Is a 3.06ghz imac realistic for Motion &/or After Effects

Discussion in 'iMac' started by HunterGather, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. HunterGather macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2008
    Is it realistic to run Motion 3 and or After Effects on a maxed out iMac editing/creating DV and HD video?

    Or would it still be a pain?
  2. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    You might want to consider a Mac Pro. Stuff like Motion can benefit from a decent video card and lots of RAM...especially if you make the jump to HD. If you were just doing DV I'd say it'd be fine, but for HD you'd want something better.
  3. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    ive done motion in DV on 3.06 ghz 4gb imac and its great

    havent done any hd work much yet - only simple title animations - but for that its fine and final cut works great with hd

    macpro is always better of course

    depends a bit on how serious your motion projects get

    but im very happy with the performance for what i do
  4. HunterGather thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2008
    Thanks for the responses.

    For now, i just wanted a good machine to practice and create stuff for a portfolio of sorts to show off work.
    But a mac pro is really out of my price range.

    So a 3.06 is fine, yeah?

    And a slightly unrelated question.

    Is the macbook capable of functioning well when editing HD video?

    Nothing huge. Obviously not to run things like MOTION or AE, but for portable use, it would be cool to be able to use Final Cut Express to work with HD video and not have to get a macbook pro.

  5. MacAgent84 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2009
    Running Motion and After Effects with SD video on that machine is great! There is no comparison to a PC with similar hardware specs and similar software. But, if you are going to be editing HD material, it depends on exactly how much memory per second the files would be, but you will definitely notice a strain on the machine.

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  6. argos4000 macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2009
    Lol. I would prefer to keep the iMac-I like the screen. Mac Pro would be cool though... But if you don't really want to customize it and all, then just get an iMac.
  7. NightSailor macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2008
    Video Editing with iMac

    If you can hang on a few more months, and pick up a bit better processor in a machine that can handle more RAM, it would be worth the wait.

    I find the magic number for memory is 8GB. Perhaps 10-12GB would be better. I have 16GB in my machine and never use half of it. I've been waiting for a MacBook that could handle 8GB--and it is here! Yippie.

    But, on the other hand, people are selling iMac is with 8GB of Ram in Amazon right now. So it may be that you could get by with the iMac you mentioned. It all depends on what formats you are editing. I think you would find that this iMac would work ok for you. If you can wait a few more months, you might find the updates make for a better machine. If you are into editing uncompressed video, there is no question you need a Mac Pro and even that will be breathing hard.

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