Powermac G5 powerful enough for HD video?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by G5Unit, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    I have a single 1.8 PM G5 with 1.25gb of ram and an X800XT 256mb graphics card.

    I want to get into editing HD video but I'm not sure if it will tax my system too much.

    I would mostly be using iMovie and Adobe After Effects.

    And I was eyeing the Canon HV20.
  2. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    I can't say for sure since I don't work with HD video but, if you upgrade your RAM to at least 3 GB and use programs meant for PPC it should work ok.
  3. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I edited HD video on my PowerBook 1.5ghz 512mb machine and wasn't too hard. It took overnight to render some stuff though. Very possible with what you have now!
  4. headfuzz macrumors 6502


    Apr 13, 2007
    Brighton, UK
    My experience of video editing is not great, but I've done a few projects in Final Cut Studio 5.1 which runs fine on my dual 1.8GHz G5 with 2Gb memory and Nvidia Geforce 5200.

    I'd be surprised if your system wasn't up to the job, but to play it safe I'd avoid running unnecessary programs in the background - web browsers (Flash advert banners tax your rig more than you know!) iTunes etc.

    Basically allocate as much cpu time to iMovie and After Effects as possible and I reckon you should be ok. It will probably take a while to render but should do so nonetheless. As mentioned before though, try and bump your memory up as much as possible.

    Hth ;)
  5. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    I've edited on worse, but not HD. Should be fine though, if not a little slow for some things, like rendering, but that's always the case. Even my Mac Pro takes awhile to import and render, even SD, just the way it is. But yeah, get more RAM.

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