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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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    Feb 25, 2009
    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, 16Gig ram; 2013 Mac Pro 6 core w/ D700, 16Gig Ram; 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 Linux; 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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    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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