How well will the new 3.06 run Final Cut Pro?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Cranka, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Cranka macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, hopefully my last topic :)

    How well will the new 24" 3.06 with a GT 130 run Final Cut Pro when dealing with HD footage?

    If I remember correctly, FCP doesn't pull much resources from the gfx card, but that's just my memory, not factual knowledge that i'm pulling from. Currently, when working in FCP I have been working with Mac Pro's, but would like to have a Mac of my own that way I can get some work done when i'm at my house as well.

    I work mostly with 1080i footage and most of my projects end up being anywhere from 30 seconds to about 45 minutes long.

    I know that FCP asks for you to have 2 gb for HD and SD footage, then 4gb ram for uncompressed HD footage... the 3.06 comes with 4 gb, so i would think that to be a set deal... i'm just still kind of in a rut while making this decision.

    Does anyone currently have a iMac (new or old) and do any type of video renders that can get to be lengthy? If so, how well does the iMac hold up?

    Thanks.

    -Cranka
     
  2. iObama macrumors 6502

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    We have last generation 24" 3.06s and also 20" 2.66GHz, all with 4GB of RAM in my Video Productions class. They run all of the programs in FCS2 very well, although as not as good as a Mac Pro, of course.
     
  3. Cranka thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks, that's what I was thinking... so now i'm starting to lean towards the baseline quad mac pro... they're around the same pricing atleast :\
     
  4. iObama macrumors 6502

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    I would only do it if you really need to do Motion a lot. To me at least, there's little difference between the two during day-to-day use.
     

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