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.)flahiker said: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.
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.flahiker said: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.