Final Cut Pro X
Final Cut Pro is the name given to a series of non-linear video editing software programs - first developed by Macromedia Inc. and later Apple Inc. [...] Since the early 2000s, Final Cut Pro has developed a large and expanding user base, mainly video hobbyists and independent filmmakers. It had also made inroads with film and television editors who have traditionally used Avid Technology's Media Composer.Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GenreNon-Linear Editing, Video Editor
CharacteristicsAnimation, Audio Mastering, Audio Mixing, Creative, Filters, Layers, Moddable, Non-Linear Editing, Recording Software, Rendering, Stabilization, Transition
Specs for Hardcore levels of performance in Final Cut Pro X
Most software developers publish system requirements, but they can be difficult to interpret; they use technical jargon or sometimes refer to components which are no longer on the market.
Here are common specs for pre-built machines capable of handling Final Cut Pro X.
|for Hardcore performances|
|Processor (a.k.a. CPU)||
Intel Core i7-7700HQ or better
Intel Xeon E5-1650
|Alternative CPU Options|
|Video Card (a.k.a. GPU||
AMD Radeon Pro 555 or better
AMD FirePro D500
|Alternative GPU Options|
|Memory (a.k.a. RAM)||12 GB or better||16 GB|
Sadly, there are also no predefined standards for performance; some developers have very high standards while others can be a bit optimistic so your mileage may vary.
Ready-to-Order Systems Meeting these Specs prices range from $3208.00 to $3937.00, accessories included.
The following Systems exceed the recommended specs for Final Cut Pro X; leaving you more overhead for plug-ins, and handling uncommonly complex tasks.
Each product below was checked recently for rebates and availability from retailers located in Canada or which at least makes importing easy.
Apple Mac Pro 6-Core 3.5 Ghz from $3500;
~$3937 with accessories
Apple's Professional production computer is an unusual beast. It is composed of parts you would usually see in a server and offers limited internal storage... Read More about the MD878LL/A
Bang for the Buck Versatility for the Price Power Storage Portability N/A Autonomy N/A Bang for the Buck Versatility for the Price Power Storage Portability N/A Autonomy N/A Bang for the Buck Versatility for the Price Power Storage Portability N/A Autonomy N/A
performance in Final Cut Pro XExceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.Processor: Intel Xeon E5-1650Graphics: 2 × AMD FirePro D500Memory: 16.00 GBStorage: 256.00 GB
Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2.8GHz (w. Touch Bar) from $28003% cheaper than usual
~$3208 with accessories
Here is an attractive laptop for the nomadic movie editor with a capable processor, pro-grade graphics, and a gorgeous screen... Read More about the MPTR2LL/A
Bang for the Buck Versatility for the Price Power Storage Portability Autonomy Bang for the Buck Versatility for the Price Power Storage Portability Autonomy Bang for the Buck Versatility for the Price Power Storage Portability Autonomy
performance in Final Cut Pro XExceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQGraphics: AMD Radeon Pro 555Memory: 16.00 GBStorage: 256.00 GBScreen Size: 15.4"Screen Resolution: 2880×1800Dimensions: 34.93 x 24.07 x 1.55 cmWeight: 1.83 kg
detailed info from $2799
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Wonder why you get better systems than requested?
That's because TekAdvisor looks for devices which will at least satisfy the demands for the best price without filtering over-performers. For instance: If 3-stars or even 5-stars systems are available in the same price range as 1-star options, I'm pretty sure you should consider the better-performing options as well.
The results above are the 2 systems offering the best bang-for-the-buck among the cheapest catalogued systems capable of running Final Cut Pro X at the specified level of performance or better.
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The systems above exceed Final Cut Pro X's recommended specs; which is great if you need it to handle unusual workloads but not so much if money's tight.
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