November 23, 2018 at 2:08AM, Edited November 23, 2:10AM


What editor should I use on my old Macbook?

Hi Guys,

I have an old Macbook that runs ok but having troubles with video editing. I've installed DaVinci Resolve 14 I think and it keeps crashing when playing on the timeline. It worked ok like one year ago when I've edited some clips hot on my iPhone nut now I have Sony A7 and it barely works with the AVCHD files. Is my laptop to blame or just DaVinci.

My configuration is as per below:
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) running on High Sierra
Processor: 2,5 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory: 10 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB

Any advice is welcomed, as I'm new to this and am not sure if it's my configuration or just DaVinci. Should I try FCPX or Premiere (though I have a suspicion that Premiere would run even worse on my laptop).

Thank you in advance for all the help.



Your GPU is getting heavily bottlenecked by your CPU. That's what might be causing the crash. You would probably best using an old version of Premiere like 2017 or 2016.

You could probably get resolve to work if you transcode all your footage to ProRes before importing.

November 26, 2018 at 8:37AM

Alex Alva

Hey, Alex. Sorry for the late reply.
Must be a total noob, as I though the CPU is good enough but the GPU must be weak as it's not a dedicated video card.
What Macbook would you recommend for decent video editing? An i7 would do or i9?

Bogdan Bontas

January 26, 2019 at 12:53AM, Edited January 26, 12:53AM

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