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Old January 29th, 2008, 12:51 PM   #1
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Will my PowerMac be able to edit HDV?

I have a PowerMac G4 dual-867 MDD with 768 MB of RAM. I've been humming along just fine for DV (FCP 5.1.4), believe it or not, but have a project that was shot on HDV that is about to be handed over to me.

If I max out my RAM, which means taking it up to 2 GB, would I be OK for working with HDV? Or do I absolutely need a processor upgrade as well?

I've been avoiding spending any money to upgrade this machine since I want to replace it with a Mac Pro, just waiting for the right job (that pays enough). ;-)
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Old January 29th, 2008, 05:33 PM   #2
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Mike,

I have an older MDD with upgraded Dual 1.42 dual processor and 2GB memory and a 9800 ATI graphics card. My MDD would edit HDV (in FCP 5.1) but it was sometimes a slow process. Unfortunately HDV needs processor speed and bus speed. The MDD is now my legacy Media100 machine.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 06:09 PM   #3
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Remember that processor upgrades in a G4 can be a real crap shoot... I've done it, had a lot of issues - the most common seems to be wake-from-sleep issues and problems with dual-monitor setups. It can be a frustrating experience.

On the other hand, used G5 Dual 2.0's are getting down around the thousand mark...
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Cuts only could be bearable, but once you need to start rendering things you might want to have a book handy 'cause you won't be doing anything for a while. ;)


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Old January 30th, 2008, 11:33 AM   #5
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Yeah… that's what I thought the case was going to be.

Thanks everyone!
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