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2007 December 31st, 15:08
Not a MacBook Pro, but a MacBook?
I just bought my HV20, and I'm wondering if I should pick up a new computer with my Final Cut.
2007 December 31st, 15:21
I run Final Cut pro on a MACBOOK.
Motion does not work on it.
I have 2GB of ram and a 5400RPM drive.
It edits DV just fine. Some things take a little longer.
HDV sucks to edit with. It is a very chuncky work flow.
I shoot HDV down convert to DV when I am capturing.
I love the port-a-bility with my MacBook.
But if you don't have to move much. Get an IMAC. Better grafics card. Bigger hard drive. Bigger screen.
Hope this helps!
Make sure you stuff it with the MAX amount of ram
2008 January 1st, 11:28
fcp 5.1 works great on a macbook or even an ibook, even with hdv. studio 2 requires a bit more but the current macbook models should be up to it, even for running motion. make sure you get 2gb of memory.
2008 January 2nd, 16:11
I have 2 gigs of memory. Thanks for the help. I appreciate it.
2008 January 2nd, 17:07
I don't know if this helps but I bought a used Mac Book Pro 2.16 6 months ago on Craigs list for $1K (perfect condition, not one scratch, 1 month left on warranty so qualified for extended applecare). I increased the memory for $40 bucks to 2gbs, bought Applecare for $178 (education) and it edits HD fine. Compressing take hours but it edits great. Have been using external portable firewire for FCP6 editing (no issues). Will move to a Mac Pro when get some $$$, and new model comes out.. Will keep this laptop even after move to Mac Pro so I ordered a 320 WD internal drive for it this week for $199. Sometimes it helps to start with something that functions for cheap and add to it slowly as I have done.
Been a PC dude for years, but a year ago I bought my first and I LOVE MY Mac.
2008 January 2nd, 17:08
Please post your question to the appropriate section of the forum. THanks
2008 January 8th, 20:26
I recently upgraded my MacBook to 2Gigs of RAM, plus a 7200 RPM HDD. Seems to work well enough with HDV footage using FCP6.
Then again, I haven't done any hard core rendering yet...
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