imovie 7.1 (iLife 08) and Core Video

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by quadgirl, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. quadgirl macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2006
    Does anyone know if iMovie 7.1 uses Core Video when playing video in the main window. In other words, would using a more powerful graphics card help iMovie play the video more smoothly? Or is it totally down to the CPU? We're talking an old AGP Powermac G5 here with a lowly FX5200 64mb and the video playback window is a little choppy (around 15 fps instead of 25).
  2. jwt macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2007
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think iMovie 08 only runs on Intel hardware. That's why they're providing iMovie 06 as a free download for 08 owners.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    iMovie requires a 1.9 GHZ G5 or faster.

    The nVidia FX5200 has overall terrible performance.
  4. quadgirl thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2006
    I does install on a 1.8 ghz G5 fine though. I was really suprised, but it does work without any hacks/mods.

    Yes, the FX5200 is an all round awful card, not just for gaming. But would a better card in a 1.6 G5 improve iMovie 08? For example, when I tried Aperture in my Quad G5 (no problems with CPU power here) I saw huge performance gains going from a Nvidia 6600 to a 7800GT. This is because Aperture uses Core Image.

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