Video editing on 2008 MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by sl33t, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. sl33t macrumors regular

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    I am considering purchasing my friend's 2008 White Macbook 2.4ghz Core 2 Duo, 2 gbs RAM, 500 gb HDD. Would this be able to handle moderate HD video editing? Also would it be able to smoothly run Minecraft? If I upgraded it to 6 gbs of RAM would it perform these tasks better? Or should I just put my money towards something newer?
     
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    I do not know about Minecraft (check the Mac OS X specs for that), but HD video editing with iMovie is possible, if you do not mind the wait it takes to import the HD footage into iMovie.
     
  3. sl33t thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the feedback. When you say "possible", would editing be laggy? I may use Final Cut or Premiere Pro instead of iMovie. (I'm currently using Pemiere Pro on my PC). Also, this would be my first Mac.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    It might be laggy, especially with the codec you might choose. Editing 1080p footage using some MPEG-4 codec like H.264 is unwise, better use the ProRes or CineForm editing codecs to transcode your footage to.

    And if you are using FCP X or Premiere Pro, go here to learn more about that codec stuff, as it is important to understand, why or why not something is possible.
    Video Compression
    Why It Matters & How To Make The Most Of It


     

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