4.

Thanks for the idea on that Warren. So put a new drive in, install the new os to that drive. So I can run 2 different OS? My original 10.4 on drive 1, and on drive 2 Leopard snow? Would I tell it at bootup which one I want to run? I have 3 harddrives in my mac at the moment, drive 1 has the os, when I install the new os leopard on a new drive it wont touch any of the files on the other drives? Or do I havde to back those up as well?

Does anyone have experience with Quicktime X? That just seems weird to me, I assume it has the same functions as Quicktime Pro? Would I need to buy a new license to export out of Quicktime X?

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Shane Ross
Re: Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Nov 18, 2009 at 11:29:34 pm

Oh God, I'd avoid Snow Leopard. No gains anywhere, with many possible incompatibilites with software. No reason to go SL yet, so I recommend plain old Leopard.



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walter biscardi
Re: Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Nov 18, 2009 at 11:31:20 pm

[Shane Ross] "Oh God, I'd avoid Snow Leopard. No gains anywhere, with many possible incompatibilites with software. No reason to go SL yet, so I recommend plain old Leopard."

Ditto. SL is only on my laptop. All 4 of our editing workstations are running Leopard and humming right along. Zero reasons for me to upgrade the workstations right now.



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Ben Holmes
Re: Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Nov 19, 2009 at 9:26:50 am

All 3 of my tower systems are running Leopard with latest FCP updates - working week in and week out without a single problem. Can't remember the last time I saw a crash.

Absolutely no reason to upgrade to SL.

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Arnie Schlissel
Re: Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Nov 19, 2009 at 3:44:04 am

I'm working on an 8 core with Snow Leopard. Everything seems to be working fine. I waited until there were new drivers for the Decklink before I upgraded, though.

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Peter Corbett
Re: Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Nov 19, 2009 at 11:21:12 am

I bought my new 8-core Mac Pro last week and it came pre-installed with Snow Leopard, so no choice for me. It seems okay.

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Banks Meador
Re: Final Cut Pro 7, Color 1.5, and Leopard Snow, buggy or worth upgrade?
on Jan 19, 2010 at 1:34:26 pm

I'm running FC Studio 3 on 10.5. I just moved over to Mac/FCP several months ago from a PC running XP and Avid Liquid Chrome.

Generally I've been very pleased, but render performance is dismal (1920x1080 AVCINTRA natively via MXF4MAC rendering to PRORES 422 standard quality mostly) and system responsiveness is less than desirable from time to time (several spinning wheels of colored death).

Would I not benefit from an upgrade to the 64 bit OS in both areas? Is the risk of upgrading not worth the potential reward?

Thanks for the insight!

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