updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue June 21, 2011
Older Mac Pros need $149 video upgrade
The Mac App Store is actively blocking some Mac Pro users from downloading Final Cut Pro X, according to complaints. One person notes that his two-year-old Mac Pro is being blocked based on system requirements, even though it has a 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon processor and 6GB of RAM. The weak link may be video, in this case an ATI Radeon HD 2600 card.
Having spoken to Apple, the person says he was told an early 2009 Mac Pro can only run Final Cut Pro X if he gets the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 Graphics Upgrade Kit. The kit costs $149 however, and may be preceding an imminent Mac Pro update. Rumors have new systems shipping in late July or early August.
Pro X may also be deficient in terms of support, another professional claims. "The new final cut pro x [sic] is being received very badly by pro editors," the person alleges in an email. "There is not support for many of the key features required in pro editing. Namely: No support for previous FCP project files. No support for output for tape (used in TV companies) no support for EDL and no support for XML. This is unequivocally not a a Professional program. Unless Apple release some updates addressing these key issues which mark the divide between consumer and pro, the pro community will very quickly leave apple behind," the message concludes.