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Dustin Daniels
iMac / FCP
on Mar 31, 2010 at 7:20:08 pm

Hi all,

Is anyone running FCP on an iMac? I'm looking at the following specs:

Quad-Core 2.8GHz Intel Core i78GB
8GB RAM
2TB Hard Drive
ATI Radeon HD 4850 Graphics

Thanks,
-Dustin


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Alan Smith
Re: iMac / FCP
on Mar 31, 2010 at 7:45:37 pm

I running FCP3 on my iMac. It works well for simple/basic work, but limits you as to what kind of work you can do. I have done plenty of SD editing on this system, no HD yet. Not sure I would try either. You have no video output monitoring.

Can you edit with it, yes. Would I make it my production computer, NO. Motion is SLOWWWWWWWW!!!! It works, but it is not a professional, production piece of equipment.



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Robert Foote
Re: iMac / FCP
on Apr 1, 2010 at 5:46:37 am

I am currently running 4 iMac (2007) with leopard and FCP 3 and it works fine. I do have some slower rendering issues but am maxxed at 4GB Ram. It will do what you want but beware of tryig to network the new imac7's they dont like it I hear.n


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Andy Mees
Re: iMac / FCP
on Apr 1, 2010 at 6:01:42 am

I'm amazed so many folks are still running FCP3 ... fwiw, at USD 299, now is a great time to upgrade.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: iMac / FCP
on Apr 1, 2010 at 6:06:35 am

[Andy Mees] "I'm amazed so many folks are still running FCP3"

I gotta believe he meant FCS3. Don't ya think?

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Andy Mees
Re: iMac / FCP
on Apr 1, 2010 at 6:11:23 am

Boo ... you're spoiling my fun David :-)


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David Roth Weiss
Re: iMac / FCP
on Apr 1, 2010 at 6:15:40 am

That one went right over my head Andy.

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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles

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Robert Foote
Re: iMac / FCP
on Apr 1, 2010 at 3:45:53 pm

Of course I meant FCS3, egads, I dont think I would get nearly half as confused if I were still running FCP3. Ahh the days of only one screen full of codecs are long gone!

Adapt and overcome!


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Mark Petereit
Re: iMac / FCP
on Apr 1, 2010 at 9:22:59 pm

I use my 27" iMac 4-core for HD video editing and I love it! Performance-wise, it feels exactly the same to me as editing on my 8-core Mac Pro, but that gorgeous 27" screen and the magic mouse just seem to make for a much more pleasurable editing experience.

Granted, there are two potential deal-breakers with this machine: the network chip they use is not capable of jumbo frames so you're not going to get acceptable throughput if you're trying to access large files over an ethernet SAN. And you obviously can't install a Kona or BlackMagic card for a broadcast display.

But since I deal exclusively with local storage and edit HD for non-broadcast delivery, it's a dream machine for me.


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Dustin Daniels
Re: iMac / FCP
on Apr 1, 2010 at 9:35:29 pm

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your input. I would love to chat on the phone for a few minutes if you have time. 480-755-7696

Thank you!
-Dustin Daniels

Dustin Daniels | http://www.sozovideo.com


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Mark Petereit
Re: iMac / FCP
on Apr 5, 2010 at 12:16:44 pm

Time is something I really don't have much of. But if you have any questions, feel free to email me: mark@fwcflorence.com


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