MacBook v.s. MacBook Pro for Final Cut Express

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Instylew86, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Instylew86 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008

    I am an amateur editor about to buy my first Mac laptop and I need help deciding which one to purchase. I usually have used AVID in the past so I am not very savvy about Macs or FCE so I really need some guidance so I don't go out and make a mistake.
  2. namethisfile macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2008
    A macbook should be fine for FCE. It meets the tech requirements.

    the only other advise is to get a 7200rpm external firewire drive for video editing as the stock HD for the MB is only 5400rpm.

    Keep in mind, though, that FCP will not run on a macbook w/ intel integrated graphics in case you upgrade in the future.
  3. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    ^that's not entirely true...

    Final Cut Studio will not run on a macbook, specifically Motion and Color. FCP will run just fine.
  4. TaKashMoney macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2005
    FCP, because it utilizes the processor and not the GPU, runs very well even on a Macbook, and I am editing in HD.

    It is correct, however, that motion and color will not run at all on a Macbook and at least a Pro is needed.

    If you are on a tight budget, a Macbook (with enough RAM) is a wonderfully capable editing machine. Who would of thought it?
  5. dasikes macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    The studio will run on a MacBook. Not necessarily well, but it all runs...
  6. namethisfile macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2008
    I just don't get why one would want to run studio in a macbook if you think it doesn't run it well. if it does run at all.

    but, the previous commentator is right. FCP will work on macbooks. Not Motion or Color b/c of the GPU requirements.

    I don't know what the installation process is like w/ FCP Studio on a macbook as I've nerver done it. Perhaps, it will allow one to install FCP and not the rest. In this case, if you have a macbook, it's pointless to get FCP Studio and vice versa b/c FCP is not a standalone app.

    As for FCP running well? I just don't know why it wouldn't - given you have a 7200rpm drive, enough ram, and not working in super high-def. just kidding. there is no such thing as super hi-def. i mean, you don't have a thousand video and audio layers.

    There is always FCE, too, which I know runs well on all macs.

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