i have an opportunity to purchase this system for 650 dollars... iwant it for final cut editing and wanna upgrade to final cut 6....would you pay for it? please help
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What kind of HD video do you need to edit? You may have to settle for a used Intel iMac with Final Cut Express, provided that Final Cut Express can edit the kind of HD that you need to work with.
A budget of $700 for both hardware and software is severely limiting your options. If I were you, I'd try to find some more money or wait until I could save enough to make a worthwhile purchase. Don't throw your money away on something that won't do what you need it to do.
Here is another thing to check out. Is the seller giving you the original software disc and the serial number. This is important because you would be able to upgrade FCS when you go to a newer system. That will get some of your money back. You could learn the software (if you don't know it yet) make some money and get an Intel system as soon as you can. They only flavor of HD this system is going to handle is DVCProHD.
So go into this with open eyes. If the original disc and ser # are not included it is really not a good deal. They are just leaving software on the system and probably using it on their newer system.
This is an old system, so it really cannot be upgraded.
So if you are just wanting a system to start editing and you are working with DV, or DVCProHD footage it will be "okay" but since the new FCS(3) 2009 will not run on this computer it is a dead end.
So long term it is not much of a machine. If you have the money it would be wise to get an Intel Mac. If you are really cash poor and need to edit and your needs are the codecs above it will work. Encoding wil be really slow also.
[billy muhammed]"I would be working with hd video so would rendering be a killer"
Rendering on a slow machine is a bit like watching water boil. So, the answer is, it's only slow if you watch it... Just defer you rendering until lunchtime, or do it over night.
However, like the others, I would suggest that your $700 investment is not a great investment, because spending money a non-Intel machine at this point is simply spending, it's not truly an investment.
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