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  • To install or not to install…that is the question.

    Posted by Tom Matthies on May 7, 2005 at 3:34 pm

    The post below got me to thinking. I’m taking delivery of a new G5 on Monday that will replace my trusty dual 1Ghz G4. I have FCP5 on order.
    The question: Is it better to install FCP 4.5 on the new machine in order to use it until FCP 5 ships and then do the FCP 5 upgrade? Or would it be better to just let it alone for a few weeks, and then do a clean install of FCP5 when it arrives. I’ve ordered the Production Bundle upgrade. Do I have to actually have the old version of FCP installed and serialized for the upgrade or will I be able to do a clean install using the serial numbers from the older version?
    Of course, I’d like to start using (or at least getting used to) the new computer, but I do have enough patience to wait if that’s necessary.
    Any thoughts on this are appreciated.

    I seem to remember these same questions back when FCP4 started shipping.
    Everything old is new again.

    Tom Matthies replied 19 years ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Jerry Hofmann

    May 7, 2005 at 4:59 pm

    Don’t know about the upgrade install procedure, but would guess you will need FCP 3 or 4 running to do it… so why not go now?


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  • Tom Matthies

    May 7, 2005 at 8:49 pm

    I know that I’ll be champing at the bit to fire up the new machine anyhow.
    I was mainly wondering about the ramfications of running FCP4.5 on my old G4 and then installing the same software (with the same ID number) on the new machine and serializing it in order to unstall the upgrade. Always trying to do things by the book, you know.
    I want to make sure that the new system is running OK before decommissioning the old G4. Both machines will be networked together for a while. I can imagine some problems are possible.
    It will be interesting running a newly designed machine with a just-realeased operating system and then installing a brand new version of Final Cut. Talk about just asking for trouble. Cross your collective fingers, OK?

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