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    Entry 27" iMac suitable for HD only video editing?
    Hi there

    My Dad is looking at getting a new iMac. He liked to do home based video editing (holiday videos etc). He shoots on HD (MP4/AVCHD). He won't be moving up to 4k. No photoshop or heavy graphics work. Just HD editing.

    He'll edit on Adobe Premiere Elements.

    So, I think the entry level (r.e cheapest) new iMac 27" will be good enough for this.

    I was just wondering if someone more technical / 'in the know' could let me know if I'm right. Thanks

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    Entry 27" iMac suitable for HD only video editing?
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    It will do it, just slower than the other models.
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    Thank you for your fast reply!

    But will it be noticeably slower? i.e, will it be slow while editing / freezing etc or just when exporting (which is fine)... I just can't see much difference between the entry and middle level models and the top model seems over kill for home video! But, equally, I don't want my dad to pay out and have a slow mac!

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    Entry 27" iMac suitable for HD only video editing?
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    Extremely as the entry model has a 34GB SSD and a slow old platter drive. Suggest he go with at least a 512GB SSD, 16GB memory and the better graphics card. Don't forgfewt bhew will usae this for some (maybe many) years and frustrations with a slow computer just grow.


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    Thanks Harry

    This is what I was thinking of getting the below but going up to 16gb on the memory front...

    Retina 5K Display
    3.0GHz 6-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
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    Entry 27" iMac suitable for HD only video editing?
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    I got my new iMac earlier this year as I was doing more and more video editing work (though on iMovie and not Premiere).

    I bought the entry model but with a 256GB SSD and then I upgraded the RAM to 16GB myself (don't pay Apple to do it).

    I also store all my video files on external SSD, and I find the system is perfectly capable of 4K video editing so 1080 would be a breeze I'd imagine.

    Now, I believe iMacs work better with Apple's proprietary video editing applications (iMovie and FCP) as they are optimised for these.
    Johann Gambolputty de Von Ausfern....of Ülm

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    That's great! Thanks Nickyr - appreciate that!

    We've just got the imac entry level 27" with 16gb but with discount. So happy days! :-) thanks

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    Entry 27" iMac suitable for HD only video editing?
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    I don't think you'll be disappointed - enjoy :-)
    Johann Gambolputty de Von Ausfern....of Ülm

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    Thanks :-)

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    I see this is an old thread, but here goes in case new readers arrive...

    I do a LOT of video editing on a 2011 27inch iMac with 16gbs Ram. Works great.

    For what it's worth, I edit using Hitfilm 4 Express, free video editing and compositing software for Windows and Mac. They have a very helpful forum. I have no business or personal relationship with the company.

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