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txpander
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Not sure if this is the right place to ask but I couldn't figure out where else. So I'm planning to purchase iMac to edit videos with Final Cut Pro. Since there are several versions offered by Apple with different specs and sizes I have no idea which iMac with what specs will do the job. If here is anybody that could help a little, I'll be very happy.
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bryn1
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I just bought myself an iMac last month for the same reason
my spec is this:
27inch 5K retina display
3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor
Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
8GB (two 4GB) memory, configurable up to 32GB
1TB hard drive (7200rpm option) (I use a couple of 3Tb USB 3 drives for extra storage etc.)
AMD Radeon R9 M380 with 2GB video memory
Retina 5K 5120x2880 P3 display
Also has:
x4 USB 3.0 ports
x2 Thunderbolt ports
1x SDXC card slot
1x 10/10/1000 ethernet
Blue tooth

Handles 4k files in FC Pro with ease and is plenty fast enough for my use, you may want to also consider upgrading the drive to Apple's fusion drive for added read/write speed, and also the amount of RAM however Apple charge an arm and a leg for their memory so it can be much cheaper to buy extra memory elsewhere and install it yourself.
I had a set budget for my iMac and am more than happy with it's capabilities, pretty impressed with it all round.
Oh and in case you did not know Imovie (which is included in OSX) now also handles 4K

Hope this helps
Bryn.

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justin.owen
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I'm using a Mid-2011 27" iMac i5 Quad with 16GB ram and it edits P3A 2.7K footage with ease... Quite surprised really as I expected I'd probably need to upgrade this year...

Bryn's covered off most of the other things to consider - get RAM elsewhere and fit your self, mine cost around £80. Also you'll need lots of storage for all your raw video footage. I've got a 6TB RAID and it's almost full!
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Stan1970
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I also have a 2011 mac and have updraded the ram myself - I did hear someone say though that ram is soldered on now on new products so your only option is to present your arm and leg and get the upgrade at time of purchase - I may well have dreamt this so please check
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txpander
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Since I am a Specs Freak and love to have the power when needed, just ordered the iMac with the following specs:

Hardware
4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
32GB 1867MHz DDR3 SDRAM - four 8GB
1TB Flash Storage
AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB video memory
Magic Mouse 2
Magic Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide
Accessory Kit

Software
Pages, Numbers, Keynote
Photos, iMovie, GarageBand
OS X
Final Cut Pro X

And the AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
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JonE5
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i have a 2008/9 Macbook pro w final cut 7 and it edits 1080p footage just fine. *(havnet tried nay 2.7k on my P3S yet)
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jackamick
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txpander Posted at 2015-12-9 12:07
Since I am a Specs Freak and love to have the power when needed, just ordered the iMac with the foll ...

27" 5K, right? That's a nice setup. I've got a pretty good 2012 27", but that was before the era of retina iMacs
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txpander
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Yes 5K retina.
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Xwingfighter
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Got the same as you jackamick !! Hopefully I will be selling my iMac to my mothering law who hasn't got a f@cking clue about tech so an old iMac is perfect.   I really want a 5k 27" iMac with top spec but at the moment my wallet doesn't agree
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Fieldstone
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txpander Posted at 2015-12-9 12:07
Since I am a Specs Freak and love to have the power when needed, just ordered the iMac with the foll ...

How much does something like that cost?Nevermind......$4000. Thats crazy.
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txpander
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Yep, 4K including the 2TB AirPort Time Capsule which is 200 and Final Cut Pro 300
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