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Sakahara Atsushi
Please advise.FCP7.0, X or AdobeCC?
on Apr 17, 2016 at 1:55:29 pm

I am a director and making a feature length documentary for the first time.

I have dismissed my editor although we finished editing. Now I have to go for the second cut by myself.

He passed a Thunderbay 4 12TB, which contains whole data, edited by FCP7.0

I have an iMac in 2010 installed FCP. 7.0.

I thought I can use thunderbolt/firewire adapter, but I confirmed
iMac in 2010 doesn't work with Thunderbay 4 12TB...

I lost FCP. 7.0 disk when I moved...

If I edit it by myself, what is the best move?

I buy a new iMac and buy FCP. 7.0?

I buy a new iMac and buy FCP. X?


I buy a new iMac and buy Adobe CC?

I have a very tight budget now.

Please advise..

Thank you in advance.


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Robert Withers
Re: Please advise.FCP7.0, X or AdobeCC?
on Apr 18, 2016 at 4:25:36 pm

There are three factors that come in to play technically, not just the software and the hardware but also the operating system. For example, I'm working with a 2013 Macbook Pro running OS 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) that runs FCP7, PR CC, PR 1014, but won't run FCP X or CC 2015.

Some of the more recent operating systems won't run the older software--when you buy a new Mac you are buying the most recent OS.

Did your editor do any useful work on your film before you? parted ways? If you want to continue with a draft edit, maybe better stay in the same software.

The general word is that it's better not to switch software and OS in the middle of a project. I was able to switch an FCP7 project to a PR CC project, but am left with some problematic audio formatting because of the way FCP ingested the footage. I can't undo stereo tracks that were ingested and rough cut as dual mono.

Do you have experience cutting with any of these NLEs? I would imagine PR fairly easy to pick up from scratch--it seems a little more intuitive. But it can be hard to learn what all the little buttons mean in the interface, and which little buttons enable which procedures. The documentation is limited.

Best wishes.

Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema, New York City

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Sakahara Atsushi
Re: Please advise.FCP7.0, X or AdobeCC?
on Apr 18, 2016 at 4:40:54 pm

Thank you very much for your advice. I found FCP7.0 DVDs at home finally.

I will stick to it and see how it goes.


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