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  • Do I have the right setup?

    Posted by Jake on April 2, 2005 at 1:22 am

    Hi Guys and Gals,

    I’m thinking of getting a new (I’m a PC user) MAC to run Final Cut Pro to do some small editing jobs. The jobs I will be doing won’t be more than 6 hours (80GB) of raw DV footage at a time. I really like the new iMAC G5 design, but I’m concerned that I can’t upgrade the system. So if I have FCP 4.5 and the following specs on a iMAC, do you think it’ll manage editing properly without my this system running slow.

    20″ widescreen display
    512MB DDR400 SDRAM
    160GB Serial ATA Drive
    Superdirve (DVD-R, CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeFORCE FX 5200 Ultra (with 64MB video RAM)


    Daniel Murphy replied 19 years, 2 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Shane Ross

    April 2, 2005 at 1:25 am

    More RAM would definately help. Another 512 MB should suffice.

    And an external firewire drive to capture to is essential. Check out Seagate and Hitachi externals, for the are the best. I myself have a couple CobraPro drives that have been workhorses for 3 years.

  • Bret Williams

    April 2, 2005 at 5:37 am

    Put 2 gigs of RAM in that thing. The OS needs at least 256, and FCP loves a gig even in it’s OS9 days. You’ll want to run other things and have overhead.

  • Daniel Murphy

    April 3, 2005 at 12:50 am

    I’ve edited a 12hr video on a G4 imac with the 15″ screen and 768 megs of RAM.

    That sucked. But it worked.

    I now use a dual 2Ghz G5 and love it. The dual processors scream through tasks.

    So to answer your question, stick a little more RAM in it, and you’ll have a good machine. But, IMHO if you can afford it, splurge and get the PowerMac, you won’t be disappointed.

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