OSX on a Non-Apple Computer... Effectiveness?

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  1. coronet

    coronet Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep?

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    So I entered film college, and I'm eventually going to have to get into Final Cut Pro and Avid. The downside is that one of them is exclusive to Apple, one is on Windows and Mac.

    I'm using Linux.

    I wouldn't mind just buying a new drive and putting OSX on it and all the rest and whatever, but I'm going to be rendering beefy footage (and perhaps HD footage because the industry is moving towards HD) and being able to burn content onto DVD.

    Can it be done? I'm just a poor college student here, and Apple was only kind enough to scrape $100 off the price of a laptop. Here's my specs:

    Intel Pentium 4 HT - 3.0 GHz
    1GB Corsair RAM (Would be willing to upgrade this, but it's been fine with 480i, 480p, and 720i content that I've shot)
    128MB ATi Radeon 9200 (Also would be willing to upgrade this, although I don't play games; just edit)
    Sony DVD-RW Drive (I'm guessing a Sony drive would be compatible enough, or perhaps someone has built drivers for it)
    FireWire in that says Mac OS9/OSX Compatible (Should be good no matter what I do, no? :dunno: )

    I'm sure it's enough to scrape by in HD, and it's been plenty for the standard def stuff I've edited. But if I use one of these pirated/optimized/whatever versions of OSX, will everything be lahdeedah? Or am I going to have to actually use my MasterCard for an Apple-branded computer?
     
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    had a friend installing one of the osx x86 rips. sound didnt work, graphics were jerky.

    and it wasnt lack of cpu power. that was early on though so i dont know if things have been better since then.
     
  3. colosodian

    colosodian Next Gen

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    I recommend getting an imac or macbook pro, dual boot osx and windows. Even if it means saving for a while. Your school has labs you can use?
     
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    I had my desktop and laptop windows boxes set up to dual-boot to OSx86... it WORKED, but not particularly well. Driver support is shit, and there's always a couple of little things that will bug you constantly.
     
  5. skolen

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    I speced out building a desktop that included almost every piece of hardware the MacPro's have in terms of compatibility and it came to around $900 before taxes. Core2duo's, ATI/nVidia card, etc...even the Lang-Li case.

    So with your discount you may be better off buying one outright.
     
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    Seriously, just pick up a base MacBook if you really need to run Final Cut. Credit card debt is just another incentive to finish college and get a real job.
     
  7. Lat

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    he needs to be able to burn DVDs :o
     
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    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    Final Cut will run better on dedicated graphics hardware if you can drop the moola :hs:
     
  9. dbman96

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    external dual-layer DVD burners are cheap
     
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  11. coronet

    coronet Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep?

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    Yeah; we have G5's with CinemaDisplays or Dell FPW's (24" Wide), and all the video editing junk by appt, and G4's with older cinema displays that you can use coming in.

    Here are the two my school suggest:

    MacBook Pro 15" for Video
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    MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.33GHz
    • 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
    • 120GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    • SuperDrive 6x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • MacBook Pro 15-inch Widescreen Display
    • Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
    • Accessory Kit
    .Mac - Retail Box Promotion
    AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro/PowerBook (w/or w/o Display) - Auto-enroll
    Final Cut Studio 5.1 - Academic

    More Product Info

    $3,306.95

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    MacBook Pro 17" for Video
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    MacBook Pro, 17-inch, 2.33GHz
    • 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
    • 160GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    • SuperDrive 8x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • MacBook Pro 17-inch Widescreen Display
    • Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
    • Accessory Kit
    .Mac - Retail Box Promotion
    AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro/PowerBook (w/or w/o Display) - Auto-enroll
    Final Cut Studio 5.1 - Academic

    More Product Info

    $3,606.95

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    Is that too much? Is FCP or any program easy enough to pirate on OSX? :o
     
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    My 17" MBP equipped as above was... $2644 after MIR from MacConnection... no extended warrantee / care plan stuff.

    I don't know about all that pirating business. :hsugh:
     
  13. coronet

    coronet Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep?

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    Well it's $600 for FCP, so does anyone know 'bout pirating? $600 is a couple months worth of payments I can take off.
     
  14. skolen

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    I've downloaded a copy to play with. You gotta jump through some hoops for it to install, but it works.

    I uninstalled it after a while since it was more than I needed.
     

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