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A good friend of mine is an independent film maker and needs to get her hands on a Mac (pref. portable) to run Apple Edit Software called Final Cut Pro...since I know nothing about Macs, this software… Read More
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
A good friend of mine is an independent film maker and needs to get her hands on a Mac (pref. portable) to run Apple Edit Software called Final Cut Pro...since I know nothing about Macs, this software or how to get a free Mac for her, I said Of course, I'll help out!

D'oh!

Any ideas and or recs. would be VERY gratefully received!
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Free? You wont...even the older G models sell for a price...and ideally FInal Cut Pro needs a good system to be run on.
#2
nope no such thing, let her down gently lol.

maybe some ok macbook deals on older models if you look around, but
you'll still be paying hundreds

EDIT: you could get a dell mini netbook and load OSX
onto it, and then it could run final cut pro but you'd need to
do a bit of minor hacking first. just google it. again the netbook
would still cost about £150-£200
banned#3
I have seen the odd mac g3 at the tip... but they are what 12 years old> about as useful as a chocolate teapot

anything useful wont be free
#4
Thanks for the useful advice...and I thought I was going to get a load of abuse!

Can FCP be run on a PC in some sort of emulation mode (rather than loading OSX)? I'm guessing that the Dell Mini route may not have the horsepower...

Time to let her down gently then. :(
#5
It is possible to run Mac OS X in VMware, but it may break the licence conditions. googling will find you some ways of doing this, but nothing I'm prepared to link to here! But video editing needs all the CPU and hard disk speed it can get if you dont want it to be awful, so running through a VM definitely isnt the best idea.

Does it have to be Final Cut Pro? You might have more luck with something like Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows. If your friend is a student then there's some pretty decent educational discounts available.
#7
Thank you so much for these recs.

I will go and speak to these folks and hope for the best!

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