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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM Apps
While it may not run too well, it is possible to get Final Cut Studio 3 to install with less than the 'required' 128MB VRAM.

Control-click on the installer package alias and choose Show Original from the pop-up menu. Control-click the original installer and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. Navigate into the Contents » Resources folder. Control-click on the Requirements Checker and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. Navigate into the Contents » Resources folder, and then open minsys.plist with Property List Editor, the default (requires Xcode).

Change the value of AELMinimumVRAM from 128 to 64 (or less if you have even less VRAM). The installer will now run normally.

After installing, Control-click on the Final Cut Pro.app in /Applications and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. Navigate into Contents » Resources folder. Open the mimsys.plist file found there, and make the same change as above. Repeat for all the Final Cut Studio apps you have installed.

No promises on how well they run with less than 128 MB VRAM, but they do run.
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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM
Authored by: claragc on Dec 06, '09 05:46:03AM

Hello, I have found this post trying to resolve a puntual problem,
and would like to asked you about what you said.
I want to temporary install final cut studio 3 in my mac book 64VRAM.
I have followed everything you have say about how to do it with the minsys.plist
changed VRAM.
My problem is that when I open the minsys.plist file with an edit sowtfare, the Plist Edit Pro
(with Xcode) I change 128 for 64 but then the program dosen`t let me save it and definetly
change the system so I can install it.

Can you help about this? Maybe I am not writting the code as it should be, I dont know.

Well, thank you if you answer me.

C.



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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM
Authored by: hefbe on Apr 15, '11 08:55:43AM
You need super user privileges in order to save the file. Just open it in Terminal like this
sudo pico /Volumes/Final\ Cut\ Studio\ Install/Installer/FinalCutStudio.mpkg/Contents/Resources/Requirements\ Checker.app/Contents/Resources/minsys.plist
Then enter your password. Note that you won't have visual feedback when typing it. Navigate to the right section using your keyboard arrows and save using provided shortcuts at the bottom of the window.

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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM
Authored by: rhfox1 on Jan 19, '10 07:56:04AM

Hi, I followed your instructions and I could install FCP ok, but when I try to run application shows in a window - Minimun System Checks - this message: "FCP requieres that your system have 128mb of Vram, this system has only 64mb of Vram".... I have a Mac mini, 2mb ram, cinema display 20".... Can You help me please....



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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM
Authored by: clauditorium on Aug 03, '10 03:32:50PM

I started following your instructions, but stalled when I had to open "minsys.plist", because that file isn't there. There's another one called "com.apple.aelwriter.plist", but AELMinimumVRAM is nowhere to be found in there.

Any help?



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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM
Authored by: hefbe on Apr 15, '11 08:57:37AM

Read again the second to last paragraph of the original post. It should solve your problem. ;)



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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM
Authored by: butaka on May 11, '11 11:51:50PM

It's might be because I am more of a GUI guy or more likely because I'm lazy... But, I found another (simpler - for me) way of editing the files mentioned. ** No Xcode required **

- Insert your Final Cut Studio disk
- Navigate to the disk (if the finder window doesn't automatically appear)
- Right-click or Control-click on the "Install Final Cut Studio" (installer alias) and choose Show Original from the pop-up menu
- Copy the "FinalCutStudio.mpkg" file and the "Packages" folder to your Desktop
- Right-click or Control-click the installer and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu
- Navigate into the Contents >> Resources folder
- Right-click or Control-click on the Requirements Checker and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu
- Navigate into the Contents >> Resources folder
- Right-click or Control-click on the minsys.plist file and choose Open With >> TextEdit
- Hit Command-F (to find) and search for the following(without the quotes): "AELMinimumVRAM"
- Just below "AELMinimumVRAM" change "<string>128</string>" to say "<string>64</string>"
- Hit Command-S (this will save to the original location without prompting)
- Navigate to the Desktop and double-click on the "FinalCutStudio.mpkg" file (install FCS as you would any other application)

DON'T FORGET THIS PART (Or the applications you spent so much time installing won't open)
After installing:
- Right-click or Control-click on the Final Cut Pro.app in /Applications and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu
- Navigate into Contents >> Resources folder
- Open the mimsys.plist file found there, and make the same change as above
- Repeat for all the Final Cut Studio apps you have installed



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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM
Authored by: YungMac on Oct 04, '11 12:21:22PM

I appreciate the info but I can't seem to save the adjusted minsys.plist file because it keeps saying it is "Read-Only" when I click "Get Info" it says "Read and Write". What am I doing wrong?



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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM
Authored by: lachyfly on Nov 22, '11 12:17:30AM

Hey there,

Im having the problem that it canot save the file too. I think its because its trying to save the file on the install disk which it cant do. Is that whats happening & if so what should I do?

thank you

Lach



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Install Final Cut Studio on Macs with less than 128MB VRAM
Authored by: lachyfly on Nov 19, '11 06:08:43PM

Hey I think the issue is (as Im having it myself) is that the change is trying to be written to the install disk which cant be done. So how do you do it?

Lach



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