Ever since I got my macbook I was aware that Final Cut Pro wasn't really meant to run on it. In fact, they explicitly say on the website that FCP doesn't support the intel gma950. Well I had a license of it, so I wanted to try it out anyways. Truth is, it runs. Nothing stopped it from running. Well the time has come to work on another project and I noticed that anytime I try to watch a movie in the Viewer, it plays back horrendously and drops frames all over the place. However, the movies seem to play fairly well in the Canvas. Figure that one out. One additional piece of information that could be helpful here is that I am running an external 20" monitor off the macbook as well, for a little extra real estate, and video is coming off an external firewire drive. I want to upgrade, be it a new macbook with wireless n and the C2D or a macbook pro with the larger screen and a graphics card. My question revolves around the macbook and fcp: Should the issue of dropping frames be at all related to a lack of a standalone graphics card on the macbook? I noticed that Final Cut Express fully supports the integrated graphics and that's always a software option. Would I be noticing the same issues with playback? To be safe I could always just go with the macbook pro...but hey, money is the second half of the equation. Experience? Suggestions? Thanks.