Best Way To Improve Video Editing of Mid 2009 MBP

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

  1. deeve macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2012
    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?

  2. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    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

    Dec 20, 2012
    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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