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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Nov 08, 2009
    Home video editing: is iMac good enough?
    Hi - I'm in the market for my first Mac in about 10 years. I haven't kept up on what's going on in the Mac world.

    Are the new iMac's powerful enough to edit and produce home video? I'm talking about my digital video, not making anything professional.

    Or do I need to spend [gasp] $3200 on a Mac Pro.

    I just don't want more computer than I need (not a gamer), but I also don't want to have a video editing machine that can barely do the job.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2

    Kash's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 03, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    The iMacs are more than capable for home video. My brother started with iMovie, moved up to Final Cut Express, and now dabbles on Final Cut Pro, all on an iMac. He just upgraded to a new 27" iMac and has pretty nice HD equipment.

    You'll be fine with an iMac.

    June 2007
    July 2009

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Dec 13, 2009
    I know I'm a little late in the reply, but I'm a professional editor and I edit both 1080 and 720 HD video as well as standard def video on a regular basis. The only Mac I've owned is a late 06 iMac which handles the workflow just fine. I don't accomplish things as quickly as other people might, but my deadlines are usually measured in days, not hours anyway.

    My only suggestion would be make sure that the system has at least 4G of RAM (for most systems from Apple these days, that's the minimum they offer anyway) and have lots of external storage.

    The Mac Pros are really great, but way more machine than you will need.

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    code54's Avatar
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    Dec 14, 2008
    Alum. Mac book 13", MacBook Pro 15"
    Should not be a problem at all. All the macs are fine for home use video editing. Some just take a little longer than others but that is the beauty of non paid work, time is not nearly as important (when it is not money :-)

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Dec 26, 2009
    I just bought the new MC413x/a . I am downloading my first DV recording. I told the guy in the shop I wanted to edit 3 cams into one and he said yes it could do it.
    im now seeing that I may need final cut express or pro
    can I edit 3 cams into one with this machine?
    its a dance concert and I do need the 3 cams.

  6. #6

    Mac Pro's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 06, 2009
    27" iMac Quad Core i7 2.8 ghz 1TB HDD
    The iMacs are completely capable of producing home videos, especially if it's the new quad core iMac.

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    May 19, 2008
    27" i7 iMac 2.8 Ghz, 1TB, 8GB RAM | 13" MBP 2.53Ghz 320GB HD, 4G RAM | iPad 2 64GB+3G *WHITE*
    quad core iMac's are beast.. you can do whatever whenever on them.
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  8. #8

    XJ-linux's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 02, 2007
    Going Galt...
    I edit HD content on a white MacBook with 4GB RAM just fine. You should be OK.
    Never judge a man, untill you have walked a mile in his shoes...
    That way you'll be a mile away from him, and you'll have his shoes.

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    vitaopus's Avatar
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    Oct 28, 2009
    27" 2.88 Quad-Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 2TB HD, 512 ATI Raedon
    Mac's are great for professional even!

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