Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by joestas, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. joestas macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    I'm buying a new setup to edit videos and am looking into getting a laptop. I have a few questions.

    1. Will a Macbook run final cut studio? I know motion etc will be slow, but do they still work? Are they unbearably slow?

    2. Is it worth the extra £500 (if money is tight) to get a MBP, considering the upgrade would just be for editing.

    3. Is it stupid running all my editing from a laptop or is this normal for a lot of people? I would love to do it on a desktop but I have an adequate desktop PC and a laptop would be handy for other things too.

    Thanks a lot for your help on this
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Go for the macbook pro, i don't think final cut can run on integrated graphics (I could be wrong), it's alot more money but it's worth it.
  3. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    1) It will run FCP, DVDSP, and Soundtrack... Motion and Color may not install. Color will not work if you get it to install as it is very GPU dependent.

    2) If you want to run Color and Motion then yes, the extra money is worth it. I mean, if you are spending $1,300 of FCS2 then you'd like to use all of the components, correct? The larger screen and faster ports will also help out a lot.

    3) It's not stupid, plenty of people do it. But if it is their main editing machine, it is usually a MBP.
  4. joestas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
  5. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    Those are the old old ones. John Lewis are notorious (at least with me) for being one step behind on Macs.

    But the principle is a good compromise (I'd definitely go for the Pro) if money's tight.
  6. Galapp macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    1. it will, but I can tell you from my personal experience, it is VERY annoying and sometimes it gets stuck for a while, etc. altough the new generation of Macbooks are better than the one I had, I wouldn't take the chace...

    2. YES! you will find out that the upgrade is not only for editing... the MBP is much stronger than the Macbook... you will have smoother work in general, and in my oppinion, its worth it.

    3. I think that you should concider an external HD... because editing can sometimes get easly to 10 Gb projects, etc... if you can, I would recommend you an external HD( if you can 250Gb+ its awesome), and put all your editing "settings" (capture, render, projects, etc) on it... if you can't afford it by any chance, you need to know that only the Final Cut Studio is like 30Gb (or more if I am not mistaken) and as someone that will probably use the laptop for other things, you will notice that the space will run out quickly...

    well, I hope I helped :)
  7. deniser macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2007
    Cornwall, England
    Apple are selling the old low end base model in their refurbs section for £929. Which I think is excellent value. I bought one and run FCP quite happily

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