Going to film school in Sept. Buy mbp now or wait?

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  1. AdvanTech

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    Never had a mac before but all this final cut talk is convincing me to switch to the dark side. I don't know how often the packages get updated, I should wait tho rite?

    Thanks!
     
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    minus whale buy one now. They up date every so often so its up too you.

    I'd say get one now.
     
  3. Pseudonym

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    they did just update them, but still i would say wait. i'm waiting until i go to school in the fall to upgrade from a macbook to a MBP.

    actually, i would go for it now so you have plenty of time to get comfortable with FCP before school.
     
  4. Blair

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    wait, your school will probably have education discounts for you to use.
     
  5. AdvanTech

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    what about the student developer sticky?

    Thanks for the replies so far.
     
  6. xenon supra

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    get a mac pro using student developer discount - when you're working with FCP, you'll be glad you got a real computer.

    I saved $900 on mine :eek3:

    maybe pick up a cheap ibook or something for when you are on the go if you really need a laptop (or maybe keep your current one), but considering you'll do most of your editing on your own time, i'd go with a mac pro.

    just my opinion
     
  7. AdvanTech

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    Really? The mbp is useless for video editing? So expensive though.
     
  8. Blair

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    this might be blasphemy but... Eee PC for class? I know I would have bought one when I was in school, just need it for internets.
     
  9. AdvanTech

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    I'm hoping to do some video editing with it. Need some powah
     
  10. Raider007

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    I'd wait...
    they usually have some nice promotions as the school season starts...
    (ie: free ipods/discounts/free printers....)
     
  11. xenon supra

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    naw, i didn't say the MBP would be useless...

    but if you plan to sticking with video editing and doing a lot of it in the future, as well as encoding the video that you edit, you're going to want something more powerful and expandable. if you get a mac pro you can keep upping the RAM as you see fit, changing video cards, adding another hdd (it has 4 bays supporting 1tb each). a mac pro can last much longer than a laptop too. the laptop is going to be outdated pretty soon, where as an 8-core or even a quad core mac pro is going to be around for a long time.

    you do some research on them and figure it out. but i'd go with the mac pro hands down. especially if you'll be doing lots of video editing.
     
  12. AdvanTech

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    hmm I see your point. My argument is that the school has labs full of mac pros that we have access to 24/7. I was thinking of something portable for when I'm not at a lab. But your argument is making me rethink my options.
     
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    hi will!
     
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    join the dark side, biznatch
     
  15. Drloveless

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    if you have a lab, get the portable and you ll be glad you did. Inspiration in a lab= 0.
     
  16. xenon supra

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    I guess then it depends on whether you'd spend time in the lab or in your room.

    I'd rather be in my room in my boxers and music on. can't really do that in a lab :mamoru:
     
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    When you start out you probably won't require a ton of power as the stuff you edit will more than likely be very short and uncomplex. MBP would be fine I'd say.

    If it were me I'd wait to get education discount and get the latest kit for when you go.
     
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    Yeah, I hate just the idea of a lab. Problem is I just splurged on a new editing pc/dual monitors a couple months ago and am regretting it royally.
     
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    hmm.
    education discount > student discount?
     
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    depends. its worth it more to use adc discount on bigger purchases, macbookpros and mac pros.
     
  21. gui3

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    my first switch computer was a MBP, and it rocks. it's an absolute monster compared to the bullshit dells i had before.

    if you're going to film school, im thinking you probably won't need an 8-core supercomputer right away and you'll probably benefit from the portability of the MBP.

    get the MBP, throw in a lot of RAM and get the 256-MB vid card and you'll be set.
     
  22. AdvanTech

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    it's 512mb now :bowdown:

    I have an Intel Q6600 w/4gigs and an 8800gt now, and it still chokes with my projects.
     
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    why not just install osx on your current computer?
    easily doable with your current config
     
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    Is there a windows equivalent to bootcamp? I don't know if I want to run fcp on something like an inefficient emulator.
     

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