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Soren Clemmensen
Best iMac setup for FCP editing
on Nov 30, 2011 at 1:54:13 pm

Hi guys.

Im about to buy a new iMac for 1080P ProRes(4:2:2) video editing in FCP 7.0.3 and compositing/effects in AE 5.5.

The only thing that matters to me is render time.

Therefore I have decided to go with the i7 3,4GHz

1. Will it result in much faster rendering upgrading from 8GB -> 12GB or even 16 GB RAM ?
2. Is it worth upgrading the 5970M HD from 1GB -> 2GB ?
3. Should I go for the SSD 256GB setup? Will this increase rendering or is this only influencing the start up/importing of clips speed ?

/Søren


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Shane Ross
Re: Best iMac setup for FCP editing
on Nov 30, 2011 at 5:31:16 pm

[Soren Clemmensen] "1. Will it result in much faster rendering upgrading from 8GB -> 12GB or even 16 GB RAM ?"

Nope. Rendering speed is processor based.

[Soren Clemmensen] "2. Is it worth upgrading the 5970M HD from 1GB -> 2GB ?"

Iffy. Motion would benefit...and a few FCP plugins would too. But that's it.

[Soren Clemmensen] "3. Should I go for the SSD 256GB setup? Will this increase rendering or is this only influencing the start up/importing of clips speed ?"

That would increase the speed for launching the OS (starting up the computer), and launching the apps. Won't affect rendering at all.

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Soren Clemmensen
Re: Best iMac setup for FCP editing
on Nov 30, 2011 at 5:35:50 pm

Thanks ..

Harddisk wize:

Will the money be better spend if I buy an internal 7200RPM drive for the OS and an external Lacie Thunderbolt for my media material ?


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Shane Ross
Re: Best iMac setup for FCP editing
on Nov 30, 2011 at 5:40:33 pm

Internal 7200, and yes, TB external would be a wise choice.

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