Can my Macbook handle iMovie?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cmtrekker, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. cmtrekker macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2007
    Washington, DC
    Hey ya'll - I was ecstatic to finally join the House of MAC with a spanking new white Leopard loaded Macbook SR 2.2. I was doubly happy that I finally showed some discipline and refrained from spending a small fortune on a Macbook Pro. I figured I would do no gaming, except a little WOW (which I have not tried yet - gulp) and no professional level software, especially media related. What I would do is go to town on iLife.

    I'm finally trying out iMovie and put together an awesome video/photo slide show with music and all of the little transitions ... BUT, when I try to play it back, my Macbook hiccups, coughs, stutters and skips through the sequence of my photos and videos (especially in full screen mode) - i.e. it does not play it smoothly. Is this normal?

    I'm starting to get worried that the Macbook can only handle very basic office applications and Internet browsing and starts to buckle under the slightest pressure, even with the built in iLife suite. Is this just an issue of adding RAM (I only have 1 GB). I'm planning to bump it up to 4. What limitations do I simply need to accept on my once glorious and now very humbled Macbook?
  2. wake6830 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2007
    Try adding ram. I have one of the original CD macbooks with 2gb and iMovie works just fine for me, albeit in Tiger, not Leopard.
  3. kaiwai macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2007
    I've got a MacBook black 2.16Ghz model with 2GB memory. iMovie works wondderfully - you've done the right thing up with upgrading the memory 4GB, that'll help speed things up quite a bit.

    With that being said, don't expect the same level of performance as a MacBook Pro or Mac Pro - they're in a different league. With that being said, its no slouch, and will perform very well.
  4. Ryox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2007
    It works great on a Macbook. Used one on my friend's new 2.2 Blackbook with 4GB of ram. Why would mac ship something with software that dosent work? thats just not apple! :D
    A RAM upgrade does help, I haven't used imovie with only 1 gig of RAM in a macbook, but it worked great and smoothly on my friends blackbook.
    Have fun, I've been a mac user since i was born I've never even thought of switching to windoze, welcome to the apple community.
  5. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    Really, do you need 4GB of RAM??

    I think 2GB is more than enough if you are only planning on using iLife. You won't see any noticeable change from 2GB to 4GB. Just my 2 cents.:)
  6. topher2889 macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2007
    I've never run into a problem with 2gb of ram in my 2.16ghz macbook
  7. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I have done a lot of movies with imove 08 on both my 2.4 MBP and my 2.2 MB and there is very little difference between them. I have 4gb of ram in both machines. I am sure you will be good if you add ram. With the price of ram being so cheap I would add 4gb now and be done with it.;) Enjoy the MB is a powerful machine. I rarely use my MBP anymore!!
  8. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2004
    Hollywood, CA
    Maxxing out the RAM costs $120 from Crucial, it's worth every penny.
  9. cmtrekker thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2007
    Washington, DC
    RAM to the Rescue

    Thanks for your encouragement and advice. You guys are pretty awesome to be helping out us newbies and making our MAC experience all the better. So before I go call the cavalry and order me some juicy RAM, are there any particular brands or whatever I should be looking out for. I know someone from another thread posted
    for ordering G.Skill RAM, only $80. Fast Shadow recommended $120 RAM from Crucial (that's the seller, not the RAM manufacturer?). I'll fish through the threads to try and answer my own question, but since we're on the subject I thought you can throw me a few pearls of knowledge (with accompanying links) :D (I just better not order the wrong type of RAM).
  10. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2004
    My ibook 1.2 with 1 gig of ram, handled iMovie HD pretty well. So I would think your macbook with at least 1 gig of ram should be stellar. Go figure.
  11. kaiwai macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2007
    It depends on the size of your iMovie project; the less swapping the better.

    For me, I've never had any problems. The only thing that does piss me off is when the fans speed up and I'm trying to record a video for youtube :(
  12. dvd macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2007
    As mentioned above, RAM is the key. I went from 1GB to 2GB, then to 4GB (actually 3.3 on my Macbook due to the older chipset)

    The 1->2GB upgrade made an astronomical difference. night and day.

    2GB->3.3 was much more subtle, but gives me headroom for VMware Fusion virtual machines, etc.

    I got my 2x2GB sticks from newegg..

    2x Crucial 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)
    Notebook Memory Model CT25664AC667
    Item #: N82E16820148087
    $121.98 shipped
  13. dantherevelator macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2007
    Beware G.Skill

    I bought 4gb of G.Skill ram for my 2.2 SR Blackbook from Newegg. I should have known better after seeing the copy on the package: "G.Skill. Great Skill in Memory World." Eeek. Both sticks were bad. The machine wouldn't even boot. Well, I got great skill with FedEx-- I sent it back and got some Crucial. Nary a problem since.
  14. SoLibertyDies macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2006
    Spanaway, Wa
    The new iMovie is much more Ram hungry than iMovie HD.

    oh how I miss iMovie HD...

    *runs off to find iLife '06 DVD*
  15. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    If I am correct, if you have iLife 08' you can download it from

    FOR FREE:)
  16. anotherarunan macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    London, United Kingdom (UK)
    keep in mind...processor wise...the 2.2ghz SR MB's and the low end MBP's are the same! So its just the RAM upgrade which is the difference when it comes to video work. Unless u plan on serious graphical work with 3d titles etc...then the GPU needs to be good!

    Of next week...all i say will probably be outdated so erm..yeah :D

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