IS this Macbook Pro Good enough for HD Video Editing?

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

  1. macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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.
     
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    Hrududu

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    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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