IS this Macbook Pro Good enough for HD Video Editing?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BradClarke, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Well im going to be making my used macbook pro purchase this week and
    I was wondering if a Macbook Pro with these specs is good enough to edit hd videos in Final Cut pro and iMovie 09? with filters and stuff? Like would this be a bad choice? I have a good deal on it.

    Heres the Specs:
    2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
    17-inch Widescreen Display
    2.0GB RAM
    120GB Hard Drive
    DVD-RW/CD-RW SuperDrive
    X1600 video card (256MB)
    1680x1050 resolution
    Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
    Airport Extreme Card
    Built-in iSight
    Remote control NOT included
    3- USB 2.0 ports
    2- FireWire ports (400 & 800)
    Ethernet port

    Its only a Intel Core Duo which i found from research can only be upgraded to 2Gigs of Ram?

    The camera im editing with is the Panasonic HVX200 Thanks guys.
  2. Guest

    Jul 10, 2007
    Well, I am sure it can do video editing for footage from that camera, but I have no guarantees it will be fast. I have about 14 hours of 1080p content from a Canon XL-H1A on the MacBook Pro in my sig and lets say the process has been a little painful. You will be pushing the extreme of what that machine can handle.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Coventry, UK
    It's going to do it, but like the other person said it's not going to be fast.

    Use an external drive to store your video on, this helps a great deal, also to give FCP a bit of help, convert your footage into Apple Pro Res 422 or the new 4444. These formats make editing a lot smoother. The files are huge, but simpler for FCP to zip up and down on the timeline.
  4. macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    If I can do HDV editing on my PowerBook, you can do it on your MacBook Pro ;)
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2010
    You'd want a nice fast external HDD to go along with it, but the RAM might be an issue. Especially if you are using something like After Effects.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2008
    Wichita KS
    Exactly. The MacBook Pro is more than capable of editing HDV, its just not going to be as quick at rendering and whatnot as a newer MBP or Mac Pro.

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