Hardware factors to consider when editing video

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Bonked, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. Bonked macrumors member

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    We've got a 2.0 Ghz Macbook (integrated GMA950 graphics) and an external hard drive we've been using to import, edit, and save iMovies, using a DV camcorder. The process is slow but bare-able. I'm wondering how much of a difference we'd see if we bought a 20in iMac 2.66 Ghz. What aspects of the hardware influence using iMovie? CPU matters I'm sure. But what about graphics chip, frontside bus, etc? Would we really see a big difference in terms of editing/saving going from the Macbook to the iMac?

    Thanks!
     
  2. macman7002 macrumors regular

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    Hey!
    Yes, CPU does matter, frontside bus and the graphics card do impact the performance in video editing, you would defiantly see a speed boost with the iMac, however the choice is yours for if you think you would be better off editing on an iMac versus a MacBook. With the iMac you would also have a 20 inch screen.
     
  3. ChemiosMurphy macrumors 6502

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    Video cards doesn't have that much impact over final cut. The only issue i have is with 2 video cards, the render effects in the A button don't work. But the video card only really matters with like motion.

    But CPU and Ram really matter. Have at least 2 gigs of ram minimum. A core 2duo in the imac will work fine. The Xeon only really goes up to 800 when utilizing compressor. For DV the imac will work fine.
     

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