macbook + 24" display + HDV

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by flahiker, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. flahiker macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2003
    Does anyone know if a macbook (loaded with ram) can drive a 24" display and edit HDV 1080i video. The video would be on an external hard drive, probably USB.
  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    It should be more than capable. After all, my 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro can handle it, and a 'loaded' MacBook should do just as well. (The only possible problem is using an external hard drive. I haven't tried that.)
  3. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    Yes it will work just fine. But you should use a firewire drive instead of USB to prevent dropped frames when previewing.
  4. flahiker thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2003
    Do you edit HDV? iMovie, FCP or express?

    I was planning to use a macbook rather than a powerbook, because the $700 price difference. That is half way to buying the Sony HCR-3 HDV camcorder.

    Also I did not think the internal hard drives in either the macbook or macbook pro were fast enough or had enough capacity for editing. I know that HDV is approximately 11G / hr.
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I would suggest not using the internal drive to store your media, and HDV is pretty much the same data rate as MiniDV so storage requirements are the same.

  6. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Yeah, USB is total crap for video. The MacBook SHOULD be able to hand HDV faily well...

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