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    Hi Everyone,

    Just joined here and am looking for some advice on improving my current set-up...

    I'm shooting HD 1920x1080 on a Sony AVCHD and a Sony EX-3 cameras.

    Editing in Final Cut Studio 2

    Mac G5 Desktop(pre-Intel Processor)
    PowerPC Dual 2.3GHz (Running OS Tiger, I think, 10.4.11)
    6.5GB of RAM
    NVIDIA GeFORCE 6600 256MB VRAM Graphics Card
    250GB Hard Drive (All footage stored on external Firewire drives)
    20" Mac Monitor & 19" LG HD TV as 2nd monitor

    Last March (2009), I shot a documentary in HD, released to DVD, and at the moment I'm preparing for Blu-Ray release... exporting from FCP as a QuickTime (.mov) 1920x1080 movie, then using Toast 10 Pro and an LG BE08 external Blu-Ray burner....

    Had trouble previously with FCP and Compressor taking FOREVER to finish.... theres 2hrs 10mins of HD footage exporting from FCP with an estimated 20hrs to complete before I can go into Toast... Upgraded RAM to 6.5GB last year when I had issues with Compressor.

    Just wondering if it's worth upgrading anything else in this tower, or just going for a totally new Mac Intel-based Processor tower?

    Also, any other advice on monitors etc would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Rob

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    20 hours for 2 hours is not slow really - but yes if you want faster get a faster computer. That isnt really a ' fast ' computer.

    I work fast and my pc is prob a bit faster than your mac - core duo 2gig - and I find editing anything HDV ish far too slow.

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    Thanks Vertovian,

    Damn this HD footage!!! lol

    Rob

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    Ask around tho - I dont do macs or hd ( much ) so I am extrapolating - well nearly guessing...
    Hopefully a mac user will add more.

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    It does seem a bit slow. You can't compare like for like with a PC, your mac should run much faster than a PC with the same specs.

    I would suggest going onto the apple site and having a look at what clean-ups you can do to your system. Although you don't need to do "housekeeping" as much as a Windows user, a good "clean-out" can help. If you're thinking of adding stuff then Mac Upgrades - Macintosh Upgrades in the UK has a load of information.

    Personally though, I've found the new Intel-based Macs running Leopard to be a quantum leap with regard to speed and ease of use.

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    " You can't compare like for like with a PC, your mac should run much faster than a PC with the same specs. "

    Yea yea - I bet you want an iSanitrytowel too.

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