How much power do I really need from a new macbook pro??
I need purchase advice on a new macbook pro. I need to know the difference between what I want, and what I need. This is what I want the new laptop to do;
(1) download 2-3 software programs to do a lot of video & sound editing
(2) I want to be able to run two programs or software at the same time. For example, using photoshop/apperture on one side of my screen while editing with FinalCut in another and be able to take a call on Skype without freezing.
I'm guessing 10GB of space exclusively reserved for that kind of power, but is that under the 8/16GB MEMORY option or the 256-768GB STORAGE option when buying online? On the apple.com "buy now" page. It says 8GB is enough memory for video & photos (which is exactly what I want!!) but then it contradicts it by saying if you want to use Aperture (photo editor) & Final Cut Pro (video editing software) I should get a 16GB...huh?!?!
Currently I have 25GB of songs/podcasts etc. on my iTunes & another 15GB of personal photos on my archaic computer but that's only over 6 years! Any important videos and/or media is stored on an external hard drive & I use a friend's PC to do any Photoshop editing.
Obviously, if I want to go all out I can, but then I end of paying the same price for a laptop as Steven Spielberg would, and I ain't no Steven Spielberg!! So what is it that I really need because I can't do anything with the model I currently have!?!
- Asked by Julio C from Los Angeles
1 Answer from the Community
8GB should serve you well for running FCP and Skype. If you want to run aperture, fcp and photoshop at the same time, then 16 GB would be better.
- Answered by Victor J from Ft. Lauderdale