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about to get a Mac - have a couple of questions

by videoguy220 / August 11, 2005 1:56 PM PDT

Hello everyone. I'm about to jump over from the dark side to a dual 2.0 G5 with 1 gig of ram. First of all, I'm assuming that this will be good enough to run Final Cut Studio which I'm also ordering with it. If not, please let me know.
My main question is regarding the video card; I'm thinking of the Radeon 9600Xt or the 9650 and the difference is only 59 dollars or something. I remember reading somewhere that the 9600XT was better than the more expensive one for some reason. Does anyone know about this or is it fake?

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by damasta55r / August 11, 2005 2:52 PM PDT

Gaming wise-those cards really suck. Get the 6800ultra. lol. About your question, believe the 9650 is better.


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gaming isn't a huge issue for me
by videoguy220 / August 11, 2005 3:02 PM PDT
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In terms of gaming I'm not too concerned, as long as they're fine with Motion since I believe it's the most graphics intesnive program in the bundle. I can't really afford the best video card, but is there anyone who has used final cut studio with the configurations I'm intersted in?

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Just a comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 12, 2005 12:14 AM PDT

Ask about the upgrade cost to Final Cut HD. Or the HD versions. Someone had some educational Final Cut version and was nonplused to find out it could not be upgraded. I am not familiar with the rules in such cases, but given the direction of TV land, you'll have HD capabilities.


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Final Cut Pro
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 12, 2005 4:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a comment.

This program is already has HD capabilities, as does iMovie which is shipped with all new Macs, so there is no upgrade involved.
Apple does not "hobble" their software when it is sold as an Education package, so the "someone" may have misunderstood. Ed Packages carry the same licence as the regular one.
I just checked the Apple store and it shows an upgrade path for all the Final Cut/Final Cut Studio products.


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Always good to know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 12, 2005 4:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Final Cut Pro

I can't know all the particulars since the owner never showed me their CDs or such so I have to take it at their word they had what they claimed.

No I'm a bit wiser and will be able to help them better the next time.

-> I wonder if they had some pirated copy. You just never know.


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Mac - have a couple of questions
by jcrobso / August 12, 2005 3:59 AM PDT

Well video editing dose not need a high end video card.
Since rendering the video is processor intesive task not a video card task.
The stock card that came with my G4 does the job. But I did up the memory to 748mb.
I agree with Bob thing about the HD version. John

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Already ordered Final Cut Studio
by videoguy220 / August 12, 2005 5:31 AM PDT

I just ordered FInal Cut Studio (so exited:), and I'm buying my Mac tomorrow at the Apple store.
I'm still wondering about the video card however. I did a Google search for it and apparently the 9650 is slower than the 9600XT, but has more memory. I am planning to use Motion 2 along with FCP, which I hear IS dependant on the video card for performance. Has anyone here tried motion with the 9600 or the 9650?

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