Upgrading to Lion
February 16, 2012 10:51AM
Mac Intel 10.6.8

I am a little behind the curve but wanting to upgrade to Mac Lion, however, I am concerned that it may cause problems with my FCP 7.0.3. Didn't see any mention of this on any of the forums.

Thanks for your input.
Re: Upgrading to Lion
February 17, 2012 06:59AM
People on other forums (Creative Cow) report many issues. If you can help it...don't upgrade.

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Re: Upgrading to Lion
February 17, 2012 07:20PM
What issues are they reporting? I haven't hard any personally on two installs I work on.

Re: Upgrading to Lion
February 17, 2012 08:04PM
hmmm. I had decided to stay with Snow Leopard, for the reasons mentioned by Shane. But considering to update my 2008 Macbook Pro, I'd like to read more of positives like Jude's.
I'd hate to get a lion laptop and then find that my EOTL FCP 7 won't work. (Will never use FPC X!)
Re: Upgrading to Lion
February 17, 2012 11:14PM
Well if you want Lion you'd better get in quick before the new 'even-dumber' Mountain Lion comes out. But yeah, Ive got two installs running Lion and FPC 7 with no issues. These are not broadcast setups though, so firewire/file based workflows only. Don't know what problems people are reporting.

Re: Upgrading to Lion
February 17, 2012 11:32PM
That does it, David. Thanks. I'll make sure my new Mac has Lion.
I don't think the mountain cat will be any better either. It looks like Lion OS will be the end of the line for me. I'm not dumping my Macs just because Apple ends support for older machines.
Re: Upgrading to Lion
February 18, 2012 08:36PM
Instability is the biggest issue people report.

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Re: Upgrading to Lion
February 19, 2012 12:24AM
Well, touch wood, I've done three large projects with lots of layers and green screen and probably 20 or so small DSLR interview spots, some consumer camera dance stuff, and captured and cut HDV and mini DV since installing Lion, and no problems so far. Not a single crash or stall that I can recall, although the new Mac Pro can be sluggish, but that company runs everything close to the wire storage and network wise. My own setup has been fine.

I did change a few of the finder things that annoy me, and I get annoyed by Pages and Numbers not having a 'save', and opening every document I had open last time, every time it opens, but apart from that all is fine.

Anyone else got coal-face stories of Lion to share?

Re: Upgrading to Lion - New OS coming this summer.
February 19, 2012 09:54AM
If you haven't updated yet, just wait till this summer. We're still running Snow Leopard on all our systems at the office and my personal computers as well. And now Apple announced Mountain Lion coming this summer. Looks like Apple realizes Lion wasn't quite ready for prime time, so here comes another OS already.


The video does a nice job with the overview.

Walter Biscardi, Jr.
Biscardi Creative Media
Re: Upgrading to Lion
February 19, 2012 10:28AM
FCP 7.0.3 was recently installed afresh onto my Lion partition. It now coexists with MC 6.0. Have cut one shortform HD show in FCP7. No issues to report. (No 64-bit tastiness either but no issues.)

- Loren

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Re: Upgrading to Lion - New OS coming this summer.
March 27, 2012 08:09PM
I'm currently running Snow Leopard in 64bit, so are there any benefits in upgrading to Lion or the forthcoming Mountain Lion for editing (speed, stability)? I watched the video and was not impressed, I don't have an ipad or iphone, is there a compelling reason to upgrade?
Re: Upgrading to Lion - New OS coming this summer.
March 28, 2012 02:54AM
Depends if you need any features of Lion or ML.

If you are all good on SL then stick with it until you need to upgrade. Personally I don't just need to be a the leading edge I like to be at the Bleeding edge! Although I don't partake of OS betas or dev releases anymore - must be an age thing... tongue sticking out smiley

Partly to satisfy my geekiness but also because I have to be running the current OS and understand how I can deliver to clients using it - both in terms of training and how it handles content. Also useful to know a bit about the latest and "greatest" for forum moderation and help winking smiley

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Re: Upgrading to Lion - New OS coming this summer.
March 28, 2012 06:28AM
I just ran into a situation with a new driver for a product that I HAD to upgrade one of our systems to Lion. That ended up going well, so we're now upgrading all our systems to Lion (on a second hard drive in each system) and what we do notice is that the systems do run a little faster.

But without that need for the driver requiring Lion, I would still be sitting tight and just waiting for Mountain Lion. Although I will say, I'm glad we waited for 10.7.3 as it appears Apple has fixed many of the bugs that I had read about previously.

Walter Biscardi, Jr.
Biscardi Creative Media
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