I have a friend that wants to get an MBP or MB for basic video editing. What is the minimum configuration he should look at i.e. processor, memory, HD and video card. He is on a low budget but buying less than the minimum is false economy. Thanks
What more do you want? And since you didn't provide an answer to the "HD or SD" question, there can't be a really good answer, as I could use my 2004 iBook to edit SD footage from a DV camcorder and I could even use one of the first iMacs from 1999 to do the same.
HD is a different beast, but with iMovie any C2D Mac (late 2006 and 2007 models and later) will do the job.