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Kim Huston
Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on Jan 21, 2008 at 4:14:18 am

I am moving to a large city and feel I need a laptop both for easy of GETTING to the city from where I currently live, and getting around the city for internet, accessibility, etc.

Are any of the available laptops appropriate for optimal running of Final Cut Pro? What about HD?
And if they mostly all are, what's the lowest specs I can get away with without taking down performance terribly?


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Jeff Carpenter
Re: Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on Jan 21, 2008 at 4:32:42 am

What video format will you be editing?

Mostly the answer is 'yes' to your question, with 3 things to keep in mind:

1) You really should be using the Macbook Pro model.
2) You should use a 7200 RPM external drive as your media drive.
3) Probably best to get a model with a 7200 RPM boot drive as well.

Everything else (processor speed, RAM, etc) can be discussed back and forth, but those are the big things to keep in mind.



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Kim Huston
Re: Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on Jan 21, 2008 at 5:22:04 pm

I'd like to be able to do HDV, since it's growing in popularity.

Is firewire fast enough for SATA raid enclosure? If there IS a firewire port on one...

And what IS the video card? I don't even see it listed on the mac specs at the Apple Store.


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Jeff Carpenter
Re: Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on Jan 21, 2008 at 6:39:44 pm

The Macbook Pros come with a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT. The cheapest model has 128 MB of video RAM and the other two models come with 256 MB of video RAM.

For external drives you have 2 good choices:
Firewire 800
ESATA card in the Express Slot

There are lots of RAID drives out there (like the G-Raid) that put 2 drives in one enclosure and use one of those connections. Those are you best bets for mobile editing. They require their own power supply, but are faster than bus-powered firewire drives.



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Kim Huston
Re: Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on Jan 21, 2008 at 7:03:11 pm

Ok, good to know.

Thanks a lot. I think that answers the questions I have so far.


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del chapple
Re: Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on Feb 1, 2008 at 10:50:53 pm

go the e-sata route. it has way more throughput tham fw800..

del

you cant hear my inner voice scream... can you..?


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Jesus Ali
Re: Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on May 14, 2008 at 11:07:30 pm

The Sony HDR-HC# family of HDV cameras can kick out SD from an HDV recorded tape.

You can pull a "casual offline" edit by ingesting the SD footage and when finished editing, automatically recapture just the HDV footage you actually ended up using. That is, if your tapes have solid timecode.

This way the majority of the time your laptop is only dealing with SD footage.

Aside from that you can even go the official "OfflineRT" mode built into FCP, which makes your HDV footage 30% quality PhotoJPEG for super quick editing.


But if you get the latest Mac Pro you probably won't even need to worry about this. You can even get around most of the slowness of editing long-gop HDV by converting to the Apple Intermediate Codec on ingest.


Word. Jesus. (I hope you are still wondering about this...)


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Kim Huston
Re: Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on May 14, 2008 at 11:44:41 pm

Cool. Thanks for the info. I suppose I could lower the quality to work on my current El Cheapo pc laptop, but nuts to low quality!

I'll keep all that in mind when I get the cash for the Mac. :) Hey, maybe they'll have released a beefier one by then!



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del chapple
Re: Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on May 15, 2008 at 12:38:21 am

and a month after you buy your mac apple will come out with a better one.. :)

d

you cant hear my inner voice scream... can you..?


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Ryan Atkins
Re: Is a Mac Laptop powerful enough to use as your editing machine?
on Oct 1, 2008 at 11:28:25 pm

What everyone else has said about needing a 7200 rpm internal and such is all true. I actually use the 15 in MacBook Pro, 2nd gen with the Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 ghz and the 8600 GT video card. FCP runs flawlessly. Really, Apple has built their laptops to run like a desktop. I'd say your just fine. Just make sure you get the right accessories for editing and such.


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