Okay, i want to buy a used mac off eBay that will support OS-X and not too expensive either. Something less than $500 AUD. I'll still use my PC but i mainly want a mac so i can use iMovie and Final Cut Pro for my video editing. Lately I've been looking at a 700mhz iMac G4 but i'm not too sure how OS-X will work with it. Does anyone know what mac i should get?
A G4 iMac will run Mac OS X perfectly.
Mac OS X minimum requirement is a G3 running at least 300mhz though it has been proven that Mac OS X can run nicely on a even slower Apple Computer including 100Mhz G3s.
You may get away with running iMovie on a slower Apple, Final Cut Pro will stress it out. Any type of Movie editing is very hard on the computer so the faster you go the better. Though I would recommend at least 1ghz.
yeah go with a G4 or a G5 tower (Powermac) and check out a site like craig's list since you will be able to find a local Vendor or person you can actually meet and ask some questions.
mini is much better. I have iBook G3 and it is sad that i will not be able to install Leopard on it coz it requires G4 and above. Go dor intel mac. Its futureproof.
I would try to get an intel mac mini off craigs list or ebay. I'm thinking that final cut pro wont be very smooth on an iBook. It would be very possible to find a core duo mini in you budget.
Actually a 5400 drive IS slow ....too slow for doing video editing with. You want a 7200 RPM drive for capturing video. That being said, you also want a totally separate drive for your video and DON'T want to use the system drive to capture video too. With a tower you can add a second internal drive, with a mini or a laptop you need to use external drives. I am using a 1.5ghz G4 powerbook. It's a bit old but it runs FCP (I don't have version 6 yet) just fine, and I use external drives for video.
Things to think about:
All new stuff is intel....probably best to get one of those if you can afford to. They have up to EIGHT processors in the towers and even the laptops are dual processor.
If you want to run Motion you will want a good graphics card with AT LEAST 128mgs video memory and maybe the 256mg card.
A tower is best as you can add components better.
If you want to move up into HD video then you want the fastest machine you can afford.
If you do go for a laptop, you want to add a second firewire bus for DV editing, buy a PC card firewire card. I know the powerbooks and Macbooks have more than one firewire port, BUT they all share the same bus. By adding a card, you will get a second bus. If you don't do this, and try to use a external harddrive and deck on the same firewire bus, you will often drop frames.
If you are just going the cheap route and buy and older machine, because you can't afford a newer one, maybe best to get an older version of FCP so the machine can run it nicely. If you do this, I'd recommend FCP 4.5....it's pretty much as good as the new one, just doesn't have the multi cam thing and a couple other little things, but it is a big upgrade over version 3 and version 5 isn't much better than 4.5 Version 6 may be, but I haven't seen that one yet.
Any other questions just ask!