$1199 iMac good for FCP HD editing?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by poisontwilight, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. poisontwilight macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2007
    Hey all,

    I'm planning on buying a Panasonic HVX200a and an iMac. I'm thinking about buying the $1199 imac but I'm afraid that the ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT w/ 128MB gfx card won't be enough for editing 720p HD(I probably won't be editing 1080p). I'll be upgrading the RAM on the iMac, so not worried about that. Is there a lot of lag and dropped frames when editing HD video? Is that imac good enough or should I stretch my budget even more and go for the $1500 iMac?

    Thank You all - any help is highly appreciated!
  2. tri3limited macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    the more you spend, the more you get. In this case however, a speedier graphics card won't make much difference in Final Cut unless you've got plans for things like Motion, After Effects, Maya etc. (3D/motion graphics stuff).

    I seriously recommend the 24" model though for video editing as you get the higher resolution which is an advantage when editing. Why not keep your eyes open for a refurb mac and get something a bit better for less.
  3. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2007
    It's more than enough.

    The only advantage you would have with the higher end models is faster rendering/conversion times and if your going to do any 3D work with Motion the GPU's in the higher end models are more up for the job.

    But honestly it's a fantastic machine.
    Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
  4. poisontwilight thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2007
    Thanks for the responses - Does the difference between 2.4ghz and 2.66ghz
    matter much?
  5. iCheddar macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    South Dakota
    You should probably ask this question again in the video editing forum. What I can tell you is this, if you're planning on dropping the $5000 on the HVX, you shouldn't skimp on your editing rig.

    2 reasons - For color accuracy, the iMac screen is not reliable enough,especially the 20" which is washed out and uses dithering to achieve 16.7 million colors

    - Rendering, you'll find that you'll be tearing you hair out when it comes time to do renders, be it the final render or mock-renders in FCP.

    Your best bet is to buy a low-end Mac Pro and a 23" Cinema Display...or perhaps even an Eizio if money allows.

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