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  • Thu, Jul 8 2010 3:15 PM

    • ChrisH
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    Upgrading to MC 5.0 and Macbook Pro - Pre Oct 2008

    Dear All,

     

    I'm currently running Avid MC 3.1.3 on Tiger 10.4.11 on a:

    15.4" Macbook Pro - Pre Oct 2008 (I believe so, its the aluminium one with Superdrive on front right hand side with FW400/FW800 ports)

    2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB RAM 667MHz DDR2
    Radeon x1900 Graphics card 256MB

     

    I have looked at the Media Composer website to see if it will work with my system (if I upgrade to Snow Leopard) and have seen conflicting info from these sites:

    http://www.avid.com/US/products/Media-Composer-Software/system-requirements

    and the pdf download from here:

    http://avid.force.com/pkb/LegacySearch?DocId=362919&Hilite=apple+macintosh+specifications

     

    Slightly more confusing, looking at the Avid MC version matrix, apparently my current system shouldn't work at all! Haven't come across any problems with a variety of formats from ingest to conform...

    http://avid.force.com/pkb/LegacySearch?DocId=267087

     

    Question is, can I upgrade my current system to Snow Leopard and then upgrade to MC 5.0? Has anyone tried it on a similar system? I'd love to upgrade this system rather than shell out for a new laptop and MC upgrade. Its too much money...

     

    Many thanks in advance,

     

    Chris

    Work: Freelance, so usually a recent-ish Media Composer and ISIS/Unity Home: MC8.x, OS 10.10.5, 15.4" Macbook Pro, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7, Flash HDD... [view my complete system specs]
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  • Thu, Jul 8 2010 5:15 PM In reply to

    Re: Upgrading to MC 5.0 and Macbook Pro - Pre Oct 2008

    dark_hadou:
    have seen conflicting info

    It's not really conflicting. The system requirements give you a broad idea of the type of power that is needed (at minimum) to run MC. The Qualified Systems list consists of specific configurations that Avid has thoroughly tested, and that are therefore fully supported.

    Your MBP would meet the requirements, but is not one of the tested configurations.

    dark_hadou:
    apparently my current system shouldn't work at all!

    Again, these are the tested and supported setups. Other OS'es and QT versions may or may not work. You've been lucky. As a rule of thumb I highly recommend sticking to the versions specified in the version matrix. More often than not you could get bitten by something odd, caused by OS or QT.

    dark_hadou:
    Question is, can I upgrade my current system to Snow Leopard and then upgrade to MC 5.0?

    I haven't tried it on such a system, I can only guess that it will work. But, I would absolutely beef up the RAM. I had 2GB of RAM on my Powerbook G4 back in the days. 2GB is likely to slow you down.

     

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  • Fri, Jul 9 2010 6:35 PM In reply to

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    Re: Upgrading to MC 5.0 and Macbook Pro - Pre Oct 2008

    Hi Job,

     

    Thanks for the info. I'll look into upgrading as far as I can on this system for the moment. I'd love to be running a new system, but as everyone knows, its mighty expensive! I imagine and hope that Avid doesn't qualify these systems simply because they're old. I'll try my luck for this update one last time. Even trying to keep up at a minimal level is pretty scary.

     

    Thanks again,

     

    Chris

    Work: Freelance, so usually a recent-ish Media Composer and ISIS/Unity Home: MC8.x, OS 10.10.5, 15.4" Macbook Pro, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7, Flash HDD... [view my complete system specs]
  • Mon, Jul 12 2010 5:33 AM In reply to

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    Re: Upgrading to MC 5.0 and Macbook Pro - Pre Oct 2008

    Actually using an MBP 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo (One of the 3 original MBP's) 

                               2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2 GB ram max) 

                               MC 5    OSX 10.6.3

                               320 GB 7200 rpm internal HD (replacing the original 32 GB 5400 rpm)

     Based on the combination of a 7200 rpm internal HD and OSX 10.6, MC5 runs very well.  That's comparatively speaking

     to the 5400 rpm internal HD, OSX 10.4.11, MC 3.1.3 it replaced!                   

    MacPro 2008 3.1 | 34GB Ram | Quadro 4000 980ti 960| MC 8.10 | OS 10.6.8 10.13.6 | MOTU HDX-SDI | ATTO R644| LaCie 324 [view my complete system specs]

     

     

     

     

  • Tue, Jul 13 2010 12:52 PM In reply to

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    Re: Upgrading to MC 5.0 and Macbook Pro - Pre Oct 2008

    Now that is interesting!

    I've just found out that I'm using a Early 2007 model, which only supports 3GB RAM. I was under the impression I could take 4GB... I completely panicked until I read your post.

     

    As your system works, I may upgrade the internal HD and get another GB RAM. That should make it as kick butt as possible with my setup...

     

    Have you found your battery drains a lot faster with 7200rpm? Did you install it all yourself? I've seen a post on how to install yourself, but looks a little awkward! May just risk it though...

    Work: Freelance, so usually a recent-ish Media Composer and ISIS/Unity Home: MC8.x, OS 10.10.5, 15.4" Macbook Pro, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7, Flash HDD... [view my complete system specs]
  • Wed, Jul 14 2010 11:07 AM In reply to

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    Re: Upgrading to MC 5.0 and Macbook Pro - Pre Oct 2008

    I use the adapter most of the time but condition the battery once a month. 

    I did install the HD. Check out this site http://www.ifixit.com/ for a comprehensive guide. 

    I thought only 2GB of ram would be a major problem but there is something about

    how 10.6 is written that makes a major difference! The same for MC5. The two together

    are like wow! Believe it or not I actually played some EX1 HD footage over USB2.0 on a 

    LaCie 1TB eSATA/USB2.0 drive.  After getting an expresscard 34 the USB2.0 port was abandoned!

    The response of Shake by Apple is even greatly improved  under 10.6

    MacPro 2008 3.1 | 34GB Ram | Quadro 4000 980ti 960| MC 8.10 | OS 10.6.8 10.13.6 | MOTU HDX-SDI | ATTO R644| LaCie 324 [view my complete system specs]

     

     

     

     

  • Wed, Jul 14 2010 3:23 PM In reply to

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    Re: Upgrading to MC 5.0 and Macbook Pro - Pre Oct 2008

    That's an excellent website, thanks so much, Tiger!

    Work: Freelance, so usually a recent-ish Media Composer and ISIS/Unity Home: MC8.x, OS 10.10.5, 15.4" Macbook Pro, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7, Flash HDD... [view my complete system specs]
  • Tue, Jul 20 2010 4:02 PM In reply to

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    Re: Upgrading to MC 5.0 and Macbook Pro - Pre Oct 2008

    If anyone else is interested, I took my MBP apart, replaced the 5400rpm drive with a much larger 500GB 7200rpm drive, maxed the RAM to 3GB and upgraded to snow Leopard with MC5 and its likie a totally new system. I thought it was the end for my system, but there's life in the old dog yet!

     

    Thanks for the link again, Tiger, it was really useful.

     

    Chris

    Work: Freelance, so usually a recent-ish Media Composer and ISIS/Unity Home: MC8.x, OS 10.10.5, 15.4" Macbook Pro, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7, Flash HDD... [view my complete system specs]
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