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Old August 21st, 2006, 11:52 AM   #1
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System Requirements for FCP5.1 with HDV and DVCPROHD

Hi All,

I'm going to be starting on a new project shortly, and I'm wondering whether I need to upgrade my hardware. I'm currently on a G4 DP 1.0 GHz, 1.5GB RAM, Radeon 9800, with a 240GB ATA RAID 0 as my video drive.

I understand that the hardware requirements for HDV are more significant and that Apple says:

"HD features require 1GHz or faster single or dual processors (authoring HD DVDs requires a PowerPC G5 or Intel Core Duo processor)"

But what is the real performance like on a G4? Is it usable? Do you get frequent dropped frames?

I'm slightly reluctant to jump to Intel until Bitvice is a Universal Binary, amongst other things...

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Andrew.
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Old August 21st, 2006, 08:22 PM   #2
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Quite frankly, the difference between a G5 dual 2g and an Intel dual core 2g is enough that I am now doing all my HDV editing on my MacBook Pro until I can afford a Mac Pro tower. I can't see that you'll be able to do much beyond simple cuts on a G4, dual or not. The render times on the PowerPC chips are very long for HDV.

You can always export the finished project back to the G4 to render in BitVice.
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 07:12 AM   #3
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As I Suspected...

William,

Thanks for your reply. As I suspected really. I appreciate the help.

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