Do all the old versions of Final Cut with manuals really add up to 17kg? The dumping of the boxes got us thinking though, what should we do to prepare for FCPX?
We will be there downloading FCPX on the day it gets released in June, but what can we do beforehand to make life easier?
1) Finish stuff off
It is our guess that FCP7 and FCPX might be able to live on the same hard drive. Just in case of problems though this is the ideal time to finish off any FCP7 project that you've had hanging around. Updating your showreel or editing that family party video, now is your chance to clear the decks.
2) A fresh install of Snow Leopard
3) Backup your hard drive
4) Make a list of all installed software & log serial numbers
We know it sounds obvious, but you have probably amassed a library of third party software and plugins for Final Cut Pro. Make a list and find all the serial numbers.
5) Find the URLs of all the new installers
6) Copy other libraries
7) Install more disks in your MacPro
If you edit on a MacPro and have an empty caddy in the machine, rather than reformat your boot drive, install a fresh copy of Snow Leopard on a new disk. When FCPX is released, install that on the new drive then you'll be able to have two working systems to choose from.
If you have a second spare slot then buy another drive to do exactly the same thing but install Lion when it is released. If you are a working editor, you cannot afford to have a machine that you can't edit on.
8) Check you can purchase software through the Mac App store.
Make sure you have updated your system software so that you can access the Mac App store via the OS. It should be the third item in the dropdown menu from the Apple logo in the menu bar. Have you got an Apple ID? Is your credit card valid?