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Joshua Haschke
Optimum configuration for iMac i7 setup with Final cut X and external drives
on May 17, 2011 at 8:07:41 pm

Hello,

I am currently filming a documentary movie filming on 3 types camera and media: Canon XH 1a (HDV at 24), Sony NEX 5 (Full 1080HD avchd) and iphone 4 (720p). I will be editing with Final Cut Pro X once it hits the market.

My machine is an iMac 27" i7 3.4, 1TB internal HD, 16G Ram and AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2G VRam. I also have a WD 4TB external and a 500G WD External HD. i plan on getting another 4TB once the first 4TB fill up.

What is the optimum configuration to handle all this mix media footage with these HDs with Final Cut X in order to make the most of this hardware? Raid or no Raid?

Thank you so much

Cheers,

Haschke

iMac 27" i7 3.4, 1TB internal HD, 16G Ram and AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2G VRam, WD 4TB external and a 500G WD External HD


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Craig Seeman
Re: Optimum configuration for iMac i7 setup with Final cut X and external drives
on May 17, 2011 at 9:05:49 pm

We probably won't know for sure until we see how those H.264 files are handled but there are some things one should be looking for. Given the 64bit nature of things you may want to be open to getting more RAM since FCPX should be able to use it if you find any performance issues with your current amount.

BTW is this a new Thunderbolt iMac?

One question will be how HDV from tape will be imported since there's been some debate about how tape will be supported.

If H.264 genuinely handles well you may be able to avoid going to Apple ProRes which could save on hard drive space used.



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Joshua Haschke
Re: Optimum configuration for iMac i7 setup with Final cut X and external drives
on May 18, 2011 at 4:52:06 am

Thanks so much...

Yes its a thunderbolt iMac. Have I doomed myself from using three different cameras to catch 3 different angles? One reply said its a "nightmare.." " nothing will match" because of the codecs. what are your thoughts? Is it still possible?

Are we talking massive amounts of time? how would you set up the external 4TB drive? should i not set anything up until FCPX comes out? i have about 300 gigs of footage from the next 5 and iphone archived.. and the canon footage is still on tape.

In addition.. its already maxed out at 16gigs of ram.. i guess that will have to do. i only got the iMac instead of the Mac pro to keep the whole project under a $10,000 budget.... perhaps this was a mistake.

Thanks so much,

Cheers,


Thunderbolt iMac 27" i7 3.4, 1TB internal HD, 16G Ram and AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2G VRam. WD 4TB and 500G WD External HD


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Sohrab Sandhu
Re: Optimum configuration for iMac i7 setup with Final cut X and external drives
on May 17, 2011 at 10:19:07 pm

[Joshua Haschke] "I am currently filming a documentary movie filming on 3 types camera and media: Canon XH 1a (HDV at 24), Sony NEX 5 (Full 1080HD avchd) and iphone 4 (720p)"

An editor's worst nightmare!

Thank God you plan to edit on your own.

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Craig Seeman
Re: Optimum configuration for iMac i7 setup with Final cut X and external drives
on May 18, 2011 at 1:12:02 am

Actually mixing those three formats will show what FCPX is truly made of. HDV tape input and two H.264 codecs. Nothing will match. This is a pretty good torture test project.



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James Mortner
Re: Optimum configuration for iMac i7 setup with Final cut X and external drives
on May 18, 2011 at 2:59:25 pm

"Actually mixing those three formats will show what FCPX is truly made of. HDV tape input and two H.264 codecs. Nothing will match. This is a pretty good torture test project."

One of the most intelligent things I've read in this forum. I wouldn't especially want to be the editor on this as you will be in utterly uncharted waters.

Best of luck to you sir !


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