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18th June 2009, 09:52 AM
I was curious if the earliest MacBook Pro (Core Duo Model) is capable of doing 1080i AVCHD video editing.

The specs of the machine i'm looking at is below:
2GHz Core Duo
Radeon X1600 128MB GDDR3

Should I be looking for something better and what should I at least get to edit AVCHD videos without it being a nightmare.

Also, would the 2GB in the early MBP be a bottleneck?

18th June 2009, 01:09 PM
Editing HD video it is good to have a lot of RAM, the 2Gb ceiling will be a bit of a pain I believe. I think Final Cut Pro, for example, recommends a minimum of 2Gb of RAM for any HD work. AVCHD is H.264 based, so it is very CPU intensive. The alternative is, of course, to transcode and work in a less CPU intensive format. Probably transcode to ProRes or something similar which the MacBook Pro should handle with ease.

What NLE are you planning to use?

18th June 2009, 01:19 PM
What NLE are you planning to use?

I'll be using Final Cut Express.

I've found a MacBook Pro with these specs for $1000:
Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz
Radeon X1600 256MB GDDR3

Looking at benchmarks for this machine compared to the Core Duo model, i'm inclined to buy this one now.