iMac 21.5- video editing

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  1. denisbarbov macrumors member

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    Hello because I am about to buy a new computer I would like to ask you if the base version of the iMac 21.5 is good enough for video editing with after effects, maya 3d and photoshop. I will also use it for movies, web and music. I really wonder if the the video card can be used for video editing. :)
    Thanks in advance.

    PS: I am sorry if there is another thread but I couldn't find it.
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I think the best thing you could do is check the minimum system requirements for all applications and compare it to the computer's specs.
     
  3. denisbarbov thread starter macrumors member

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    Well fo rafter effects:
    Mac 10.5.7 or 10.6.3 and higher

    Processor type(s) & speed: Intel Processor with 64bit support

    After Effects CS5 requires a 64-bit operating system.

    RAM minimum: 2GB

    Video RAM: 256MB

    Maya 3d:
    Windows and Linux: Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon processor with SSE3 instruction set support (or higher)
    Macintosh® computer: Macintosh computer with a Intel-based 64 bit processor
    4 GB RAM
    10 GB free hard drive space
    Certified hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card
    Three-button mouse with mouse driver software


    If someone can tell me if it is good enough i would be very thankful. :)
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    And what about the system you're configuring or what are the specs of the base system?

    You see what is happening here? I'm trying to show you how to always be able to find this out without worrying about opinions. ;)

    But I will throw you a bone:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1565704
     
  5. denisbarbov thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey, sorry i really forgot to write them. Here they are:
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    Quad-Core i5 2.7GHz
    Nvidia GT 640M 512MB
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Does the 21.5 have an i7 processor option? The machine you want should run the apps fine. The i7 will likely give you more power that will save you valuable time. Otherwise, I think based on specs alone and specs of the 640m card, you'll be fine.
     
  7. denisbarbov thread starter macrumors member

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    Well it doesn't. It has up to 2.9GHz and nvidia gt650m 512mb.
    So you are saying that the base model would do just fine, but render slow. How slow? :)

    Is the difference really big between GT650M and GT640M?

    Thanks.
     
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I don't think you'll see much difference between the 640 and 650, but I would consider upping that as well. If you have no i7 option then I can't tell you the time, but it will be fine. You'll just render a little slower. It won't "not work" if that is what you're asking.
     
  9. denisbarbov thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. So it will work good, will not crash. I won't really use it every day. I do this for fun when i shoot videos. I will edit movies up to max 20 minutes. :D
    It will mostly be used for movies, web, music and once or twice a week for video/photo editing. :)
    PS:Are there applications for the mac os. I mean players, browsrs etc.? Thanks again. :)
     
  10. fig macrumors 6502a

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    I'm on a dual i7 Mini and I can run Maya pretty well.

    For general editing and animation you'll be fine, though if you can afford to bump the CPU up wouldn't hurt. You can get the RAM yourself after you get the iMac and install it, much cheaper.
     
  11. denisbarbov thread starter macrumors member

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    Guys, I have another question. Is the MAC OS good? Better than WINDOWS? Does it have lags etc.? Do the programs work better than on windows? I am little a noobie when it comes to mac os. :)
     
  12. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

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    Only on the 27"
     
  13. fig macrumors 6502a

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    Good call, forgot they changed that.



    There's a reason we're all on here :)

    Programs generally don't run significantly differently from platform to platform, but I greatly prefer working in OS X over Windows. Others feel differently.
     

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