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Chapter 1. Essential Equipment > Additional Equipment to Think About

Additional Equipment to Think About

You can expand your system to do any level of picture quality and to a higher “professional” level. Much of the following might be more than you need or even want, but much of it is mandatory for a broadcast-quality finishing setup. Chances are, if you are a professional, you will need some, if not all, of the equipment discussed. One of Final Cut Pro's better features is that it is resolution-independent editing software. Resolution independence means that with this single version of software that Apple supplies, you can upgrade your hardware to edit video all the way from low data rate motion JPEG to High Definition video and all points in between. No data rate is too large or too small for this software to handle if the proper hardware is installed.

In the past, you needed proprietary hardware to upgrade the picture quality of most edit systems. Professionals had to spend tens of thousands of dollars to upgrade from an offline to an online broadcast-quality system. In addition, the editing software had to be upgraded. Final Cut Pro, in contrast, is resolution- and hardware-independent software. The only hardware requirement is a G4 Mac!


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