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How to Install FCPX?

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How to Install FCPX?
Okay, so I was reading Apple supports suggestions on installing FCPX at this link:


According to Apple, they strongly recommended that you install Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 on a startup disk that does not have Final Cut Studio (2009) already installed. Well, I don't think that is going to happen. Frankly, that doesn't make any sense to me and I as Im not going to just quit using Final Cut Studio cold turkey one day and start using FCPX the next. In other words, it's not very practical to have to install all of my other applications that I need to use along with FCP on 2 different drives or even the same drive on 2 different partitions. For example, I can only install CS4 on 2 different computers (I actually need it on 3 computers and 4 would be nice) so I don't want the 2 allocations that I have to be tied up on 1 single computer with 2 partitions. Why would I need it on both partitions? Well, if I was working in FCP7 and needed to add an image to my project and needed Photo Shop to edit that image, I don't want to have to shut down FCP7 and restart in the other partition just to use Photo Shop for a single image, then restart again to get back in to FCP7.

So, I'm probably going to follow their procedure for Installing Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4 on the same disk as Final Cut Studio (2009) contained on that same support page however, the last note in that section has me a little concerned. It reads:

"Note: Final Cut Server, Podcast Producer, Software Updates for Final Cut Studio (2009), and some third-party workflows and tools may require that the Final Cut Studio (2009) applications remain in their original location in the Applications folder." My concern is, what 3rd party applications are going to have a problem with moving Final Cut Studio to a different folder than the original installation? Anyone else run across any problems in this area?

Then it gives you a 2nd procedure (or recommendation) with instructions on how to move FCPX to a new folder, and move the old FCS3 files back to their old location. Now, I may do it this way on my old Mac Pro if I even decide to install FCPX on that machine. I may just use FCP7 (FCS3) on that machine.

UPDATE: Okay, so I haven't installed FCPX on my old Mac Pro yet, but did install it on my MacBook. So on my MacBook I have both in the same partition, FCPX in it's original installed folder, along with FCS3 now living in it's "moved folder" and so far so good on the MacBook.
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Ron Priest: Feb 3, 2012, 6:35 AM
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