iMac for Video Editing?

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  1. JoshFink macrumors regular

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    I'm looking to get a new iMac for doing things such as HD video editing as well as organizing photo's and just general daily stuff.

    I'm looking at the top end 24" model
    * 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme
    * 2GB memory
    * 500GB hard drive1
    * 8x double-layer SuperDrive
    * ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory


    Is this sufficient for me to hook up my HD Camcorder and edit and burn HD video in a usable manner? I can do it now on my old P4-3.0ghz PC but it's very slow and very choppy. I'm looking for something with a little more power.

    Thanks

    Josh
     
  2. kman34 macrumors member

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    Steve Jobs did what you are wanting to do during the presentation on the new iMac...go to the website and you can watch the whole thing.
     
  3. JoshFink thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks.. I guess the question I have is, how much of that is fluff and how much of that is real world?

    Josh
     
  4. theBB macrumors 68020

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    Well, I did a bit of HD editing with iMovie 06 on a Core Duo iMac, 18 months old now and it worked out well. Rendering transitions does not happen instantly, but the wait is only a few seconds. In all these months, iMovie crashed on me maybe 2 or 3 times, so I am happy so far. Your proposed iMac should do better.
     
  5. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Get your extra memory third party and save, or get more of it for the same price. Otheworldcomputing.com is good.

    Yes, that machine is very very capable. Even the 2.4 GHZ machine is very capable, but if you have the money to go for the 2.8 go ahead, it will give you some extra punch.
     
  6. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816

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    You'll be great with this machine.

    I'm still getting paid to edit with a PowerBook G4 1.67 with 1.5GB RAM.

    I am considering the iMac myself with the £££ I get paid for some future video work.
     
  7. JoshFink thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nice.. Good suggestion...

    Thanks
     
  8. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a

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    Yes that configuration would be great for video editing. But...if your going to spend that kind of money, why not just get a mac pro? Just wondering
     
  9. JoshFink thread starter macrumors regular

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    Because this comes out to about $2200 with the corporate discount. The Mac Pro is more expensive and doesn't come with a monitor and such. The Mac pro comes out to about $2800 + a monitor. Of course, it's $2800 with Dual GeForce 7300 video cards but still.
     
  10. JoshFink thread starter macrumors regular

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    How many slots does the iMac have for memory?
     
  11. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a

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    O yeah that monitor, thats what kills you. Well if you did decide to get the pro dont get the extra ram from apple, get third-party RAM. You just gotta make sure its got the right heat sinks. Also, www.macmall.com has the iMac for a bit cheaper if you want to take a look there.
     
  12. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    It has 2. so at OWC (other world computing or whever you get it) you could get 1 more GB stick to get with the 1 it comes with to have 2 GB.

    The 1 extra stick is like $50. Just make sure you get the one that says 1 x 1GB and not 2 x 512.

    Or you could get 1 x 2GB stick and have 3 GB total, but those cost like $130 or something.

    the iMac maxes out at 2 x 2 GB sticks.
     
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  14. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    i use my imac for FCS and it works out fine. You should have no problem with your specs.
     
  15. Chone macrumors 65816

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    You should be fine, that 2.8GHz Merom packs quite a punch and its dual core. When I was benchmarking my MBP (the first gen, the Core 1 Duo ones) I was pretty satisfied with its iMovie performance.
     
  16. JoshFink thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nice.. Thanks guys.. I think I'll go with those specs.. Get a 2gb stick from a 3rd party and be fine.

    Josh
     
  17. JoshFink thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey.. On macmall.com can you recommend which sticks to get?

    I was looking for the 2gb stick. I can't seem to find it.

    Thanks

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  18. netdog macrumors 603

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    My 2.16 24" is great for video editing so at 2.8 will be fabu.
     
  19. JoshFink thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok. I'm ready to pull the trigger on this.. Can anyone help me with finding the ram I need?

    Thanks

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  20. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I'd suggest getting a FW HDD to store all of your media on. The machine runs more efficiently w/the programs and media on separate drives especially since as hard drives fill up the read/write speeds drop which can cause errors while editing.


    Lethal
     
  21. oduinnin macrumors regular

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    iMac Memory

    Go here, take your pick. iMac Memory
    :)
     
  22. JoshFink thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anything in particular that you recommend?

    Thanks
     
  23. Toddgabweg macrumors member

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    Editing is super fast and easy, but sharing the movie takes awhile, so does making a DVD...
     
  24. zap2 macrumors 604

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    You'll be fine, but a nice 1TB hard drive would go far if you plan on keep lots of projects on your Mac.
     
  25. JoshFink thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks....

    I appreciate the help.
     

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