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SemNick01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



I intend to buy the new iMac 27", customized with: 3.4 GHz Quad-core Intel i7, 32 GB RAM, 3 TB Fusion drive, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 680MX 2 GB, and would like to know if this customized iMac could handle an AVID Media Composer software installed on it.


I intend to use it to edit digital videos shot at 2K or 4K, from ARRI Alexa or SONY F65, for example.



iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,890 points)

    That iMac works with Avid without any problem. Note that it's the most powerful iMac that it's sold with a very good graphic card and processor, so it will run perfectly with that configuration. Enjoy your iMac

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    Finally, someone else on this forum using AVID Media Composer!


    It certainly sounds like you will have the necessary specs to be able to edit videos at the resolution you want. I believe that iMac should work fine, but maybe someone else will be able to give you some better knowlege.


    Also, you need an external drive. It is highly recommended to use an external drive to store your media and use it as your media drive when working in AVID.

  • SemNick01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Mende1 and Parker612!


    For almost ten years I've been editing films and videos on Final Cut Pro, it has been working perfectly for me, but since the release of FCP X, which I have not installed yet (and I probably won't), I'm thinking seriously about learning how to use AVID Media Composer, and I'm thinking of buying a powerful iMac to install it.


    Sure, the new iMac would have to be a customized one, powerful enough to handle a soft like AVID and be able to edit heavy material such as 2K or 4K raw video file.


    Mac Pro is way too expensive, and I use my Apple only to edit videos, not finish them (applying graphics, special effects, etc).

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    AVID is the industry standard and is a great NLE to learn. It will handle any workflow you need it too. And, the iMac you are looking to get will give you the performance you need when working with AVID and handling those types of video files. Yes, ideally a Mac Pro would be the best choice but that option is a lot more expensive. What you are looking at will still work great! Definitely learn AVID, it's a great NLE!

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,890 points)

    A lot of people is migrating to other applications because of the Final Cut Pro X release. Apple is adding features to Final Cut Pro X, but this doesn't stop. You must be sure that the iMac will run properly Avid

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    I use AVID with my 27" iMac and AVID runs properly on it. Your computer easily passes all of the minimum requirements to run AVID. The only thing that might be an issue is if you have OS X 10.8.3. Currently MC only supports 10.8.2, but I'm sure a patch will come out soon. This, however, should not cause you any major issues.

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (13,630 points)

    Awesome choice! One word of advice if I may, buy the imac with the minimum 8GB of ram and instead of paying Apple $600 for the upgrade to 32 GB you can buy 32GB from Crucial for $260 and install it yourself in minutes.

  • SemNick01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's why I've opened this thread!


    I've searched for answers at AVID site a few days ago, but there aren't any way to contact them, to help me to know if the specs I'd customized for this new iMac 27" would be enough to run properly an AVID Media Composer soft.


    I'm worried because I saw the cost of this new iMac 27", when I customized it at Apple online store, and it's pretty expensive!


    Parker612, I'm considering buying external drive Promise Pegasus of 4 TB.



  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,890 points)

    If the iMac you ordered doesn't work as you expected, you have 14 days to return it and get refunded the money. However, I don't expect that because it's the most powerful iMac

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    Your iMac meets the specs. Here they are:

    Mac OS X

    • Computer: Avid-qualified Mac-based computer2
    • OS: Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion (64-bit) (Still need 32-bit?Learn more about Media Composer 5.5)
    • Processor: Intel Dual or Intel Dual Core 2.66 GHz Xeon processor or faster, or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz processor or faster (laptops)
    • Memory: 4 GB of RAM (6+ GB recommended); 16+ GB of RAM recommended for Stereoscopic and other high performance workflows
    • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce family3 (recommended) or ATI Radeon family (as supported by Apple)
    • Internal hard drive: Minimum 80 GB 7200 rpm hard disk


    Mike makes a great point as well, purchase your RAM through Crucial or OWC. It's the same quality for less.


    You chose a great computer as well as NLE. AVID is a great choice.


    Just a side note: "This year, all of the nominated films in the Best Editing category were cut by Avid customers, while one or more of Avid’s audio and video solutions were also used in the creation of all of this year’s Best Picture nominees. Argo won the Oscar in both categories. Other winners created with Avid solutions include Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall for Sound Editing, Les Misérables for Sound Mixing, Life of Pi for Original Score, and Skyfall."

  • SemNick01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again, Parker612! 


    In the costumized iMac 27" I intend to buy, I already put a 32 GB of RAM memory.

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    Did you purchase it yet? If not change it to 8GB. It's $296.99 for 24GB on Crucial. That saves you $300. Also, make sure you purchase the USB SuperDrive and a Keyboard with Numeric Pad.


    Also, make sure you have a fast connection for your external drive. USB 3.0 is not good enough, yes it has very fast read/write speeds in bursts, but for video editing you need continuous speed/performance which USB 3.0 is not good for. If you can, get a Thunderbolt drive. If that's too expensive then a FireWire 800 RAID 0 configured drive.

  • SemNick01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No, I still haven't purchased it yet.


    I need to get the money first, to afford it. 


    Thanks for the advice, regarding keyboard with numeric pad and USB SuperDrive.

  • parker612 Level 4 Level 4 (1,195 points)

    Do not forget about the external drive, it is highly recommended, especially for what you are doing. But, you're welcome! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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