The fact that FCP7 uses a max of 2.5GB of RAM just kills me, I would have been thrilled if FCPX had just been a 64-bit version of FCP7, but FCPX has grown on me.
I just can't use it, we ingest from tape a lot, we still use conventional ENG cams (digibeta and DVCAM) so we need something sony 9 pin friendly (FCP7 + blackmagic) for timecoded capture and printing.
I am using Premiere5.5 in my i7 at home and am reaping the render time dividends. It has FCP7 keyboard shortcuts and a conventional track based layout with IO insert overlay editing. I actually used the old old premiere 6 years ago before I moved to FCP2 (FCP2 not FCS2!) so it's not too much of a leap in language to go back. And it plays nice with omfie export (which I occassionally need)
I dearly wish apple had made fcp8 with a 64bit back end. I can't believe that they cannot, and I can't believe that they didn't! Give some folk lemons and they make lemonade. I am going to try something else, probably premiere when my main MacPro suite dies, and my nect mac will probably be a PC. Sad days, but fork them.
The RAM issue is one big bug bear, but most folk cram in 16gb of ram and are still using a single conventional hard drive. It's one thing writing render files at lightening speed, it's another having fast enough RAIDs to handle it and get the full benefit.
I did a software internal RAID in bays 3&4 of my macpro tower and the data rate jumped from around 60MB/s to 220MB/s (to be fair that was using the latest barracudas) and If I were to install adapted SSD's I could probably top 450MB/s.
Unfortunately my imac is fairly restricted at home, the thing to do it seems is to sacrifice the internal optical drive and use the E-Sata connection for an external SSD. Seems like using a slegehammer to crack a nut, so despite my 8GB of RAM I'm still saving between two fw400 drives. The system drive benchmarks at 120MB/s, but I don't want to start running the OS off of external drives.
Anyway, back to cameras...