iMac for Video editing

Discussion in 'iMac' started by simonreinras, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. simonreinras macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    Do you think a iMac with:

    2,8 GHz,
    16 GB ram,
    1000 GB harddisk
    i7,
    16 GB DDR3,
    1TB SATA,
    21.5"
    Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB

    From mid 2011

    - would be able to handle video editing. Mostly 1080 (h.264) but also 4K?
    Not just handle it "OK", but handle it good :)

    Thank you!

    Simon
     
  2. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

    Sirmausalot

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    1080 should be okay, 4K will struggle. Not having an SSD will be the most painful. FCP X will transcode to proxy in the background, helping performance. I hope you aren't paying too much for it as it is pretty old tech.
     
  3. simonreinras thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your answer. Around 700 dollars. Wouldn't it be possible to install a ssd card?
     

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  4. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

    Dreadnought

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    Yes, done it with my 2010 i7 iMac, see the specs in my sig. Just look at OWC for a kit and the installing video. Very easy to do, just take your time. You can gave the ssd next to the hdd for extra storage. At least that is in the 27", I'm not so sure about the 21.5". But you'll see fast enought at OWC
     
  5. cynics macrumors G4

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    Impossible to say without knowing the software you plan on using and the type of video editing you are going to be doing.

    Installing an SSD is certainly possible and would improve the overall system performance quite a bit. I would wait until you use it for a bit though just to see if you feel its necessary.
     
  6. simonreinras thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Final cut pro for now... maybe Premiere in the future...
     

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