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
Availability and Pricing
Computersstarting at US$303.19
Specs for Recommended levels of performance in Final Cut Pro X
Most software developers publish system requirements, and while they're accurate, they can be difficult to interpret; not everyone's comfortable with the jargon employed and older components are often referred to long after they've left the market.
Here are current specs for pre-built machines capable of handling Final Cut Pro X.
|for Recommended performances|
|Processor (a.k.a. CPU)||
Intel Xeon E5-1650 or better
||Alternative CPU Options|
|Video Card (a.k.a. GPU||
AMD FirePro D500 or better
||Alternative GPU Options|
|Memory (a.k.a. RAM)||8 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 ∼ US$3937 to US$3937, accessories included.
The following Systems meet the system requirements set by Final Cut Pro X's developers. There are no performance standards defining how well a recommended system should perform (some developers overestimate them, others can be a bit optimistic), but I would expect those systems to handle anything easily but the most painstakingly 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 US$2660;
~$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
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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
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 1 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.
Narrow down your search
Looking for a specific kind of device?
Were you looking for a laptop instead? You can focus your search on a specific kind of device with the options below:
Looking for a different performance level?
The systems above meet Final Cut Pro X's recommended specs. This should be the sweet spot for most people but if you're a hardcore Final Cut Pro X user, you might benefit from using a stronger machine.
You can look for something more powerful (or cheaper) by picking another performance level below: