iMac for HD Video Editing

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Swab, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Swab macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I am about to purchase the current 27" Quad-Core 2.8GHz iMac to be used for HD video editing (the video's are 2-6 minutes in length) Below are the specs, and I'm going to do 1 upgrade option. Is this a good system for HD video editing?

    Also, should I upgrade the RAM or Processor speed? Being that Final Cut is 32-bit, I would assume I should upgrade the processor instead. Any help will be appreciated! Thanks.

    2.8GHz Intel Core i5
    2560-by-1440 resolution
    4GB (two 2GB) memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB
     
  2. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

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    It'll work flawlessly. What kind of camera will the footage be coming from?
     
  3. flipster macrumors 6502a

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    Your going to be pist off when they release more powerful iMacs within two months. Just saying. Take a look at the buyers guide for more info

    ON TOPIC: That iMac would do you perfect though :D
     
  4. HacKage macrumors regular

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    As above, unless you are desperate for it I would hold off. The specs you have listed for the current i5 will probably be found in the low end refreshed iMac, maybe even better due to SandyBridge.
     
  5. Travis Bickle macrumors member

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    guys, can i ask a similar question in here rather than starting another thread?

    Can the existing 21" imacs also edit HD content flawlessly? Going with the lowest spec model.

    I'm waiting for the new models to be announced then shall hopefully be buying the 21" - wanted the 27" but the missus isn't keen. I'm only going to be a casual user so have no need for a mac pro. Hopefully by accepting it's a NO to the 27" i can barter my way up to a top spec 21" with the good lady indoors ;)

    cheers for your time.
    :D
     
  6. Swab thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The footage will be coming from a Canon HV20 connected via Firewire 400.
     
  7. Swab thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The footage will be coming from a Canon HV20 connected via Firewire 400. The only thing that I have been reading about that has me a little concerned is not being able to have two seperate hard drives, one for the os and one for final cut, to prevent bottlenecks. But the 7200rpm drive should be effecient then?

    thanks
     
  8. Swab thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was looking at the buyer's guide and it's hard to say exactly when it will be coming out, but it does seem like it will be soon. The system will be used for work purposes and we're ready to get going on the content that we will produce using this machine, but do you have any concrete information as to when the new iMac's will be coming out? If it's going to be March/April we will probably just wait, but if it's going to be June/July we will probably just go ahead and order a system now...
     
  9. flipster macrumors 6502a

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    Well, my guess would be April. I pick April because the the 2008 iMac refresh was in April, the 2009 in March, the late 2009 in October, and the 2010 in July. It will most likely hit April/May.
     

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