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Author: Topic: Topic Icon Is the new iMac a viable alternative to Mac Pro?
Hefferlump
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Posted: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 11:35AM
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I am looking to purchase a Mac and want to learn how to use Final Cut Studio. I seem to get the impression that the Mac Pro is the only route? This however is a bit out of my league financially. Would the new 24inch iMac be able to cope with FCP? Any help/recommendations on this topic would be much appreciated. Thanks


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Posted: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 11:28PM
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Hefferlump,
We've got a 24 in iMac on order for exactly that. We currently use a 1.25Gig G4 with Final Cut Studio, so anything will be faster than that. It runs okay on the MacBook too, but the screen is a bit small!
We have ordered the iMac with 2Gb of Ram and the better video card in order to run motion and for the day when we upgrade to an HD camcorder. The only reason we were considering a G5/MacPro was for the added screen size but the 24in iMac looks perfect.

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Posted: Sun, 01 Oct 2006 05:47PM
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FCP will run fine - in fact, if you were a legacy FCP editor, you'd be delighted at the extra speed.

You're getting the big model with the FW800? Good.

The only thing that could possibly equate to a bluebottle in the ointment would be Motion - the iMacs may have lesser video cards in them that don't quite do Motion justice. I use a PowerBook 1.33 GHz G4, and Motion is usable but unappealing. Your milage will no doubt vary towards the "Wow!" end.

The 24" will sit between the MacBook and the desktop Pro range, so if you need to be itinerant, aren't so worried about real-time chromakey et al due to graphics cards, will purchase a PeliCase or something and are happy with that, then the big iMac iMac will perform better than the MacBook Pro.


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