|Jenn Lindsay 5 years ago|
Buying iMac 21.5"--Specs for FCP X?
I have been editing for many years in FCP 6 on a MacPro I bought in 2005. It served me very well. I moved out of the country and I am preparing to buy a new machine to edit on.
I am looking at the iMac 21.5" with the following specs added:
* 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz).
* 16GB of of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
* 1TB Fusion Drive
Of course I'll have them load FCPX and get Apple Care.
Do I need all this stuff? Is it enough to for what I do? I'm essentially a DIY amateur editor who likes things to look really nice--but I don't require technical perfection or do fancy graphics stuff (though I'd like to be able to learn/play/grow--on my last machine I made lots of intros and whatnot in Motion). I teach at a university and use my documentary footage for teaching and conferences. So I like it to look profesh, and I probably know more than I think I do, but I'm woefully inarticulate about what I am actually doing and what specs I need.
What about a SuperDrive? Do people find themselves needing it?
I really appreciate any guidance that can be offered! Thank you so much!