Time for exporting HD movie with iMovie and 2012 iMac?

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  1. macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    Currently I am using a white MacBook (early 2008) which needs 15 (!) minutes for exporting a 1:30 min HD movie with iMovie.

    Can anybody try to do the same with the 2012 iMac 21.5"/i7/650m/16GB?

    I guess the time difference is so huge that I do not bother even when it´s faster with the 27"/i7/675m-680mx/16GB and can buy the high end 21.5".

    Thanks and kind regards from Germany
    Daniel
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Maybe also add your export settings to this thread, thus someone with such a Mac knows, what to set the export at, as iMovie still has a lot of options.
    Since iMovie is still not 64-bit or does take more than two cores to do its stuff (FCP X is for that), a 2012 iMac will not be used to its full potential regarding its CPU.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    export settings

    You´re right. I will update with the export settings tonight.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Tonight is still four to eight hours away. Hurry up, the trains is late already. ;)
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    I ordered that, and I guess I'll try it once I get it.

    But there are some variables which speed up/slow down render time, so you might want to share:
    • What you're outputting the video to
    • The render settings (Are you using custom settings, or one of the pre-made settings?)
    • How much other stuff you normally have running
    • The iMovie version
    • The operating system version

    I'm sure the new iMac will be able to complete a 1min 30sec HD video in maybe 2 minutes, perhaps less.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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    Export settings

    Hi again,

    With "Share/Export Movie..." I export a full HD iPhone movie as a HD 1080p mov-file. The info button shows "H.264, 25 fps, 20 Mbps". No other apps running, iMovie '11 (version 9.0.7)

    I really would appreciate it, if anybody could test this show case ;)

    Daniel
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    I have an iPhone 3GS, but not an iPhone that records 1080p video.

    I guess I'll ask someone for some footage. Remember though this'll be hopefully sometime next week (For some reason I feel like it'll come Thursday) when the iMac arrives.

    Have you added anything to it? Like some text, transitions, or video effects?
     
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    Added

    Hi,

    Cool, thx!

    I added some things like title, end, text (max 5) and some transitions (max 5). No effects.

    Daniel
     
  9. Siderz, Dec 8, 2012
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    Just tried it, took about 3 minutes to export.

    It'd be much less if iMovie was 64-bit, perhaps they'll update it with 64-bit (I thought it was 64-bit in the first place).

    This is using the maxed out 21.5" iMac:
    • 3.1GHz i7
    • 1TB Fusion Drive
    • 16GB RAM
    • 512MB 650M

    If you're keen to edit videos and want to simplicity of iMovie, I'd suggest you take a look at and think about investing in Final Cut Pro X.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool

    Thank you for trying that. Sounds good. Fcpx is on my shopping list already. Going to order the same machine and looking forward to it.

    Best regards
    Daniel
     

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