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I just recently purchased a macbook pro. I am a film student and am wondering if I should try and get a hold of FCP or if express will do fine. As a student, I obviously don't have much money to be spending on this sort of thing. Anyone ever used both? What are the major differences?
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well if money is an issue i assume express would make more sense, but pro comes witht final cut studio which includes motion etc.
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studio does not come with pro.. pro comes with studio.

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i meant that pro comes as a part of studio
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Final Cut Studio also has a student discount price. Which is what I have now, Final Cut Studio 5 academic version.
It all depends on what you actually need. I for one, find myself only using FCP and DVD Studio. I also fool around with the Soundtrack program as well. I bought studio just in case however, cause you never know.

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go to http://www.apple.com/finalcut/

scroll down to were the comparison is and make up your mind from that...

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Would a 2ghz MacBook with 2gigs of Ram be more than enough to run Final Cut Express well? Would the screen size be proficient for viewing projects?
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Would a 2ghz MacBook with 2gigs of Ram be more than enough to run Final Cut Express well? Would the screen size be proficient for viewing projects?

The 2ghz macbook with 2gb would run final cut express great...
the 13" screen is ok.. it is widescreen- good, it is 13"- bad

goto the apple store and try out final cut express on a macbook, for screen size only..



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I recently purchased a MacBook, it's the 2.0GHz model with an 80gb HD and only 1gb of memory. I was curious, would it run Final Cut Pro? I know it wouldn't run it GREAT... but, would it even RUN? I know the MacBook graphics "chips" aren't so... great... so, just wondering.
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I just recently purchased a macbook pro. I am a film student and am wondering if I should try and get a hold of FCP or if express will do fine. As a student, I obviously don't have much money to be spending on this sort of thing. Anyone ever used both? What are the major differences?
It's all in the name "Express" and "Pro"! Being a film student go Pro because it has all the extra features you will need.
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I recently purchased a MacBook, it's the 2.0GHz model with an 80gb HD and only 1gb of memory. I was curious, would it run Final Cut Pro? I know it wouldn't run it GREAT... but, would it even RUN? I know the MacBook graphics "chips" aren't so... great... so, just wondering.
I run Pro on an ibook. It should work for you too.
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sursuciofla-as a student, what sort of features in pro are you using that are unavailable in express?
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