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Is 4GB RAM on an MBP enough for video editing?

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Is 4GB RAM on an MBP enough for video editing?
Would 4GB RAM on one of the latest MacBook Pros be sufficient for intermediate (2-3 layer) HD video editing in Final Cut Express?

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Re: [KevinShaw] Is 4GB RAM on an MBP enough for video editing? In reply to
Kevin:

More RAM will help the performance and perhaps extend battery run time slightly. I'm looking to get one of the new MacBook Pros and will immediately upgrade to 8 Gb RAM. It's only $113 extra from OWC. They have data for tests with Photoshop that show a 22% faster performance when upgrading to 8 Gb.

Allan
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Re: [thatmdvideoguy] Is 4GB RAM on an MBP enough for video editing? In reply to
Thanks Allan. I figured it would be cheaper to upgrade 3rd party, so I could just order with 4GB and worry about it later.

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Re: [KevinShaw] Is 4GB RAM on an MBP enough for video editing? In reply to
Yep, that's what I will be doing also.
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FYI, we ended up getting a MacBook Pro at work to do some testing, so if I get a chance I can test how well the stock hardware configuration performs.
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Oh cool! Okay!
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FYI, we ended up getting a MacBook Pro at work to do some testing, so if I get a chance I can test how well the stock hardware configuration performs.


So what was your results. I just purchased mine about a week ago, and extremely happy with my decision to go with the 17" non glare screen. I'll be purchasing 8 GB of RAM from macsales.com soon. I must first purchase the SeriTek/6G 2-Port, eSATA, 6G, ExpressCard/34 Adapter by FirmTek so I can connect my eSata enclosures.

Let me know if I can be of any assistance, would be happy to help.
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