Video editing on iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by firetree, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. firetree macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    24" iMac
    3.06ghz intel core 2 duo processor
    2x2gigs 800Mhz DDR2 SDRAM
    500GB serial ata drive
    NVIDIA 8800 GS W/512MB GDDR3
    Final cut express preinstalled.

    is what I am planning on getting i have been hearing from some other people that the iMac isnt powerfull enough to be a movie editing computer if I get this setup should it be good enough?

    I do think I will wait till novemeber to see if the new ones come out before i buy though.
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'd wait unless you need to computer for something now.
  3. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
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    It all depends on what you do. I have edited 3 two hour hd videos in iMovie hd , and while I am sure it could have been faster, it was ok. Note that this was done on a 2.0ghz machine with 1gig of ram, so your experience would be much better than mine.
  4. firetree thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2008
    hmmm ok ya I am planning on waiting for the new ones and hopefully they will have upgraded some of the stuff even more.
  5. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    What kind of footage do you intend to edit?
    It handles HDV fine and XDcam HD as well (from the EX series).
    What suffers is rendering time.
    I have a 2,16 iMac and been editing on it for 2 years.
  6. chilipie macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2006
    It depends a lot on what you're editing - with an external HDD to use as a scratch disk that would be more than enough to work with MiniDV. It'd certainly handle HDV/AVCHD, but it just depends on what you would consider acceptable.
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Video rendering and encoding has always taken some patience in general. It took more back in the iMac G5 days. :p

    The iMac is fine for video editing unless you're really pressed for time to have a finished product.
  8. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    i agree with eidorian imac is a good light video editing mac....i use my for a lot of video work.....very good cheaper option

    about imacs are soon latest jan 09 (?) i think BUT they wont be any big change from now probably so if u need it now i dont think u will miss anything amazing...not unless u can wait for nehalem or whatever :eek:
  9. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    You may as well wait, as the consensus is that there should be an iMac upgrade in the very near future. Just don't be too disappointed if the upgrade isn't "all that"...
  10. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Video editing on an iMac is a breeze. I have done several projects. All in HD. Rendering time requires patience but that's to be expected unless you have a super computer that costs thousands of dollars more.

    Put it this way. The Tim Burton movie "The Corpse Bride" was edited with Final Cut Pro on a Mac (probably a Mac Pro).
  11. dannyboxer macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2008
    Wow really? That's amazing.
  12. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Would suggest you get an external hard drive to use as a scratch disk. Your render time, depending on length, will take a bit especially if its HD. I edited SD on my 2.16 white 24 inch iMac and worked good. I bought a refurb 2Ghz mac pro when I upgraded to HD camcorder. I would wait for the next update on the iMac. I just purchased a new mac book and the new video chip used is fast which I suspect will be put in the new iMacs. Hold off if you can.

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