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    Video Editing with a Mac Pro Questions
    HI Folks,

    Newbie here,

    I've never owned a Mac and have been using PC's and Leitch DPS hardware and software for video editing. Now I am thinking strongly about buying a Mac Pro and switching to Final Cut.

    Can anyone tell if this machine will perform properly for this ( I plan to buy it used)

    2 x 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    6GB RAM 667 DDR2 FB-DIMM
    1) 500GB Hard Drive
    2) 500GB Hard Drive
    3) 74GB Western Digital Raptor
    Radeon X1900 XT 512MB video card
    16x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Mac OS X Leopard
    AirPort Extreme Card

    I am also concernede about the video card as I've heard mixed reviews.

    And finally, how does one view or preview video on an analogue Television monitor, output to a VCR etc without an additional card? Is that possible?

    Currently using a Canon XL1 and I assume I can capture to the computer via firewire, but is there any viewing features from the timeline to watch what I'm doing without purchasing another card or some type of Firewire to analogue converter.

    Hope some kind soul can help before I take the plunge.


    Rick Davis

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    Jun 25, 2005
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    That is a high level pro system so it should be fine. Look into if there is a hardware test function on the original install DVD that came with the system. You would prefer to run those tests when buying used.

    Firewire is the way for DV tape cameras. I really didn't understand the rest of that question.

    Apple has a cable gadget that allows DVI to a TV. I suspect you are looking for another answer though. There are some inexpensive cards that pros use for both input and output.

    You might want to hold off until you do some more research and feel comfortable with your answers.
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    Jun 11, 2008
    the way you would use the tv for viewing is by using your xl1 just like any dvcam deck. FireWire from the camera and in... I ***-u-me you will be on final cut... In the prefrences of final cut set the preview to dv FireWire device. Out of the camera you use RCA to your tv. It will work.

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