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Ben Barnes
Good laptop specs for editing multiclip footage?
on May 20, 2011 at 7:24:05 pm

Hi guys. Very basic question: I need to make my workstation portable and am in the market for an Apple laptop to edit in FCP on. I mainly edit multiclipped footage (3 or 4 tracks) at 720p and 1080p, sometimes HDV, sometimes ProRes.
I haven't been able to find a clear answer on what my basic requirements would be for processor, RAM, etc in order to reliably edit multiclips on a laptop. Creative Cow has been vital to me in the past, so I thought I'd stop googling and start asking.

Thanks in advance,
Ben

Also, I've got a 4TB RAIDed drive with an eSATA card for an external drive, and would probably be pulling from that most often, if that's of importance.


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Cody Walters
Re: Good laptop specs for editing multiclip footage?
on May 20, 2011 at 10:33:18 pm

This all depends on your budget. I think most would say the 17 inch MacBook Pro is a good way to go. I haven't edited multiple clips on a laptop so I can't tell you how smooth playback will be for you.

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Chris Tompkins
Re: Good laptop specs for editing multiclip footage?
on May 20, 2011 at 10:33:32 pm

Just get the most MAC you can afford.
With that Raid setup, you'll be fine.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Rafael Amador
Re: Good laptop specs for editing multiclip footage?
on May 21, 2011 at 1:32:00 am

A lap top is per se a limitation, so get the faster 17" you can pay with all the RAM you can afford.
A SSD is you can too.
rafael

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Walter Soyka
Re: Good laptop specs for editing multiclip footage?
on May 21, 2011 at 11:03:51 pm

[Ben Barnes] "I need to make my workstation portable and am in the market for an Apple laptop to edit in FCP on... Also, I've got a 4TB RAIDed drive with an eSATA card for an external drive, and would probably be pulling from that most often, if that's of importance."

If you want to use that eSATA RAID, you have only one choice: the 17" MacBook Pro. It's the only model that features an ExpressCard/34 expansion slot. You'll also need to purchase an ExpressCard/34 eSATA card.

Walter Soyka
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