Will a i5 Macbook Pro be enough for a professional video editor?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by paulyd0021, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. paulyd0021 macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2009
    I'm aspiring to be a professional video editor and I'm looking to purchase a Mac of some sort to run Final Cut Pro on. My question is, will the new i5 Macbook Pros have enough processing power to edit full length HD films and multi cams, etc? Does anyone have experience on previous MBPs doing film editing with a Core 2 duo? If the MBP with a dual core i5 wont be enough, I might opt to purchase a new iMac with the quad core i5. Any info from you guys would be great, thanks!
  2. Stepint0sh macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
    The Netherlands

    You haven't really looked up any information yourself have you? I suggest you buy a Mac Pro and max out everything just to be sure!:rolleyes:
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Yes, but you will need additional hardware to properly process the vast amount of uncompressed footage.

    MRoolge might give you some advice on that.
  4. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Straight editing won't be a problem as long as you have FW800 external drive and lots of RAM. However, you might find issue with the video card if you intend to do any work with Motion or other apps that heavily rely on Core Video.

    If you don't need the portability then you'll be better off w/ a MP. Load up the RAM, put in a decent vid card and HDs -- suggest a Drobo too for backup. Now you've got a great production machine.
  5. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
  6. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    I edit 3-cam multicam XDCAM HD, as well as 30-60 minute documentaries and shows on my MBP without a problem.
  7. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Yesterday there was one announced, for a little while at least:D
  8. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    i saw the "announcement" too ;)

    but i think everyone should calm down until it really happens. :D

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