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Ruud den Ouden
what minimal requirements are there to run FCP 7, what Mac should I purchase
on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:22:41 am

I want to purchase FCP 7, not sure what the minimal requirements are to run FCP 7 . What Mac should I buy.


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: what minimal requirements are there to run FCP 7, what Mac should I purchase
on Feb 17, 2012 at 7:11:06 pm

The answer isn't that easy. You definitely will become frustrated with a very minimal setup, and you can also spend more than needed.

What format do you intend to edit, and do you have some sort of budget? There's also more to a setup than just a computer. You need scratch disks, and they should be fast enough for the format you intend etc... plus external video if you intend to properly color correct or TV consumption etc.

Jerry

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Ruud den Ouden
Re: what minimal requirements are there to run FCP 7, what Mac should I purchase
on Feb 18, 2012 at 12:43:26 pm

HI Jerry,
Thanks for your reply, I understand purchasing a mac or pc is always a matter of budget and usage. I have about € 1700,- (= $2235,-) to spent and do not need a fullblown fcp 7 version neither, edits i expect to make are not very demanding, simple cuts/dissolves may be some light gfx and text.I am looking for a 21,5 inch 2,7 GHz or a 27 inch 2,7 GHz iMac.
In case I need external harddrives , what kind do you recommend?
Thanks in advance, Ruud.


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: what minimal requirements are there to run FCP 7, what Mac should I purchase
on Feb 18, 2012 at 2:27:31 pm

Buy the fastest iMac you can, and you will need an external hard drive to use with the system for use as a scratch disk. MIght look at the Refurbs that Apple sells in the online store. Never seen a problem with them, and they have full warranty. Click on the "special deals" link in the Apple online store.

I'd look at CalDigit, iSTorage Pro, or G-Tech drives.

Jerry

Apple Certified Trainer, Producer, Writer, Director Editor, Gun for Hire and other things. I ski. My Blog: http://blogs.creativecow.net/Jerry-Hofmann

Current DVD:
http://store.creativecow.net/p/81/jerry_hofmanns_final_cut_system_setup

8-Core 3.0 Intel Mac Pro, Dual 2 gig G5, AJA Kona SD, AJA Kona 2, Huge Systems Array UL3D, AJA Io HD, 17" MBP, Matrox MXO2 with MAX - Cinema Displays I have a 22" that I paid 4k for still working. G4 with Kona SD card, and SCSI card.


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John Pale
Re: what minimal requirements are there to run FCP 7, what Mac should I purchase
on Feb 18, 2012 at 5:22:50 pm

Are you sure you really want to build a new FCP 7 system from the ground up?

You do know it's a dead product...end of life?

If you are not already invested in it, maybe the money is better spent on building a system for Avid, Adobe or even FCPX (if that works for you). All of them have free trials.


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