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Old January 2nd, 2008, 02:48 AM   #1
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best imac specs for fcp studio 2

i'm thinking of getting the new imac to run fcp studio 2 with footage shot in HD from a canon xh a1. any views on how i should specialize my comp?
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 07:59 AM   #2
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The top model with as much RAM as you can afford would be the best, I think...
Of course, for that kind of money, you can *almost* buy a low end Mac Pro, depending on your budget...
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 01:49 PM   #3
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I have the previous iMac, 24inch 2,16 C2D 2 gig RAM
and a XL-H1.
It works fine for editing HDV, but I havenīt done any long projects yet so I canīt say how that would affect the system.
I would go for RAM over processor speed, and the best graphic card if you want to do any effect work
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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Nagisa,

As suggested above, if you look at the max-setup available on an iMac you're not too far away from a nicely equipped MacPro.

If you intend to do more than home-movies and want to really expand both your capabilities and your output for the future you'd be better served by getting a MacPro instead.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 09:32 PM   #5
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well, i work better on a desktop rather than a laptop so i prefer the imac on that account. and its cheaper.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 01:40 AM   #6
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He means the Mac Pro, not the Macbook Pro.
Problem with tthe iMac is that you canīt expand in anyway. Youīre stuck with what you get.
I think I would have got a MacPro if I could turn back time. The thing I really miss is to be able to add a card like BlackMagic etc
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