Please suggest a video editing app for my IMAC G5

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Barrett63, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. Barrett63 macrumors newbie

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    I recently bought a Sony HDR-HC5 Hi Def. video camera and now have a lot of content in need of editing. My machine currently is running iMovie '04 which doesn't support the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio my camera records in (everything gets squished). I recently learned the newer versions of iMovie (06 & 08) do support the widescreen format but, surprise surprise, I need a machine with a 1.9 GHz processor. Naturally mine has a 1.8Ghz processor. I would also need to upgrade to OSX 10.4 but that's a moot point due to my processor shortcomings.

    Sooo... Is there an editing app out there that will support 16:9 and run on my machine with the current processor? Will Final Cut Express HD3.5 run on this machine? Is there another (cheaper) option I am missing?
    I just want to chop out boring bits of video, add some text and background music, and burn DVD's, nothing crazy.
    Thanks for any help folks.
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    -B
     
  2. liketom macrumors 601

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  3. Ghibli macrumors regular

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    iMovie 06 will work perfectly on you machine (iMovie 08 instead will NOT). I Would give iMovie 06 a try (download fron apple and give a search on the net if you do not have ilife 08...). Otherwise Avid Free (but I don't like it) of Final Cut Express (that will work on the iMac but is really a complex app to work with.
     
  4. Barrett63 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried Free Avid, now on to iMovie '06? Really?

    Downloaded the Free Avid but unfortunately still have squeezed video. The help page says that only the 4:3 aspect ratio is supported. Argh. Back to square 1.

    I was going to upgrade to iLife '06 but the system requirements on the Apple store site state that a 1.9Ghz or faster processor is required. Are you sure that iMovie '06 will work on my 1.8Ghz G5?
    Thanks for the help.
     
  5. liketom macrumors 601

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    ilife 06 will work fine for you - i was running 06 on a PM G5 1.8 long time ago
     
  6. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    I have a 1.8G G5 single CPU PowerMac.
    It runs iMovie 08 just fine. And all previous versions.
    I also have FCE and that works too.
     
  7. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Explanation

    iLIfe '06 (and iMovie '06) works just fine on my 1.5ghz G4 12" laptop. Go get it.
     
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    iLife 06 works as a charm on my 1.6 GHz Powermac G5 (even better on my Macbook 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo). I would use the download from apple as a test (download it and then do some googling....) If it works go find a copy and buy it (very good value for the money).
     
  9. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Nope

    You're looking at the requirements for iLife '08, not '06.
     
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