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Old Dec 9, 2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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Odd technical question: Editing on a MacBook

Here is an odd question and just looking to get a prospective, feedback, pitfalls or possibilities.

I have a young wanna-be editor (they are almost 16 years old) that wants to learn/see if editing is for them. They have expressed an interest in editing and thus would like to encourage them to explore it. They have messed around with creating low level You Tube type videos with other friends that edit and make videos. I have a MacBook (see specs below) that has FCPX as well as iMovie on it that is not being used at my office. Granted, this MacBook is not that much of a workhorse given the specs, yet I wondered what others thought as to how this laptop could be utilized for initial learning purposes. I understand that this laptop may be dog ass slow, but to the person that is learning and has nothing right now and their parents don't have the resources to get a computer for them... it is something atleast.

Since it only has a Firewire 400 on it, would a FW 400 connected to an SSD give it any benefit -to store and edit footage from.

One person even suggested to store footage and edit off an external Bluetooth hard drive to bypass the slow speed of the FW 400.

In both cases I just don't posses the insight and thus asking the question here for some suggestions.

Snow Leopard: Version 10.6.8
MacBook 2,1
Processor: 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Due
Memory: 4 GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM
L2 Cache: 4 GB
750 GB Hard Drive - 5400 RPM
2 - USB 2.0 ports
1 - Firewire 400
2012 15" MacBookPro 9,1 - 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 - Memory: 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Corsair - Vengeance - Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB - High-Resolution 1680x1050 Anti-Glare Display
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