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Chapter 1. Essential Equipment > Minimum System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

The minimum system requirements to run Final Cut Pro (FCP) 4 and work with this book are as follows:

  • A Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G4 or faster processor and an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) graphics card

  • A 350MHz or faster processor

  • 384MB of random-access memory (RAM); 512MB is recommended for Soundtrack and for using RT Extreme or working on long projects in Final Cut Pro

  • A DVD drive

  • A 6GB audio/video-rated disk drive (20GB or greater is recommended)

  • A digital video (DV) source, such as a camcorder or deck, connected to your computer via a FireWire port (also known as i.LINK or IEEE 1394)

  • The correct FireWire or device control cable and any additional cables you might need to connect your deck or camcorder to your computer


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