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stu stubb
FCP Studio 7 and iMAC
on Apr 22, 2010 at 5:50:23 pm

I am thinking about buying an iMAC and FCP Studio 7.
Will FCP Studio 7 run fine on an iMAC?

I think this iMAC would be fine handling FCP Studio 7.

I will not be doing any HD work.

iMAC specs are:
21.5inch 3.06ghz
4GB ram
ATI Radeon HD 4670
Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard


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Kevin Monahan
Re: FCP Studio 7 and iMAC
on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:04:27 pm

It's great for editing, not so good for capturing video if that's what you're planning to do.

Kevin Monahan
60 Blu-ray Templates for Final Cut Studio 2009
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro

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Michael Sacci
Re: FCP Studio 7 and iMAC
on Apr 22, 2010 at 10:08:38 pm

do a search on this forum, all the pros and cons have been discussed many, many times.

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Dan Rollins
Re: FCP Studio 7 and iMAC
on Apr 23, 2010 at 3:57:49 am

I have the new 27" iMac (see specs in my sig) and I have been very happy with it. Not sure how my 2.8 i7 compares to yours, but iMacs are good. Just be sure you get your render & edit codecs in order to speed up rendering!

Dan Rollins
HDSLR Videographer (T2i & 7D shooter) - FCP7.0.2 (Studio 3) - 27" iMac 2.8 Quad Core i7 4GB RAM

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Jonathan Clauson
Re: FCP Studio 7 and iMAC
on Apr 23, 2010 at 11:51:50 am

I have been very happy with my iMac, but I don't do HD footage editing and from the time I have used it I nearly killed the poor thing in Motion.

The only limitations I find annoying that I only recently found out about in the last week even, were the inability for the iMac to output CC data via the internal firewire. Now there are decks that will support it and read CC data over FW but I sadly do not have one so you would need an external card that could take the data and throw it onto line 21 for you.

So if you are looking to do SD or very basic HD and don't need to cut an 3 hour epic piece I would say it is fine. Besides the entry point is a LOT cheaper than the cheese grater (MacPro).

- Jonathan

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