September 25, 2014 at 1:37PM


iMac purchase

Student filmmaker looking to transition in the very near future to professional editing work and I was wondering what the best iMac build was for my situation as well as any financing tips y'all might have.
Basically I'm looking to run fcp and da vinci with raw footage and thunderbolt compatible storage. Thanks


The best iMac is the one with the biggest screen, fastest processor, best graphics card and the most memory - basically the most expensive one. But what's your budget?

You could really go with any of the current models (though I wouldn't recommend the newest 1.4 GHz unit) but if you want the best then you want to start with the 27" 3.4 GHz base model and then upgrade the processor to the i7, memory to 16 GB (then buy another 16 from OWC for $200 instead of $600 from Apple) and graphics card to the 780m.

Storage is up to you - I've got the 1 TB fushion which I use to store apps, docs, music, etc. When editing I only use my internal HD for my autosave vault and asset backups. You want 2 or more good external drives to use for editing and backups.

My financing tips would be to buy what you can afford. Spending money you don't have is never a good idea, specially when you're just starting out. Don't have enough $ for the setup you want? Determine when you must absolutely have the machine and figure out how much money you need to put away every week until then. Then start saving!

September 26, 2014 at 4:32PM

John Morse
Producer + Director

I totally agree with what John Morse wrote, though you might want to look at an external Thunderbolt 2 RAID to store the projects you are working on. The best deal for a RAID is the OWC ThunderBay 4 which can be bought for as low as $459 without hard-drives, then you can add your own drives which is usually cheaper than buying the box with the drives installed. If money is tight, you can always buy a single drive and slowly add more drives until you are ready to turn it into RAID storage.

September 30, 2014 at 8:09AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I bought imac 2013 with nvidia 780M 4GB DDR 5, 32 GB RAM and FUSIONDRIVE and it's the best. I work with 2.5 K RAW and it's totally fluid...

October 9, 2014 at 10:50AM

Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director

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