Will this Improve FCP display of mixed HD video on 2009 Mac Pro? Or get Imac?

I have a mid 2009 Mac Pro 8-core with 16 GB with the GeForce GT 120. When I view footage from mixed HD sources in Final Cut Pro--from a Canon 5d, Canon XF, HDV, GH2, etc.--this card plays them back very poorly--a stutter effect. My old Macbook Pro had this problem, my new one plays same project back flawlessly. Would upgrading to this card solve the playback problem and perhaps help with rendering or should I sell the Mac Pro and get a new iMac? I am working on a feature film and the jerky playback is a real headache.

  • Asked by Phillip G from Traverse City
  • Jul 7, 2011
ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009)

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    YES. The GT120 is a DOG and should've never been a default card.

    I've got an 08 and 10 mac pro and both run FCPX wonderfully.

    Mixed sources is always an issue so you can always gain from rendering proxies after import and switching your preferences to use those -

    • Answered by Matthew B from Bellingham
    • Sep 24, 2011