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Ask Max: Is it possible to efficiently edit HD footage on a laptop?

Asked on 10/01/2009:

Really they go together? Is it possible to edit HD video on a laptop... Even if the specs match won't it be painfully slow.

Thanks, Dee


Really it is true, I know many video professionals who use a MacBook Pro to edit HD video. This is particularly true now that they support 8 GB RAM in the 17" MacBook Pro models. Where you may feel the difference is in large rendering and capture. In those instances having more cores and faster drives available will be a benefit. Most video pros will own a Mac Pro if they just have one system but the second system is often a MacBook Pro for mobile work and assembly of the footage.

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