video editing: iMac vs PowerMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by hpeezy, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. hpeezy macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2004
    vancouver, bc
    anyone here use Final Cut Pro 4 on an iMac? how does it compare to a PowerMac?

    a friend of mine is about to purchase, and he wants to go with the iMac for the option of "portablility" but i can't help but think that the PowerMac would be so much better and more powerful for video editing..
  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    A dual processor G5 PM will eat an iMac alive when it comes to dealing with video matters, the single processor PM will be slightly better, but not by a great deal.

    The difference will be in intensive processing like rendering and exporting, actual editing won't be that different on either machine.

    The fact you can stick a second HD in a PM is also a plus, as video is better captured/edited on a drive other than the System drive.

    Plenty of RAM helps too, but the iMac can carry plenty.
  3. iMetalG5 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2005
    i don't do anything fancy but I use iMovie / iDVD to create my home made videos and i've done some VHS--> Digital conversions to create movies as well - and I have the iMac G5 1.6 version w/1.5GB RAM but it doesn't even use that much.

    The encoding takes a long time but i'm unsure if its quicker with the PM, i would assume so. If he is seriously into movie editing on a semi-pro level then he should be looking at the PM G5 2.0 version. If not and its just kinda a hobby and he doesn't do much then definitly the iMac.
  4. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm happy doing professional editing on my lil' 1.25 powerbook. The only thing that holds me back at all is my 512mb of ram.

    As long as your friend isn't editing anything longer than a couple hours, an iMac would serve him fine.

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