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Computer suggestions for editing 4k

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by eculuke, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. eculuke

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    Hey Guys,
    I have been flying phantoms since the first vision and will be getting my p4 tomorrow. Currently I use a p3p. I am finding all my computers choking trying to edit the video. I use to have no problem with my p2+ but when I switched to the p3p my 5 year old imac just couldnt do it. I am going to buy something tonight to remedy the problem. I did an online chat with apple and they said imac 27 or macbook pro both over $1800....Is there a better way? What are people using successfully out there? When I try to edit and preview its skippy and impossible to get anything done. Thanks guys
    Luke
     
  2. Ralph M

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    I'd say a Retina 27-inch iMac is a very good solution. First, it can actually display 4K, pixel for pixel, on a color-accurate IPS screen. Second, the quad-core i5 has the horsepower to edit 4K video; the i7 is even better. Three, it is a Mac, which means all your existing software works (which, I assume, includes FCPX).

    If it seems like a lot of money, just go price a true 4K or 5K display. Not a TFN piece of crap, but an IPS screen. You are almost getting the computer for free.

    I see that a refurbished Retina 27-inch iMac can be had for $1529 at the online Apple store:

    Refurbished 27-inch iMac 3.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5 with Retina 5K display - Apple
     
  3. eculuke

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    Thanks for your recommendation.....probably the way I will go. I am wondering if anybody is using a PC. Found this on my local craigslist. DreamNet Zephyr Gaming Computer
     
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    I have almost the exact specs as that PC except I'm running 32GB ram and a GTX970 4 GB, with zero issues. FWIW that's a good price for a computer with those components.
     
  5. eculuke

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    [​IMG]

    Made my decision :)


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    Cool - is it a Retina 27-inch?
     
  7. eculuke

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    Yes with the fusion drive and external gpu


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    Just picked up the 5K Retina 27" a few weeks ago that listed for 1999 and got a open box for 1588 at Best Buy
     
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    I think you'll love it. The Mac Pro is other-worldly, but I think the Retina iMac is the best value in 4K editing. Good move on the fusion drive and GPU.
     
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    Not often you see 200 off on any Apple product and the 1588 for open box was to good to pass on, Wife loves playing Diablo III on it.