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I've recently gotten into video editing and I was looking at getting Final Cut Express. I currently have a 13.3" white Macbook with intel core 2 duo 2 GHz, 1 GB RAM and about 17 GB left on the internal hard drive. I plan on using a large external hard drive to store the actual video footage. What would you guys suggest upgrading since going with a macbook pro isn't really an option at the moment. I assume upgrading ram would be in there but how much?
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Hi Danarchy911,

i would upgrade to 4 gig ram.... i am using the macbook and have no issues and can run multiple applications. but the battery goes fast.

not much HD space i would think about your set up. remember HD's fail and fail often have 2 external HD one as an extra back up, just incase. if it is lost it is gone this includes internal HD.
i have moved to FCE and need help ... i will be posting tonight.
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Mac Specs: Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10

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It will work, but as mentioned you will definitely want to upgrade your RAM - there are many 13" white Macbooks that are in your CPU range, you will want to confirm your version but if you have a relatively new one you should be able to upgrade it to at least 4 gigs - I have edited with 2 gigs, 4 gigs is much nicer when editing video. One concern is if you have an Intel GMA X3100 or 950 - some fxplug features may not work - but that may not be critical to what you do (most features of the software will work fine - not even Apple was able to tell me back when I was shopping for a Mac which filters wouldn't work on the GMA chipset).

As you probably already guessed, you will not want to use your internal drive as your scratch/media drive. You will want and external Firewire drive (not USB if possible - although USB will work, it's much slower then firewire when dealing with large streaming files similar to video files) to act as your scratch/media drive. You will then need to go into the settings within FCE and tell it where the scratch/render/media drive is and it should use that to store your video/audio.

My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)
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