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carlton hathcoat
New iMac and MacBook Pro
on Sep 19, 2018 at 2:52:35 pm

Good afternoon,

I am planning to upgrade from my Mid 2010 Mac Pro to an iMac. I traditionally don't do a lot of high end graphics (for the most part my Mid 2010 has been enough), but I recently purchased a Sony FS7 Mark II and while I haven't had a need to shoot in 4K yet, I am sure that I will be doing a lot of 4K in the near future, so I definitely need to upgrade. The question I have is this: Is the iMac a good enough machine for editing motion graphics and 4K videos, and if so what specs do you recommend? Or should I be considering iMac Pro? If I go with iMac Pro, what specs are recommended?
I realize that in the perfect world I would go with the best I can get, but my older MacBook Pro Logic board crapped out yesterday and I have to replace that immediately, which makes my budget a little difficult. I would like to stay under $6,000 for both, but if the professional opinion is to go with iMac Pro I am willing to do it, or get the top of line iMac instead of bottom line iMac Pro.

The MacBook Pro I am planning to buy is the Mid 2018 with following Specs:

2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 Six-Core
16GB of 2400 MHz RAM | 512GB SSD
15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU (4GB GGDR5)

Is this enough to edit 4K or should I upgrade this MacBook Pro?

Here are specs I am looking at for iMac:

4.2GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
16GB 2400MHz DDR4
2TB Fusion Drive
Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB video memory.

Is 16GB enough memory?

Here are Specs for iMac Pro:

3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
32GB 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory
Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB of HBM2 memory

Also, I don't know anything about the new Fusion Drives, so any info on that would be helpful.

Thanks, I look forward to the feedback.

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Steve Connor
Re: New iMac and MacBook Pro
on Sep 19, 2018 at 4:37:07 pm

I edit 4K from the FS7 on my 2015 MacBook Pro all the time and FCPX works very well with it. Your spec should be more than enough if your media is on a fast drive.

iMac will also be fine but get 32GB if you can afford it.

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carlton hathcoat
Re: New iMac and MacBook Pro
on Sep 19, 2018 at 5:52:37 pm

Thank you, what drives do you recommend for editing onto?

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Bret Williams
Re: New iMac and MacBook Pro
on Sep 23, 2018 at 4:42:11 pm

A thunderbolt raid 5. Even though I’m on a 2016 MB Pro, I’m still using a Pegasus R4 thunderbolt 1 I bought with my old 2011 iMac. I thought about upgrading to a TB3 version, but here’s what they don’t mention, the TB1 interface is faster than a 4 drive raid 5 can output. So the benefit is negligible. I would reccomend a 6 or 8 bay raid 5 nowadays to get the increased speed you’ll likely want for 4K/8k.

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