I am currently studying a Fine Arts and Multimedia degree, and desperately needed to replace my old Imac. I had the first top end 2010 i7 macbook pro, but sold it in 2012 for not utilising it, which I came to regret after enroling for my current degree. To get to the point I had to get a new mac but could only afford the entry level 2014 13" macbook air 4gb RAM 128 SSD, after many discouraging posts on the net I went ahead and got it anyway as a gap stop thinking that I would replace it imediatly when my finances looked better. I edit in premiere pro and to my surprise this computer has been fantastic for my project work, rendering is quick and exporting a sequence to large .mpg file is almost the same time as the edited sequence in general. For home editing and light independent commercial work it is fine. My first year and student projects rarely exceed 10 minutes of HD footage doing things like short films, music videos, advertisements, Video ART, and can probably handle a little more. This is not a pro machine and so if you edit all day every day from 9-5 this will not cut it. Mainly I suppose also the limited ram for me and SSD space would cramp projects quickly. Screen is not retina, but good, and allows for battery life which is second to NONE! When editing for hours 13" is anyway not enough and I use the machine with an external monitor. MBA can power far superior displays. I am so pleased, I will be able to see my degree through with this machine, which brings me to my last point that Apple products are all good and and the latest and greatest mentality is overated when all you need is a practical solution. I live in Cape Town, South Africa where imports generally are more expensive than in first world. My MBA which is advertised for $999 in the US (before or after tax?) retails for about $1400 here so its not a cheap date, but the reliability and absolute pleasure and performance are worth it.