I need to purchase a new Mac to run Final Cut Pro X.
- We plan to use FCPX to edit video of our weekly church service shot by 3 cameras.
- Sound will come directly from the sound board.
- I don't expect we'll use much in the way of filters/effects, etc. (This is new territory for me so I don't know for sure if that's accurate.)
- The final videos will be high definition.
- The video will be posted online and in the future we intend to stream the video live to a remote campus and are considering the possibility of using a QuickTime server.
Based on my research, I understand the importance of hardware components for this workflow to be in this order:
- Video card/Amount of VRAM
- Storage speed
- Processor speed
- Amount of system memory
It seems obvious the "best" setup would be a Mac Pro (currently $2999+ without a display). But with a not-for-profit budget, if I don't have to spend $4000 for a complete setup I'd rather not.
Assume an an iMac with these specs:
- 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
- 8GB (two 4GB) memory, configurable up to 32GB
- 1TB Fusion Drive
- AMD Radeon R9 M390 with 2GB video memory
Would FCPX used as I describe above on these specs of an iMac make for a lot of waiting on the system while editing? Should I be looking at something different in hardware?