Ask Max: Final Cut Pro and the Intel Mac
I assume Final Cut will the same (faster) with the new Intel chip... Right? Is it available now?
Final Cut Pro is definitely going to be faster on an Intel Mac. No one can say so by experience though. As of now FCP will not run on the Intel iMac. None of Apple's Pro applications run on these new Macs quite yet. Apple says it will have versions that will run sometime in March, but there is another glitch. FCP is no longer sold as a program by itself (though PowerMax still has some in stock). It is only sold in Final Cut Studio, which also includes the $49 Intel software upgrade program. The just-discontinued stand-alone FCP will cost $99. Earlier versions can cost up to $699. Suffice it to say, it's worth finding out what upgrading your software will cost before you upgrade to an Intel Mac.