Base model 13 mbp + FCE = ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Drago89, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. Drago89 macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Ok,so i'm planing to buy the base model and then upgrade myself the ram to 4 gb and probably the hdd to 7200rpm.Already got a 22 inch monitor which i'll hook up to the mac when i need more screen estate.The thing is that i have no idea if the mbp can handle video editing with FCE.So anyone using that mbp or similar for that kind of work can help me find out ? :)
  2. uaecasher macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
    it can handle it my friend got 3 years old and uses it for movie editing with FCE

    edit: don't get 7200rpm just get SSD
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    A Mac computer with a 1.25GHz or faster PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo, Intel Core 2 Duo, or Intel Xeon processor
    For AVCHD: A Mac computer with an Intel processor
    1GB of RAM or more
    An AGP or PCI Express graphics card compatible with Quartz Extreme; or an Intel GMA integrated graphics processor in a MacBook or Mac mini computer
    Some FxPlug filters are not compatible with integrated Intel graphics processors.
    A display with 1024-by-768 resolution or higher
    A DVD drive for installation
    Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later
    QuickTime 7.2 or later
    500MB of disk space to install Final Cut Express and LiveType
    Additional 500MB to install LiveType content


    So it seems the base model will handle FCE quite well.

    Editing video is not that CPU and GPU heavy, unless you throw a lot of many effects on every clip and so on.
    HD might also be a little bit taxing, but it will work nonetheless.

    At work we edit with 5 year old Power Macs, so a new machine will do the job.
  4. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    I've been running FCS 2 on it without a hitch. The 800 FW port is awesome and you should make sure you have a fast external drive for all of your media.
  5. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lots of good posts in this thread. So often I see people asking about tasks related to video or audio, with people responding with complete overkill responses.

    Will a 3.06Ghz C2D be better than a G4 for audio/video? Sure, absolutely. Is it 100% necessary? Not always.

    I remember editing SD video on a 400Mhz DP PowerMac. Even that wasn't too bad.

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