iMovie imports video footage to the Mac using either the FireWire interface on most MiniDV format digital video cameras or the computer's USB port. It can also import video and photo files from a hard drive. From there, the user can edit the photos and video clips and add titles, themes, music, and effects, including basic color correction and video enhancement tools and transitions such as fades and slides.Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GenreAnimation, Video Editor
CharacteristicsAnimation, Colouring, Creative, Filters, Lettering, Rendering, Stabilization, Transition
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Specs for Recommended levels of performance in iMovie
Most software developers publish system requirements, and while they're accurate, they can be difficult to interpret; not everyone's comfortable with the jargon employed and older components are often referred to long after they've left the market.
Here are current specs for pre-built machines capable of handling iMovie.
|for Recommended performances|
|Processor (a.k.a. CPU)||
Intel Core i5-7360U or better
Intel Xeon E5-1650
|Alternative CPU Options|
|Video Card (a.k.a. GPU||
AMD FirePro D500
|Alternative GPU Options|
|Memory (a.k.a. RAM)||4 GB or better||12 GB|
Sadly, there are also no predefined standards for performance; some developers have very high standards while others can be a bit optimistic so your mileage may vary.
Ready-to-Order Systems Meeting these Specs Prices range from ∼ US$1779 to US$3937, accessories included.
The following Systems meet the system requirements set by iMovie's developers. There are no performance standards defining how well a recommended system should perform (some developers overestimate them, others can be a bit optimistic), but I would expect those systems to handle anything easily but the most painstakingly complex tasks.
Each product below was checked recently for rebates and availability from retailers located in Canada or which at least makes importing easy.
Apple Mac Pro 6-Core 3.5 Ghz from US$2660;
~$3937 with accessories
Apple's Professional production computer is an unusual beast. It is composed of parts you would usually see in a server and offers limited internal storage... Read More about the MD878LL/A
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performance in iMovieExceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.Processor: Intel Xeon E5-1650Graphics: 2 × AMD FirePro D500Memory: 16.00 GBStorage: 256.00 GB
Apple MacBook Pro 13" (2.3GHz, 128GB, w. Function Keys) from US$1240;
~$1779 with accessories
The mid-2017 model of the classic MacBook Pro. This is the function key variant (so, no touch bar), but otherwise, it has all the latest characteristics of rece... Read More about the MPXQ2LL/A
Bang for the Buck Versatility for the Price Power Storage Portability Autonomy Bang for the Buck Versatility for the Price Power Storage Portability Autonomy Bang for the Buck Versatility for the Price Power Storage Portability Autonomy
performance in iMovieThis should run nicelyProcessor: Intel Core i5-7360UGraphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640Memory: 8.00 GBStorage: 128.00 GBScreen Size: 13.3"Screen Resolution: 2560×1600Dimensions: 30.41 x 21.24 x 1.49 cmWeight: 1.37 kg
detailed info from US$1235.51
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Wonder why you get better systems than requested?
That's because TekAdvisor looks for devices which will at least satisfy the demands for the best price without filtering over-performers. For instance: If 3-stars or even 5-stars systems are available in the same price range as 1-star options, I'm pretty sure you should consider the better-performing options as well.
The results above are the 2 systems offering the best bang-for-the-buck among the cheapest catalogued systems capable of running iMovie at the specified level of performance or better.
Narrow down your search
Looking for a specific kind of device?
Were you looking for a laptop instead? You can focus your search on a specific kind of device with the options below:
Looking for a different performance level?
The systems above meet iMovie's recommended specs. This should be the sweet spot for most people but if you're a hardcore iMovie user, you might benefit from using a stronger machine.
You can look for something more powerful (or cheaper) by picking another performance level below: