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  • Have a few question about Motion

    Posted by Jose Burgos on April 7, 2005 at 3:21 pm

    I am thinking of purchasing a Mac just for Motion.
    1) I here it runs OK on a Power Book as long as it has 2 gigs of ram but will it work close to real-time on a G4 Dual?
    Asking because there are good deals on dual G4’s on ebay and other sources and a G5 is well, expensive for my budget right now.

    2) Does Motion export AVI files and is the process quick?
    Asking because files will be send to a PC for editing and the editing software does not import QT files and QT Pro on my system (dual xeon 2.4 with 2 g ram) crawls at converting to AVI file.

    Thanks in advance,
    Jose Burgos

    Jose Burgos replied 19 years ago 4 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Noah Kadner

    April 7, 2005 at 5:11 pm

    Better on a G5, Powerbooks run slow with Motion. AVI can be exported.


  • Jose Burgos

    April 7, 2005 at 6:45 pm

    Since it is slow on a Power Book, was wondering how good it works on a dual G4.

    Thank you,
    Jose Burgos

  • Noah Kadner

    April 8, 2005 at 1:10 am

    Also fairly slow. Here’s some data:

  • Jose Burgos

    April 8, 2005 at 3:06 am

    Great link, thank you.

    Take care,
    Jose Burgos

  • Trevor Ward

    April 8, 2005 at 3:10 am

    I didn’t notice an AVI export option. But I’ve got a dual2.0 G5 with 2 GB ram and it runs “ok” until you start laying several things. I’ve only got 64MB video ram and I think if I jumped to 128 it’d be a lot better. If I was going to run Motion a lot I’d also upgrade to 4GB ram.

  • Richert Goyette

    April 10, 2005 at 9:22 pm


    Much of Motion’s workload is the responsibility of the graphic’s card. Consequently, it is a key consideration in any system you select. To the best of my knowledge, you cannot upgrade the graphic’s card on any of the PowerBooks. So, don’t purchase one with the thought that you’ll upgrade: RAM Yes, videocard and processor No.

    Rich Goyette

  • Jose Burgos

    April 10, 2005 at 10:05 pm

    So what card is the way to go if I get a used dual G4 with 2 gig ram?

    Jose Burgos

  • Richert Goyette

    April 11, 2005 at 4:29 pm


    You need the video card with the fastest GPU and most memory that will work in a G4. Although I believe that Radeon will have the latest and greatest for the Mac sometime this year, right now the ‘hot’ card is the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT DDL. Check with Apple about compatibility before you buy anything, however. In addition, the GeForce card’s width blocks access to an adjacent slot so if it will install and work in your machine and you have other cards in slots, you may have to make a sacrifice.


  • Jose Burgos

    April 11, 2005 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you and everyone for giving me all this information.
    I have enough data to make a purchase now that I have the graphics card info.

    Great bunch of guys you all are 🙂

    Take care,
    Jose Burgos

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