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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby Chuck Engels » Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:39 pm

How very cool :TU:
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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby ryan_khoo » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:07 am

Steve Grisetti wrote:I think you've made a very good choice, Ryan.

Have fun with your new toy. It's well worth living on Ramen noodles for a week or two.

BTW, watch Amazon and even eBay for discounted copies of Final Cut. You should be able to pick up a copy of Final Cut Express 4 for under $150.

Pro versions of Final Cut, which come bundled with Motion, a titling tool and an audio tool as Final Cut Studio, on the other hand, might cost you almost as much as that computer!


Thanks Steve for your kind words. Yes, a beggar like me now find that Ramen noodles is tasty, in fact Ramen noodles is a luxury. :-D

Yes, I will lookout for the sale of Final Cut Express 4. But I shall now do iMovie first. My system comes with iMovie 09 but I gotta find the old iMovie 08 from the Apple website.

Thanks again, Steve. FYI, I am typing this off my iMac & the screen is ridiculously huge ! :-D
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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby ryan_khoo » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:09 am

Chuck Engels wrote:How very cool :TU:

Ok, let me post some cool pictures of me unboxing the iMac:


The iMac inside the box
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Opening up top of the box
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Taking out the keyboard & mouse & manual
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Taking out the computer's main hardware
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Finally setup, and it is HUGE
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Hope you guys like it.

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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby Chuck Engels » Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:40 am

Very nice Ryan, it is almost like I was there 8-[
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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby ryan_khoo » Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:20 am

Chuck Engels wrote:Very nice Ryan, it is almost like I was there 8-[


Hahahaha.

On a serious note, I think I need serious help.

My main purpose of buying this Mac system is to use iMovie 06 (& final cut). Previously, when iMovie 08 is out, Apple allow users to download iMovie 06 for free (NB: iMovie 08 is totally different program all together from iMovie 06). But what I didn't know (which I just discovered) is that Apple has stop giving free & also stop selling.

I went to ebay to look for it but no one is selling.

I am very frustated now bcos after buying an iMac I found myself not able to use iMovie 06. ... sigh ....

Anyone knows how I can get hold of iMovie 06 ?

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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby Chuck Engels » Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:30 am

I always thought that iMovie came preinstalled free with every MAC :-k
Just like Windows Movie Maker comes with every Windows PC for free.
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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby Steve Grisetti » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:06 pm

Nope. They stopped giving away the iLife Suite last year. But it does come bundled with iMacs.

And sorry, Ryan. I'm not sure where you're going to get an old version -- and, if you do, if it will even run on Leopard. (Mac OSes are very picky.)

Besides, the latest iMovie is very nice! Why retro-grade?
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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby ryan_khoo » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:32 pm

Chuck Engels wrote:I always thought that iMovie came preinstalled free with every MAC :-k
Just like Windows Movie Maker comes with every Windows PC for free.


Yes Chuck, you are correct. My iMac comes pre-installed with iMovie08 as well as a iLife09 disc. When the salesman opened up the box, he took the disc upgraded my iMovie08 (which is preinstalled) to iMovie09.

But my problem is I want the older version iMovie 06.
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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby ryan_khoo » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:37 pm

Steve Grisetti wrote:Nope. They stopped giving away the iLife Suite last year. But it does come bundled with iMacs.

And sorry, Ryan. I'm not sure where you're going to get an old version -- and, if you do, if it will even run on Leopard. (Mac OSes are very picky.)

Besides, the latest iMovie is very nice! Why retro-grade?

Hi Steve,

The reason I want the iMovie 06 is because iMovie 06 is totally a different program altogether from iMovie08. When Apple introduced iMovie08, a lot of users were angry that iMovie08 was so bad (as compared to iMovie06) that Apple gave a free download of iMovie06 online to all registered iMovie08 users.

What I did not realize was that Apple stopped this when iMovie09 was shipped out.

I have also bought books on iMovie06 ready & raring to go ... but alas .....

Maybe I go & try the iMovie09, "though iMovie09 is supposed to have improved much over iMovie08 but nevertheless no way near the perfect program iMove06" ... sigh ... (NB: the sentence in quote, I read in from somewhere)
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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby ryan_khoo » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:00 am

Just to update you guys, I have managed to purchase a copy of iLfe06 which includes iMovie HD6.

I am now trying to find answers in the Apple forum as to whether iMovie HD6 can be installed together with iMovie09.

If anyone has the answer, pls keep me posted.

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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby earlegray » Tue May 05, 2009 4:23 am

Hi there
I've been running final cut studio 2 on a macbook 4.1 (intel GMA X3100 , 2.5G Ram, 2.1Ghz, Cinema display) for about a year now
I use it for doing budget TV commercials and corporate videos. I create clips using Motion (of food products and prices flying around) and then assemble the Ad in Final Cut. I do the Voice Overs and Music in Logic Pro 8.

Everything "runs" but i have experienced a few issues
1. Its terribly painful to work on (very slow. I have to render clips to audition them (if they have FX factory plugins)
2. I sometimes get strange small short black lines (glitches) in exported motion mov's which require me to render a second time.
3. Motion does crash. but it is a seldom occurrence.
4. final cut is great, I've done 10 min Corporate Videos with lots of transitions and effects. For DVD usage i Either render out using DV PAL or a DVD compression using compressor.

the macbook really does a great job considering i have. Compressor, Final Cut Pro, Firefox, Itunes, Logic Pro 8, Mail, Motion, Skype and Finder all running most of the time.

i am getting a mac mini soon with the 9400m chip so i will post my contrasting experience shortly. Hopefully Apples "up to 5 times faster" statement lives up to its claim.

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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby Chuck Engels » Tue May 05, 2009 9:16 am

Welcome to Muvipix earlegray, and thanks for the new input.
I'm sure we would love to hear of your experiences with the new Mac Mini when you get it :TU:
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Re: New iMacs and MacMini

Postby ryan_khoo » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:22 pm

earlegray wrote:
i am getting a mac mini soon with the 9400m chip so i will post my contrasting experience shortly. Hopefully Apples "up to 5 times faster" statement lives up to its claim.

Chow or now


Hi earlegray, how's your experience with the 9400 chip ?
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