The best macbook to run Final Cut Pro?

I'm going to be a film student pursuing a degree in film post production.

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    Ultimately, the sky is the limit for MacBooks. It really depends on what you are willing to sacrifice for price. You CAN edit without retina display and solid state hard drives, however, here is the breakdown of what a great post production machine will need. SPEED! This breaks down to three categories. Hard drive speed, RAM Speed and processor speed. Solid state hard drives are the best for editing because they offer instant response. When editing, you want to be able to seamlessly flow through clips and cuts without having to wait for your hard drive to respond. Solid state is the way to go. However if you can't afford it you can always go with a 7200 RPM HDD, standard for most editing units. HDD's also come in 10 and 15000 RPM, but for the cost of these, stay with SSD. RAM, the more RAM the better, 8GB is a great for after effects or any other graphic intensive program. This will allow you to multitask and work with multiple programs at one time. 8 is actually the minimum that I would recommend when working with any video or post. Now, processor. Processors are able to process multiple streams of data when rendering, giving each core that amount of power to render. If you have a 2.5 GHZ processors you are getting that x4. Anything above a 2.7 is good for HD video. It doesn't overwhelm the processor because it is designed for that. The higher the GHZ the more power you will have an less time you spend rendering. Retina. Not too sure about this, don't know much about it. however if you are working in graphics or special effects, the retina may come in handy. Hope this helps.

    • Answered by Allan M from Cincinnati
    • Feb 4, 2014