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Hi,

I'll be soon purchasing a nice sexy lil' Macbook, but i have one question?

I'm starting to get into Video editting and i'm just wondering will the Macbook be suffcient for what i want it to do?
I will be doing short videos, small animations and editting home videos. Will the onboard graphics and 1gig Ram be ok? or would 2gig be more appropriate?

Any help will be much apprciated.
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I think you should get 2GB of RAM and it should be fine.
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The MB will be OK if you're not doing 3D stuff.
And you can probably get the 2GB of RAM cheaper afterwards than upgrading from 1 to 2 from Apple.

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I agree with the 2Gig upgrade. That was my only upgrade and it made a huge difference!
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Thanks for the replies guys.

So 2gig of Ram sounds like it's going to make a big difference and will probably 'future proof' it i guess.
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You should probably get it from Apple with 1GB of RAM, then buy another gig from Crucial and install it yourself because it is ALOT cheaper.
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You should probably get it from Apple with 1GB of RAM, then buy another gig from Crucial and install it yourself because it is ALOT cheaper.
I second that - 3rd party RAM will save you about $80, plus you could eBay the 1Gig they'll give you.

I have no idea why Apple charges so much for memory...

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2GB from Apple - $350
2GB from Crucial - $105.99
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Lol.......ok i see where this is going

Thanks for the heads up guys. I'll just upgrade it myself
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Coming from experience with this type of creative art, I'd suggest the MBP.. It has more raw power and dedicated graphics, top that with 2gb of ram and you'll fly.

I do a lot of Photoshop/Flash/Maya work and my iBook chugs, and it's pretty fast for a G4.
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Just one word of caution—sometimes the cheapest solution is not the best. If you buy cheap mail-order ram and install it yourself, chances are you will be fine. But there is a slight possibility that your luck will not hold. I am proof of that. I had my dealer install 3rd-party ram when I bought my MacBook. It is guaranteed for life. It was cheaper than Apple's yet more expensive than mail order. Six weeks later I start getting Kernel Panics. Ran hardware test—bad ram module! Dealer replaced. What are you going to do if your mail order ram craps out?
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You should probably get it from Apple with 1GB of RAM, then buy another gig from Crucial and install it yourself because it is ALOT cheaper.
I thought you had to toss the 1GB that comes with the laptop, then buy a fresh new 2GBs?
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Coming from experience with this type of creative art, I'd suggest the MBP...
Even though he's only doing short videos, small animations and editing home videos?
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Yeah, I think for light editing, the MB is plenty sufficient. I played around with iMovie a bit on my G4 mini, and the lowest-end MacBook runs circles around a G4.
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