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- June 9, 2007 at 9:56 AM #39656AnonymousInactive
I just graduated high school and I wish to pursue a career in Video Production. I have been a pc user all of my life, but now I want to switch to macs for obvious reasons. I want a computer that will run final cut pro smoothly. I got about 1000 dollars for graduation, but I was hoping to save some of it. However, I really want a computer that will run FCP well and will last me awhile. I can get a dual 2.7ghz g5 with 4.5gb of ram and 500gb hard drive for 1300. Or I could get a dual 1.25ghz g4 with 768 mb of ram and a 120gb hard drive for 500. What should I do, should I spend all of my money and get the sweet g5 or should I start out with the g4 and work my way up? I need help, please help as soon as possible. Thanks
Don’t forget that FCP is another $1,000 by itself!
Video editing demands a powerful computer. Your $500 option just won’t cut it. However, with only $1000 to work with, you may want to consider alternatives. For example, how powerful is your pc? I don’t want to start a heated discussion, but a powerful pc can certainly perform quality video editing. I use a pc, and I know others who make a living doing videography who use pc’s.
Hope this helps.
No I totally understand what you are saying about PC’s, but I want to get into the movie and tv business and the industry standard appears to be MAC so I am going that route, because in addition to FCP, it can also run avid and premiere
Another option to consider is how long have you been doing videography?
Have you produced anything yet?
Did any work that you have gotten paid for?
The reason I ask these questions is that if you are just starting to produce video it would be advisable to use what you have until you out grow it or unless it is not capable to do what you need to do.
Many people produce great video on PCs and on G4s… however it depends upon what it is that you are trying to do.
A good rule of thumb is… do not buy technology because it is the best availible but buy according to YOUR NEEDS.
The fact that you are not sure as to what to in an indication that you may need to think through your immediate needs
Save your money for other things you may need: cams, lights, software, mixers, mics, etc.
And as your video production capabilities grow you will gain income to buy better equipment.
I disagree with Sierranomad about the $500 rig. While it may not be the fastest and smoothest option, it will definitely run FCP. At least for short term, this may be a good option to get you started.
Rick has a great point. Don’t spend more money to get the latest technology just because it is the latest technology.