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Is Imac good enough for video editing??


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I am currently in the market for a mac to do video editing. I am going to be doing video reviews kind of like cnet style, about 10- 15 minutes in length with kind of a fancy intro and outro title. Is the Imac enough or would I have to go for a mac pro?? Please Advise!!
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I am currently in the market for a mac to do video editing. I am going to be doing video reviews kind of like cnet style, about 10- 15 minutes in length with kind of a fancy intro and outro title. Is the Imac enough or would I have to go for a mac pro?? Please Advise!!


It depends. Can you provide us with the specs of what you are looking at?


Also, the only role the computer plays in video/ photo editing is speed and storage, so you would want the highest specs or the specs that meet your needs. You should get something like Final Cut Pro and Photoshop if you will be doing extensive video editing. iMovie won't cut it.
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I have done some video editing in iMovie on a G4 eMac with great ease.
I produced this video in little time (less than an hour):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXBFjlMYjmY

You would want a machine that has mic input for your voice over work. The G4 towers don't have this. Although you can buy a USB-Mic adapter.

I've got some old DV tapes that I am starting to edit on my 500mhz G4 tower. I don't have any difficulty. System memory is only 256mb. I have a 500gb firewire HD to support my video editing work.

The new iMovie in iLife08 I believe supports multiple video tracks. I have not used Final Cut.

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It depends. Can you provide us with the specs of what you are looking at?


Also, the only role the computer plays in video/ photo editing is speed and storage, so you would want the highest specs or the specs that meet your needs. You should get something like Final Cut Pro and Photoshop if you will be doing extensive video editing. iMovie won't cut it.
Well storage wise I think I will get the external 1 TB HDD, so storage won't be my concern. I am worried about how fast I will be able to edit the videos because I don't want to spend a century on editing a 5 - 10 minute review. People are telling me the downside to the imac is that you can get max 4 Gigs of ram but will I really need more than that for what I am doing? I am not making any full length features. Also, people are saying that Imac's are used primarily for just email and surfing the web. I don't want to invest $4,000 (include 23" screen) if I don't have to.
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People have used much lesser machines to do video editing. The current line of iMacs are very capable editing machines. 4GBs should be more than plenty for your needs.

If you are buying a used iMac, just make sure you don't buy the lower end version that had integrated graphics. You will prefer a machine with a dedicated GPU like the current models.

Most people do not use the potential of their computers, so it is likely the iMacs are used primarily for just email and web surfing. Of course the non-primary uses are as varied as peoples imaginations.

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Thank you very much for everyone's input. I believe I will go for the imac. If you have any questions about watches in general or there is a problem with your watch don't hesitate to ask me at www.watchmedic.com or email me at arthur@watchmedic.com.
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