editing on a cube?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by amemoryoncelost, Jul 31, 2004.

  1. amemoryoncelost macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2004
    Not sure if this is the correct place for this, but here goes nothing...

    I've been shooting video for a bike video for the last couple of months and will probably be shooting for another two or three at the least. I will be editing using final cut pro and will need to get something to edit on. I have a friend who is selling her G4 CUBE, 450Mhz with 512MB RAM. Would this computer be capable of editing a small amount of video for a promo/trailer?

    Basically I wanna get a lacie external and put all the clips on that, edit a little until I have the funds for a larger Dual G4 in the next month or so and then put the lacie on that. In my head it makes sense that it will work, but I'm probably wrong since I don't have tons of exposure to powermacs and cubes.

    Let me know your honest advice. Should I just wait an extra couple of weeks to find something on ebay/this site. Or should I go for the cube and use it for a few months and then move to the powermac?
  2. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    trust me i own the same one (exsecpt more ram) it has to be SMALL amounts. i did a imovie cause i have Fcp on my G5 it will do small amounts pretty well.

    but dont get me wrong you can do it though...it wil lag but it will work if you don't do it professionally!
  3. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    It ought to be fine. You already mentioned a hard drive, which will be an absolute must. Lots of RAM will help--Cubes max out at 1.5GB.

    The age/speed of the computer won't be an issue except for the instances where you're going to tax the processor--rendering effects or exporting the movie. Even that won't be too bad for the most part. It will just be slower than it would be on a faster computer. Doing cuts and moving things around (in other words 95% of your editing) will be just fine.

    I don't know if you watch Jackass or CKY videos, but most of that was edied on a similarly powered Mac--and I'm almost certain they used iMovie (for the CKY stuff at least). So it's not all in the tools.
  4. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

    Brother Michael

    Apr 14, 2004
    For about the same price (maybe some less) wouldn't new eMac do what he wants?

  5. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    Maybe you could find an old 800MHz emac with the radeon 9000, those beasts can be overclocked to 1.33GHz with little effort. I think it would only run you $500-600.
  6. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    You can also upgrade the processor to somewhere around 1Ghz+ on the cube when you get more money. But if you track down an 800Mhz eMac get it!

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