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I recently purchased a Mac Pro to replace my Imac which was pretty slow editing with Final Cut Studio 2. The Mac Pro is a dual-core 2.66GHz with 4 GB memeory and the Radeon x1900 graphics card.

I am considering running Parallels Desktop for Mac. I have a 30" primary Mac display and a secondary 20" Mac display. My question is, will using parallels noticeably slow my machine down for video editing? I'm currently running a PC alongside my Mac but would like to dump the PC altogether if
Parallels will work on the Mac without draining it's resources.

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If you don't have Parallels running while you're doing your video work, then it will not affect you at all.

Have not used Parallels in awhile myself, but from reading others posts, you can set the amount of RAM to be used by XP. With 4GB, think you should be fine if you set up XP to use either 512MB or 1GB depending on exactly what you're wanting to use it for while simultaneously doing your video editing.

Also, while the processor is capable of multi-tasking perfectly well, anything else you do on the Mac Pro in conjunction with your video work will steal a portion of the available CPU cycles.

When speed is of the utmost importance - you really want to be doing nothing else on a rig that is editing / encoding / etc.

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