Thursday, June 02, 2011

Are you ready for Final Cut Pro X?

Are you ready for Final Cut Pro X? Here's your check list:
[ ] Do you have a Mac?
Seriously, if you have Windows and were thinking Final Cut Pro X would be released for Windows, think again!

[ ] Do you have a Mac with an Intel Core Duo 2 processor or better?
You better, because it won't run on the Core Duo*

[ ] Do you have Snow Leopard?
You have to have Snow Leopard.
If you're still running Leopard, then maybe you should wait until June 6th for the World Wide Developer's Conference, when Apple will explain when Lion will arrive, and how much it will cost. You might want to save the $30: Mac OS X version 10.6.3 Snow Leopard

[ ] Do you have at least 10GB free on your application/systems disk?
We don't know how big the package will be, but it's a good guess that if you have less than 10GB free on your hard drive, you're going to have to do some tidying up before you can install. Even 10GB might not be enough...

[ ] Do you have an Apple account?
You'll need one to buy it through the App Store...if you have an iTunes account, that's the same thing. If you've been avoiding iTunes like the plague, you'll have to set one up.

[ ] Do you have $299 available on your credit card?
That's what they say it will cost. Plus State tax.

[ ] Do you have patience?
We still don't know when in June it will be released.

We also don't know if it will be before or after the release of Lion. And while we've been told that Lion won't be required to run Final Cut Pro X, there is a possibility that Lion will be announced and available at the World Wide Developers Conference before Final Cut Pro X.

Why is that significant? It's significant because there are rumors that Lion will be released through the App Store too. Whichever comes first; whether it's the release of Final Cut Pro X, or Lion at the App Store, one of those two things will be the first time the Apple App Store service will really be challenged by lots of people trying to download a big amount of content at the same time.

Now I'm sure Apple has it all together, and there won't be problems like there were that time they rolled out the iPhone 3G... But just in case, you know, be prepared for it to take a while to get a hold of Final Cut Pro X even when it's finally released.
See also: NotesOnVideo: Final Cut Pro X @ the May BOSFCPUG & BOSDLSR Mixer

* If you only have a Core Duo II, you might want to consider getting a Mac with more core's, because finally Final Cut Pro X can make use of them using Grand Central Dispatch.

[UPDATE: Corrected date of WWDC to 6th]

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