Running Final Cut Pro
So here is my dilemma. I do video work and just finished a year and a half long project using Sony Vegas for windows. During the job hunt I've discovered that having Final Cut Pro is a great asset. Unfortunately I know Sony Vegas like the back of my hand. I called a freelance agency and they basically said they only work with freelancers who run Final Cut "Call us back if you decide to get it."
So I've looked into it and I didn't realize how much of a monster mac has become. I don't own an I-phone or an I-pod or any mac stuff, but evidently they're like Big Brother! I have an HP Pavilion dv8 Entertainment PC - with an intel i7 core. - It runs great! So I asked the guy at Best Buy about Final Cut and he said you can't run final cut without Mac OSX - so I said can I buy Mac OSX and he said no you need a MAC! W.T.F they cost a small fortune! Evidently you can run anything Windows on Mac, but not the other way around. Also, I don't understand why Mac gets a small shrine at Best Buy.
Sorry I need some venting, Here are my questions:
1) Would Final Cut run well - near as good as on a Mac - on a Hackintosh?
2) Can I buy a legitimate copy of Final Cut to install and use the installation CDs?
3) If I install Hackintosh will I be able to use the MAC OSX installation CDs?
4) This is the big one - If I'm using Final Cut and my MAC OSX to make money and I've paid for the operating system and Final Cut - am I running a legitimate business or am I doing something illegal?
5) If all of this is a go - what's the best Distro for my computer?
Thanks guys, sorry if you all really like MACs. I think I just have had a really bitter feelings towards them since college when everyone would wait outside of classes and listen to their I-pods instead of talking to each other.
You can do all the things you want with hackintosh. You won't be disappointed. But,legal you won't be. It will be really important to understand that you MUST have backup clone(s) of your drives, as hackintoshing, learning the functions of osx, CAN cause breakdowns. You can hack your i7, then run a virtual vmware fusion win7 with unity and have it all. I suggest you check out insanelymac forums for the nuts and bolts you need. you can search for my user name there, it's the same as here. You'll not use a distro to hack your i7, it's $30 for a retail osx disk. From there you only need nawcom's boot cd, easyefi, or tonymac's iboot. I would steer toward nawcom, search for nawcom's bitchblog. Good luck, it's worth it! johnm
I'm in exactly the same situation as you - I'm a freelance camera operator and video editor. I get plenty of camera operating work, but when applying for editing work employers are always funny about the fact that I primarily use Premiere Pro. Why do I use Premiere Pro? Because I've been a hardcore gamer since I was little, I've been building my own PCs since I was 15 and so I've always got a fairly up to date, powerful Windows-based PC. I don't love Microsoft, nor do I hate Apple - you just can't deny the fact that you can do more with a Windows-based PC than you can with a Mac (especially if you're a gamer!). The, when I first started video editing, I learned on Final Cut Pro, but when it came to getting my own software that obviously wasn't an option without buying a Mac specifically for video editing. Editing and gaming are two of the most demanding things a computer can do, so as I already had a powerful PC built for gaming I was obviously kitted out for video editing as well. So I tried the major editing programs available for Windows - Vegas, Avid and Premiere Pro - and ended up getting the Adobe Creative Suite (I was already a big Photoshop user and am just generally a big Adobe fan).
These days I have a powerful desktop PC and an almost-as-powerful laptop, both with Adobe CS5. But I also work for a production company, so I have to use their equipment, and they have Macs. Not a day goes by that I don't find something to complain about - the Macs are incredibly slow despite being only a few years old. They're ordering a new one, but the one they're looking at getting costs over $2000 and isn't as powerful as my PC which I built for under $1000 (I guess that's how much you pay Apple for putting a computer together for you), in fact it's barely as powerful as my laptop. Then there's Final Cut Pro. I know it's incredibly popular and some people consider it to be the only professional standard digital video editing program but, compared to Premiere Pro, it sucks. Everyone's entitled to their preference but, as someone who uses both, I could easily rattle off a list of ways in which Premiere Pro CS5 beats Final Cut Pro 6 (I haven't tried 7 yet). Again, I don't want to sound like an Apple-hater, I really feel like I've come to this conclusion objectively by weighing up both options and having sound reasons for preferring Premiere Pro.
So now I feel like I've given in because I've installed Mac OS X on my laptop so that I can help out with the editing at work. If I had my way, they'd be ordering 2 equally powerful PCs for the same price as one Mac and putting Adobe CS5 on everything. Not least because of the numerous useful ways in which the Adobe programs interact with each other (Premiere Pro reading layers from Photoshop documents and being able to edit them on-the-fly in Photoshop, easily exporting and editing videos in After Effects then returning them to Premiere, the whole Adobe Dynamic Link thing, etc.), but that's not going to happen because Final Cut Pro is what everyone wants you to edit on. Tell a client you have the latest Premiere Pro and they won't know what you're talking about, because they're not an editor and have only heard that 'Final Cut Pro is the best!'. So, despite being an Adobe-lover, I need to use Final Cut Pro.
I've got Mac OS X and Final Cut Pro 6 installed on my laptop and so far it works fine. Every feature I've needed so far has worked without a hitch and it's faster than the older Macs at work. This will have to do until the day that I manage to convince everyone to switch to Adobe. What really confuses me is when you see job ads that want Final Cut Pro editors who can also use After Effects. If the editing requires work to be done in After Effects then it's best done in Premiere Pro because of the way they work together!
/rant and good look with your installation! On your first attempt it will take a lot of tweaking but you'll get there.
do you can tell us your configuration (hardware/software, as detailed as you can) on the laptop for running osx/fcp, please? (i need to take decision on one to buy) thanks!