Mac Pro or Intel iMac for Video Editing?

vutopia

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Trying to decide on Mac Pro or Intel iMac for video editing (mostly with iLife for now) and photo editing on photoshop. Please let me know what you guys think. Thanks.
 

pknz

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iLife apps will run fine on an Intel iMac, just beef up the RAM a bit, say 1.5GB.

Photoshop will run fine once it is a Universal Binary, currently you would have to run it under Rosetta which will mean it is slower... Not to sure how usable or unusable it is
 

MT37

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I'm currently editing on a 2.0 Ghz Intel 20" iMac, and it's flawless so far. I'm going to buy a external harddrive soon for it.

I didn't have the funds for a Mac Pro at the time. So I went with the iMac.

I have had zero problems with it.

Great machine.
 

AviationFan

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Unless you have specific requirements that you know you can't meet with an iMac, you can safely assume that the current line of iMacs will do the job just fine. A lot of people do video editing on the iMac without a problem. The Mac Pro will be a little faster and give you more options for peripheral devices, but you need to decide what that's worth the extra money for you.

- Martin
 

puckhead193

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as we speak i'm working on a motion project and its running great on my imac. If you plan on expanding your system in the near future get a Macpro
 

Keebler

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i would say if it's for home videos yourself, then imac. if you plan to make money, the expandibility of the macpro is the way to go. you'll pay it off in no time.
 

vutopia

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miniConvert said:
If you can afford the Mac Pro then you'll be bowled over by it's brilliance. If you have an eye for the aesthetically pleasing as I do then you'll also want to fork out for an Apple ACD of some sort :D
Thanks to all so far for the helpful comments. This brings up something else I've been considering. If I go the Mac Pro route, I've been comparing the Apple ACD vs. Dell 2407. From a spec standpoint, it looks like the Dell's got a slight edge over the ACD with better contrast ratio (1000:1) and refresh rate (if I remember correctly). Is there something else I should take into account to better evaluate the two? What are everyone's thoughts and preferences?

Thanks again for helping out a newbie to the forums. What a great resource!
 

Rickay726

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Dec 29, 2005
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vutopia said:
Trying to decide on Mac Pro or Intel iMac for video editing (mostly with iLife for now) and photo editing on photoshop. Please let me know what you guys think. Thanks.
if your just editing with iLife then go with the iMac, definitly order more ram wiht it tho.

how ever if your looking farther down the road where your going to be more serius into editing i would go with the mac pro, mainly because you dont really have to worrt about running out of room for ram, and you are able to update the graphics card.
 

FF_productions

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I'd go with the Mac Pro if you can afford it. `


I had an iMac and hated the fact that I couldn't add internal hard drives and such.

One problem I found with my iMac G5 was the firewire bus would get really busy when playing back video and get really stuttery. I'd have a external drive plugged in and a camcorder plugged in. Probably isn't a problem anymore I'm sure.
 

Carl Spackler

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vutopia said:
Thanks to all so far for the helpful comments. This brings up something else I've been considering. If I go the Mac Pro route, I've been comparing the Apple ACD vs. Dell 2407. From a spec standpoint, it looks like the Dell's got a slight edge over the ACD with better contrast ratio (1000:1) and refresh rate (if I remember correctly). Is there something else I should take into account to better evaluate the two? What are everyone's thoughts and preferences?

Thanks again for helping out a newbie to the forums. What a great resource!
I suggest reading this thread for a good primer on what to look for in an LCD display.
 

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