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Chris Barnard
PC user switching to Mac and FCP
on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:14:35 pm

Hi all,

I've been using Adobe and Edius on PC's for some time now and have never used FCP.

I've been asked to shoot a large project and I need to switch to FCP for my clients.

I also need to upgrade my cameras. Essentially I am required to edit in FCP and the footage I will shoot will have to be full 1920 (no HDV!) and be no less than 35Mbps.

Currently I am shooting 1440 at 25Mbps (Sony Z5). I am thinking I will keep my Sony Z5's, and add the nano flash to the three cameras I have, so I will shoot in 1920 and at about 100Mbps.

My question is: Can I use a Macbook Pro for this task? - I will be travelling at lot whilst editing and I don't want to be tied to a desktop.

I'm NOT going to be doing much graphic work or working with effects on the video streams. I will need to edit 3 streams in a multicam setting. I understand that FCP can automatically set a proxy file at the highest level for the macbook's specs.

I was thinking that I would purchase the highest spec'd macbook pro and this might get the job done. Am I right?



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Jerry Hofmann
Re: PC user switching to Mac and FCP
on Jun 21, 2011 at 1:51:56 am

I should think it would work fine, as long as your scratch disk setup is fast enough. Right now, you'd want the 17" machine so you could add a fast eSATA array to it.


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