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James Eckhouse
G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 28, 2008 at 11:18:10 pm

Finally switching from Avid Express Pro on my PC to FCut.
About to buy a friend's G5. Never had a Mac before.
Wondering if a G5 with Intel Dual 2.5, 8 gigs ram
will be sufficient for smallish projects using Final Cut Studio 2
Any help on this will be hugely appreciated!
Thank you,
James


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walter biscardi
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 29, 2008 at 12:33:10 am

[James Eckhouse] "Wondering if a G5 with Intel Dual 2.5, 8 gigs ram
will be sufficient for smallish projects using Final Cut Studio 2
Any help on this will be hugely appreciated!"


You need to clarify this machine. A G5 runs the PowerPC Processor. The Intel processors are on the Mac Pros.

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Boyd McCollum
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 29, 2008 at 1:02:56 am

If it's the Mac Pro, it should work well for "smallish" projects in FCS 2. I'd recommend getting a good graphics card.


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Phil Balsdon
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 29, 2008 at 1:06:11 am

Either way G5 Dual or Mac Pro Intel it should work fine for your "smallish projects" requirement.

I'm running the full FCS2 (including Motion and Color) on a G5 Dual 2.7 with 4.5Gb RAM. Occasionally I use the second internal E-Sata drive as my media drive but most of the time it runs fine on Firewire 800 external RAID. Motion runs a little slow but is okay if you follow all the rules.

Most of my work is with Uncompressed 8 bit PAL, DV PAL or HDV 720p which I import as Apple Pro Res SQ.

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Arnie Schlissel
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 29, 2008 at 1:08:56 am

You can definately run FCS2 on a G5 dual 2.5 (PPC). I run it on one myself. You'll probably want at least 4GB of RAM, & try to find an ATI X800 graphics card (they'll be very hard to find).

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James Eckhouse
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 29, 2008 at 2:43:10 pm

Thanks all for quck response.
Machine I am looking at is dual 2.5 G5.
(Now realize that is before the Intel chip)
Has 8 MEGs of RAM which sounds quite decent.
the Vid card is a RADEON ATI 9600 (seller says it has 256MEGS)...
Is that adequate?

(At this point I'm working with "smallish" DV projects. Docs shot with XL2's. Assuming I might need something added to the system if I move into HD)
Regards, James



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walter biscardi
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 29, 2008 at 3:04:46 pm

[James Eckhouse] "Is that adequate?"

More than adequate. We were still cutting one-hour HD Documentaries with our G5 Dual 2.0 until we retired that machine last week with our G5 Quad 2.5. I used that Dual 2.0 for almost 4 years cutting everything from short documentaries to network HD broadcasts. It will render slower than the current machines, but you can run Studio 2 just fine on there.


[James Eckhouse] "(At this point I'm working with "smallish" DV projects. Docs shot with XL2's. Assuming I might need something added to the system if I move into HD)"

That would be an AJA Kona 2 or a Kona 3X, PCI-X cards. I actually am about to sell my Dual 2.0 that includes a Kona 2 card. If you're interested in that card, just email me off forum. It's more or less the same specs as the Kona 3X except it can't do the HD Cross Conversion.

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James Eckhouse
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 29, 2008 at 8:20:34 pm

Thanks Walter - very reassuring.
should probably wait on adding the Kona. Imagine it will take some time to retrain my PC/Avid addled ancient brain to Mac/Fcut format.
Enjoyed your site. Molly clearly overqualified...
Best, James



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walter biscardi
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 29, 2008 at 9:58:37 pm

[James Eckhouse] "Enjoyed your site. Molly clearly overqualified..."

Much appreciated.

[James Eckhouse] "Imagine it will take some time to retrain my PC/Avid addled ancient brain to Mac/Fcut format."

Here's an excellent book for transitioning from Avid to FCP:

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Pro-Training-Final-Editors/dp/0321515390/ref=sr...

Also, go into the Creative Cow Store and pick up Shane Ross' "Getting Organized in Final Cut Pro" DVD. Excellent strategies for working on a myriad of projects within FCP.





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Chris Borjis
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 30, 2008 at 4:04:12 pm


James be sure and check what type of slots you have,
there are a number of late model G5's dual & quad systems
that have PCI-E slots and not PCI-X.




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James Eckhouse
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 30, 2008 at 5:00:30 pm

Thank you Chris,
newbie here has to ask - what's difference between the two AND - what cards are the PCI slots on a MAC for generally?
James



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Chris Borjis
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jul 1, 2008 at 7:53:59 pm

[James Eckhouse] "what's difference between the two AND - what cards are the PCI slots on a MAC for generally?"

well, they are there for anything really: capture cards, sata interface etc...

the difference between PCI-E and PCI-X?

physically the PCI-E cards are usually a much shorter interface where they plugin, but they can be just as long as pci-x

PCI-E runs much faster and just about everything made now is for that interface.



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David Cooke
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jul 1, 2008 at 4:05:15 am

All G5's with sufficient ram will work fine. A good graphics card is
quite helpful, I'm on FCP 6.0.3 Quad 2.5 PPC, 16gigram, and still
haven't installed the XT1900 card I bought months ago. Been super
busy and still have the stock card the G5 came with. Knock on wood,
never had a problem, BUT I am only editing mini-dv footage right now.


D's Video


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Caite Adamek
Re: G5 for Final Cut Studio 2
on Jun 30, 2008 at 5:00:45 am

G5 suits my editing needs. However, a warning: if you are considering editing Red Camera projects in the future, you will need an Intel Mac to run the Red software.



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