imac and final cut

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thisisarcadia, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. thisisarcadia macrumors 6502

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    I am a college student going to school for film. I haven't started my major classes yet but I thought I should go ahead and get an iMac to familiarize myself with final cut. My question to you is which one should I get? The 2.8i5 or the 2.93i7. They are both pretty powerful so I am trying to see if it will be worth the extra money to get the better processor.

    PS. I would get a mac pro but I just simply cannot afford it!
     
  2. mwayne85 macrumors regular

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    If you absolutely need it now, get the quad 2.93 i7. It will handle video editing just fine for your film school needs. BUT, if you can wait a few weeks, the iMac should be getting a significant spec bump soon. I recommend the second option. It'll be worth the wait.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    What about the current i7 quad-core MBPs?
    Btw, any current Mac or any Mac since 2007 can handle FCP and editing.
    Just the transcoding of footage, when it is recorded using an MPEG-4 codec, takes a long time, thus the faster CPU will be faster with that transcoding.
     
  4. thisisarcadia thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yea i have read the rumors. I was planning on getting a refurb anyways. Thanks for the advice though
     
  5. thisisarcadia thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well I wanted a powerful base station and then maybe get a 13 mbp for on the go. I already have a late 2006 mb and I am just looking to upgrade to something a lot better
     
  6. talmy macrumors 601

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    Even if you get a refurb, the refurbs of the current generation will drop in price when the new models are released.

    There's also going to be a new Final Cut this year.

    It always pays to wait if you can.
     

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