Best Way To Improve Video Editing of Mid 2009 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by deeve, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. deeve macrumors member

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    Hello, I have a MBP that I would like to improve to get better performance out of for video editing of a GoPro Hero 3 Black. The camera is the latest version and capable of taking some very high definition videos. Initially I plan on using GoPro Software and/or iMovie. Currently, working with the videos is very slow. The specs on my machine are:
    Mid 2009 MBP with 2.26GHZ processor, 4gb ram, and 160GB HDD and running OSX 10.8.2.

    My question is, I want to improve the ability to edit videos and not sure where the best bang for the buck is. Some say RAM, other say HDD (external or internal, not sure)

    I am sure folks here have crossed this bridge before. What have you found worked best?

    Thanks!
    DAVE
     
  2. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Start with as much ram as you can add, which I believe is 8GB.

    Then add an SSD.
     
  3. deeve, Dec 31, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012

    deeve thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you. I actually just ordered 8gb of ram ( max it can take) from OWC. When adding an SSD.... Just go with that or that with an external drive? My 160gb drive is currently about 66% full
     

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