David from Florida wrote to me:
- The one iMac G5 thread I am hoping to read — how will it be for digital video?
Let’s say I add 1GB of RAM — will it be fine for Final Cut Express? And how about Final Cut Pro?
It doesn’t have to be top of the line. I am on a budget and am more interested in documentary-style straight-cuts and so forth. (Though, I would want to have a sense of the limitations of the iMac.)
I haven’t had a chance to try Final Cut Express on the iMac G5, but I’d bet it would be great. FCE runs nice and fast on my PowerBook G4 Aluminum (1.25 GHz), so the extra processor power in the iMac would probably mean more on-the-fly rendering, etc. The same is probably true for FCP. Definitely add as much RAM as you can afford, but otherwise it seems like a good deal.
The only limitation that might stop me is that the iMac only supports mirrored video on a second display. Having another monitor set up to store other palettes, etc., is helpful. But it sounds like you’re not needing to set up a sprawling video editing system. Make sure you get the Apple Video Adapter so you can hook up a TV monitor (not a computer display) via S-Video so you can see what your footage looks like on video.
But, after testing the 20-inch iMac, I can say the widescreen screen is ideally suited for video editing.