2 Replies Latest reply: May 21, 2008 12:51 PM by Kevin Brock
DannyBWO Level 1 (0 points)
I am looking for a system that will support video editing.
I am leaning towards the iMac 3.06Ghz, and upgrading the harddrive....but I am wondering if the Mac Pro would be better for video editing. I can't afford the top of the line Mac Pro or Mac Pro Laptop, so would it be best to stick with the highest iMac model?
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,925 points)

    Gets asked often enough and once you realize you might want 8 cores, more memory, and work with 4 SATA internal drives and have some ability to expand...

    The stock config is just fine. Some iMac and Mac Pro cpu tests -


    Check the Apple Store Specials. They offer good value on this year's and last's, and I would not hesitate, might even prefer.
  • Kevin Brock Level 4 (2,380 points)
    What video formats are you talking about? DV, HDV, etc?

    Mac Pro is a better solution, regardless. Here's why: Simply upgrading an iMac HD is not enough. You do not want to capture your video to the boot drive. It's too much to ask the drive to manage the OS, your editing software, AND your media. This scenario might work - but is certainly prone to dropping frames. Ideally, you want one drive for OS + editing software & a separate drive to capture media to.

    Now, since you can only have a single HD in the iMac, you're demoted to using external capture drives. So let's say you get yourself a FW800 drive for capture and then hook up your camera/deck to an available FW400 port. You'd think you're safe - and again, you may be. But the problem now is that the iMac has ONE and only ONE FireWire bus. So in theory these 2 devices: HD & Camera are battling for the same bandwidth. So you've still got a bottleneck happening.

    So DV only would probably work. But it may have issues that the expandability of the Mac Pro can conquer. Hope this helps.