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Hey guys(gals), My dad just got a new laptop so I went ahead & brought his MDD PowerMac G4 home with me because he no longer wanted it. I have another PC but I was hoping this computer would be good for editing videos from my new sony handy-cam. Here are the specs on the G4...

Machine Model: Power Mac G4
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (3.2)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
L3 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
Memory: 768 MB
Bus Speed: 133 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.5.7f1

GeForce4 MX:

Type: display
Bus: AGP
Slot: SLOT-1
VRAM (Total): 64 MB
Vendor: nVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0184
Revision ID: 0x00a3
ROM Revision: 2032

That might be overkill on the info, but I figured the more the better. Anyways....I have alot of questions but I dont have the time to ask them now. What I really would like to know is does this machine still have the power to do some good video editing (not makeing a new transformers movie or anything) but just some basic stuff. And with I need to up the processor/memory anytime soon?

One additional question, the computer will recognize the camcorder, and I can import the pictures I have on it. But when I try to import the movies (.MPG filetype) iDVD/moviemaker/ and Quicktime wont recognize them?? Im off to work...any input appreciated

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It'll be adequate for editing DV footage. You can upgrade the RAM on the cheap now. Check to see if the movies are muxed MPEG-2; I have a CyberShot that'll do that. If that's the prob you'll have to demux to separate audio/video.
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Thanks, would I need software to convert the files or have to change the settings on the camera (not sure if I can)


PS: this comp sounds like a freakin Jet fighter, lol. & im slowly stumbling through OS X trying to figure it out vs XP
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you can demux with ffmpegx or bbdemux. The MDD is the Wind Tunnel Mac. I've since gotten used to it, but if you want to, there are several resources for replacing the noisy fans:
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.p...70223194451975
http://www.splefty.com/G4mod/
http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/systems/g...reduction.html

there are other upgrades through a simple Google search.
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The MDD Mac is the loudest G4. It's also the least upgradable processorwise. The cheapest non-Apple processor is $400 or more. You could try eBay for a used processor for cheaper but it has to work with the MDD, most don't.

Max the RAM to 2GB, 4-512MB DIMMs.

It should be ok for SD video with an older version of iMovie. A lot of people like the 2006 version anyways.


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haha my sister-in-law drives a Rebadged "Plymouth" Neon.
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haha my sister-in-law drives a Rebadged "Plymouth" Neon.
The SRT4 sounds pretty bad but it's still a Neon.

You like the Pumpkins deus?


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO1Uo_mBQzM

Pumpkins, yeah
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Dont hate on the ol neon lol, Its an affordable turbo car with 4 doors (10 month old daughter) plus its good for making all the honduh folks with fart cans look stupid every once in awhile.

Anyway, thanks for the links & advice, Im not too worried about the noise cuz my other PC is an older alienware with like 20 fans that also sounds like a wind tunnel. Ill probably leave this mac alone other than some ram, it seems pretty speedy (for how old it is) and im looking to just do some light SD video editing anyway.

Another question, Im running OSX 10.3.9 or sumthing like that But im asuming to get to 10.4/.5 I have to purchase the latest version? Again, im just used to windows update every other week. Alot of the apps ive looked at are made for 10.4 and up.

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Yes. To upgrade to 10.4 (Tiger) or 10.5 (Leapard) you need to purchase the OS. Check the specs for 10.5 to make sure it is what you want. Ditto for iLife 08 as iMovie 08 isn't designed to run on your system and required at least OS X 10.4.9.

If your camera is a regular DV camera with a firewire port, any version of iMovie should be fine, and 10.3.9 should be fine too. You might even get buy with the 768MB of ram also.

CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.
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leopard ran just fine (great actually) on my powerbook g4 1ghz proc 1gb memory.

and its only about 100 dollars on ebay...

if your a student or a friend is you can also get it from a college store for 69 dollars... thats what i did.
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OK im good to go, after some fidgeting around with ffmpegx software & repeatedly erasing the program in the trash after trying to move it to the Apps folder I got my movies to convert to .MOV & now im off to mess around with iMovie

I also realize my questions were kinda redundant after searching around lol, thanks for the help tho


Ill be back after I mess something up
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