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MacBook Pro - MB or MBP?


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I'm looking into getting a Macbook. What I would use it for would be to edit film with Final Cut and After Effects and then some graphics stuff with Photoshop. The main difference I see between the 2 is the graphics card. I do not intend to play any games and I would be doing 3d designing on my PC, where I would then transfer rendered movie files to the Mac.

My question is, am I ok getting the MB 13" with the 1.8GHz and 1gb of RAM? It seems like I would be able to, but I'm not familiar w/ the graphics card. Any pointers would be appreciated.
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Just saw this:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303782

So that kind of answers my question. But this leads to another question. Is editing on the MBP as my main editing tool a good idea?
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get the macbook pro over the macbook.

regarding the rest of your question. do you need a laptop or do you need a desktop????? if you are traveling a lot, doing a lot of work on the road, doing a lot of work around the house get the MBP and you will be fine.....if you dont have to move ever go with an iMac or wait until years end for the new powermacs

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I definetely want it to be a laptop. But regarding the pro again, I found this link:

http://www.creativemac.com/articles/...e.jsp?id=43717

which claims that the MB is more than capable of running Final Cut. The reason I'm so interested is, of course, the price difference.
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I would get the MacBook Pro because the graphics card does make a big different with film(video) and images(photo). Also I use the 20" iMac and I do final cut, some times I feel like 20" inchs is not enough. You should also MAX out the Ram, on the final cut page it says 512MB of RAM; 1GB of RAM for HD features (2GB recommended)

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Benchmarks show that the difference is most of the FCS applications is minimal, except for motion - which runs like crap on the macbook.

I'd definitely consider it as well...
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MBP it is then. I think I'm going to get the 2.0 GHz, 512 RAM, 128MB video card one and upgrade the RAM myself. I think 128MB should be plenty for the graphics card since I won't be playing games and I don't want to pay an extra $500 for 512 more MB of RAM, which I will upgrade myself.

Thanks for the advice!
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