My Macbook Pro has arrived :-D well...it arrived yesterday, i dont think i have ever spent so much time constantly sat at a computer screen before, which actually gives me no excuse for not writing a blog post earlier. ah well i was doing other stuff.
Now that i am more or less sorted out with this computer after installing a load of shit and changing settings here and there, i have some time to sit back and reflect on what this baby can do.
I got Final Cut Studio Pro which is insane, took about 2 hours to install the whole whammy and i have no idea how to use the damn thing, i guess i could read the instruction manual (s) to get some idea how to use it, but my god they are sooo long. and to give you an idea on the length, here is a list of page numbers in each book
- DVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual - 683 Pages
- Soundtrack Pro User Manual - 311 Pages
- Motion Getting Started - 168 Pages
- Final Cut Pro 5 Getting Started - 212 Pages
- Final Cut Pro 5 User Manual Volume 1 - 334 Pages
- Final Cut Pro 5 User Manual Volume 2 - 452 Pages
- Final Cut Pro 5 User Manual Volume 3 - 564 Pages
- Final Cut Pro 5 User Manual Volume 4 - 517 Pages
i guess i can never, ever again say i have nothing to read. times like these i wish i could read like Johnny 5 from short circuit.
Aswell as final cut studio i got Aperature which is a pretty sweet Photography program which i need to get my head around. i reckon it will inspire me to go out with my camera more often.
Now about the machine, this thing is so fast, previously i have been using a 20" iMac with 1.8GHz G5 with 1GB of RAM, this macbook pro has a 2.16Ghz Intel Core Duo processor with 2GB of RAM and the performance jump is tremendous. as a test i decided to encode 2 similar sized videos into the H.264 format, one on the imac and one on the macbook pro. on the imac it took 3 hours to encode whereas on the macbook pro, using the same settings it took just under 1 hour. that is a performance jump i am chuffed to bits about. especially since i am leaving to uni on sunday to do a film production course.