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    Dec 08, 2010
    What upgrades do I need for quality HD editing?
    I have a 2 year old Mac G5 and have been editing for a number of years..I have never had any problems with speed and processing speed until I started editing with HD....which particular areas do I need to upgrade to have optimum performance?

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    Member Since
    Feb 25, 2009
    Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
    Well, some will depend on what your long term plans are.

    ie: Do you plan to start using a camera that records in AVCHD? if you do, although you can go through a long transcode process on your G5, you'll probably want to invest in a new intel based Mac to take advantage of Final Cuts (or even the new iMovies) ability to import AVCHD footage and convert on import to ProRES or AIC. Do you want FCS3? If you do, you need an intel based Mac.

    Obviously things like more ram, more storage, fast storage would help - but really it's time to look into moving into the intel Mac platform to take advantage of the latest technologies.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    I've only dabbled in video, but Adobe Premiere and a CUDA supported GPU sounds like the best option to me. I don't know if Premiere on OS X supports CUDA operation.
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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    Summary of both answers received so far: an Intel Mac (with a discrete graphics card -- ie an iMac, Mac Pro or MacBook Pro) is what you'll need to do serious work with HD video.

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