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Joined: 25/11/2009 09:40:28
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My adventure becoming a "Mac" (was my Dad's nickname...) continues. I tried out iMovie and have decided I cannot live without PD8 Ultra. (Oh sure, I could buy Final Cut Express 4 for $135 and SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5 Express Track $50, QuickTime MPEG-2 plugin $20, for a total of $205 and lose proxy editing my AVCHD footage. way.)

The plan: install Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit using iMac Bootcamp in 100GB of my disk and then install my PD8 ultra that cost me $50 ($80 Amazon - $30 Open an Amazon credit card $30 bill credit).

The processor is an Intel Core i5 Quad Core 2.66 GHz with 4GB memory and the display card is an ATI Radeon HD 4850 with 512MB display memory so I'm hoping it will run PD8 better than my P4 2.4GHz with 2GB WinXP, GeForce6200 box which ran PD8 quite well in fact. (The iMac display is the most beautiful 27 inches I've ever seen on a home computer.)

So anyone been here before (PD8 on iMac i5 Win7 BootCamp)?

P4 2.4GHz 2GB Nvidia Geforce 6200, PwrDir8Ultra Panasonic DMC-ZS3 (TZ7 Europe) 720p AVCHD lite (frame doubled) TivoHD wireless pull from pyTivo on PC, 2001 Panasonic 34" tube 1080i HDTV


Joined: 29/12/2010 11:25:48
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I am also interested in this question. Getting a new computer soon and would like to get a Mac. Don't have PD 9 yet, but sounds like the one of the best programs available and would am curious how well it works on a Mac using Windows OS. Thanks!

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Joined: 14/07/2009 01:23:28
Messages: 2118
Location: Melbun, Australia

Hi AlanMcD and Larry

Welcome to the forum.

Alan: I have a MacBook Pro (approx 1 year old) and occasionally use iMovie (iLive '11) - the program is very basic and incredibly slow but it does 'create' very good 60 sec or so 'Movie Trailers' that I 'export' (Mac's version of PD produce) at 1080p and then copy those to my PC to use in PD9.

In reference to importing AVCHD there is a work around.

You can import these into iMovie BUT you must format the camera hard drive first. This will obviously LOOSE all the data on the camera hard drive. So, maybe on your next 'big' project you may what to choose re-formatting the camera drive.

Larry: PD (as far as I know) does not work on the MAC.

Good luck to you both and enjoy PD!

Happing editing

Best Regards


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