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Computer Requirements

As of Fall 2009, the broadcasting department has a computer requirement for all incoming students. 

The requirement is students much purchase a MacBook Pro computer (see sizes and specs below), Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and an external hard drive. These can be purchased through the on-campus uTech computer store. Below, find the options you have for the MacBook Pro laptop and information about the software and accessories.

All MacBook Pro laptops are eligible for educational pricing through Apple.

MacBook Pro 13"

             MacBook Pro 13"

Option 1:

  • 13.3" LED
  • Intel Core i5 Dual Core
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 4GB Memory
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB GDDR3 SDRAM
  • DL CD/DVD SuperDrive
  • SD Memory Card Slot
  • Thunderbolt Port
  • 7 hrs. Built-in Battery Life
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • iSight
  • iLife '11
  • OS X Lion

$1099

Option 2:

  • 13.3" LED
  • Intel Core i7 Dual Core
  • 2.8 GHz
  • 4GB Memory
  • 750GB Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB GDDR3 SDRAM
  • DL CD/DVD SuperDrive
  • SD Memory Card Slot
  • Thunderbolt Port
  • 7 hrs. Built-in Battery Life
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • iSight
  • iLife '11
  • OS X Lion

$1399

MacBook Pro 15"

           MacBook Pro 15"

Option 1:

  • 15.4" LED
  • Intel Core i7 Quad COre
  • 2.2 GHz
  • 4GB Memory
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5 VRAM
  • DL CD/DVD SuperDrive
  • SD Memory Card Slot
  • Thunderbolt Port
  • 7 hrs. Built-in Battery Life
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • iSight
  • iLife '11
  • OS X Lion

$1699

Option 2:
  • 15.4" LED
  • Intel Core i7 Quad COre
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 4GB Memory
  • 750GB Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • DL CD/DVD SuperDrive
  • SD Memory Card Slot
  • Thunderbolt Port
  • 7 hrs. Built-in Battery Life
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • iSight
  • iLife '11
  • OS X Lion

$1999  

MacBook Pro 17"

       MacBook Pro 17"

  • 17" LED
  • Intel Core i7 Quad Core
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 4GB Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • DL CD/DVD Super Drive
  • Express Card/34 Slot
  • Thunderbold Port
  • 7 hrs. Built-in Battery Life
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • iSight
  • iLife '11
  • OS X Lion

$2299

Only one (1) option is available for the 17" MacBook Pro

Sofware Requirements:

Final Cut Pro X

Rebuilt from the ground up to meet the needs of today’s creative editors, Final Cut Pro breaks free from the restrictions of old-fashioned timeline tracks. A new, dynamic editing interface lets you experiment freely while working with extraordinary speed and precision .


FCP X Screenshot

Motion 5

Breakthrough Speed and Quality: Work faster than ever at the highest quality — even with complex projects, large image files, and sophisticated effects. And design with confidence, knowing that colors look identical in Final Cut Pro X.
Motion 5

Accesories:

External Hard Drive

500GB minimum, however recommended size is 1TB.

Hard Drive Photo