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Old October 29th, 2008, 09:59 AM   #1
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Editing AVCHD on Macbook Pro

I have a Canon HF100 and am considering purchasing a new Macbook Pro. Question: Would the upgraded model offer any significant benefits for editing AVCHD? The upgraded model has a 2.53 GHz vs. 2.4 GHz processor. Both have the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, although the upgraded model has a 512 MB cache vs. 256MB. If both models are going to be equally bad (and I need to be using a desktop with more power), I will probably just get the base model. I'm a newbie and haven't yet tried to do any editing. Thanks for any input!
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Old October 29th, 2008, 07:20 PM   #2
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I have a Canon HF100 and am considering purchasing a new Macbook Pro. Question: Would the upgraded model offer any significant benefits for editing AVCHD? The upgraded model has a 2.53 GHz vs. 2.4 GHz processor.
All OS X NLEs convert AVCHD to another codec (AIC or ProRes) so the computer power only helps the speed the conversion process.

What editor will you use? I fell in love with iMovie 08 so much I wrote a book about it. It is the first leap ahead in editing video in a decade. So big a leap that it seems to confuse folks who use traditional software. It really works great with AVCHD!
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I am planning to use iMovie 08. Sounds like this should be good/sufficient for home movies and such? In terms of processing power, will both of the Macbook Pro models do an adequate job?
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I am planning to use iMovie 08. Sounds like this should be good/sufficient for home movies and such? In terms of processing power, will both of the Macbook Pro models do an adequate job?
Both fine will be fine.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 09:22 AM   #5
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Barry,
We have a MacBook Pro2.4 GZ and it works fine. I do most of my stuff on a iMac with a 2.0 GZ Intel duo. Both use Imovie 08 and HD fine. I did max out the ram on both Macs.
I use a Sony SR11 and both Macs handle the AVCHD.
As Steve said both would be fine, and you might want to look at his books. I found them to be helpfull.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 11:09 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info. One more question...Will editing on the Mac, along with the conversion to AIC, result in any loss in quality as compared to editing on a Windows program such as Nero? I'm wanting to be able to play back on a 50" HDTV. Thanks again.
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