View Full Version : Scarlet footage on older mac
01-28-2010, 12:21 PM
I was wondering if anyone has any theories on if the proposed 1080P output on a scarlet could be used on older final cut versions (final cut 5.2 HD). I realise i would not have the great advantages of raw but could potentialy edit with current editing suite until i am able to upgrade it.I operate a community electronic arts centre so budgets are tight. thanks Graham
01-28-2010, 01:34 PM
Well, the big issue is going to be transcoding. All of the RED tools require an Intel Mac to handle the footage as it comes out of the camera.
01-28-2010, 01:35 PM
i thought i read that the scarlet would be able to do in camera down rezing to 1080P anybody have anymore details ?
01-28-2010, 01:42 PM
Will still need an intel based computer to play the files.
01-28-2010, 02:02 PM
Thanks Graeme looks like its time to get new computer , just trying to get the most out of my not so old macs thanks Graham (same name different spelling)
01-28-2010, 04:50 PM
was wondering if it would be possible to run final cut on the latest mini mac and deal with scarlet footage ?
01-28-2010, 08:56 PM
Basicly what would be the base level mac for editing in final cut pro?
02-01-2010, 06:15 AM
You CAN install FCP on a Mac mini, although you have manually install the packages, as some, such as color, are not supported by the graphics card, the last time I checked.
Hoewever, almost ANY other OSX machine would be better for RED footage, it will be horrible to import, transcode etc - assuming the integrated gfx would render the video frame.
If you don't need a video card like the AJA (and I'm guessing you don't) then the iMac is a good idea - you get a great quality screen, and the i7 version is as fast as a quad Mac Pro. That said, you'd still be better off buying a used Mac Pro, or building a Hack Pro if you have mad skillz.
02-01-2010, 06:59 AM
Yeah, I'd probably go for the iMac on a budget - there's one with an 1080p screen, 1TB hard drive, 4GB of ram and a decent graphics card for US$1.5 grand.
I'm definitely waiting until around the time I get the camera to upgrade my computer though - there will definitely be new MacBooks before the Scarlet is released, and we will hopefully see a new version of Final Cut Studio later in this year (but early 2011 might be a more likely estimate).
02-04-2010, 12:13 PM
Thanks for advice , I am looking at all the options discussed here and presently leaning towards a used or refurbished mac pro tower that can take a red rocket in the future, unfortunatley i purchased my imac 2 days before intel chips started shipping, The hackintosh route is interesting to me, does anybody here have any experience with this ? also wondering if i am too attached to final cut and mac , can anybody speak about moving to a vegas system pro and cons? thanks again
02-04-2010, 01:12 PM
You might also want to look into a used Intel mac
02-04-2010, 01:27 PM
What about a mac mini? Is there any way to run Red Rocket on that?
02-04-2010, 01:35 PM
What about a mac mini? Is there any way to run RED Rocket™ on that?
Nope. The Rocket is a PCIe card. There are a few external options for it, but they all rely on a Expresscard slot to provide the necessary bandwidth.
02-04-2010, 07:18 PM
yep pretty much its a 17" mac book pro with express card or mac pro tower intel if you want to use red rocket , i am definatley planning on one of these as render times seem ridiculous without.