Choosing an SSD for your MacBook Pro

Macbook Pro SSD

Get the Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD upgrade kit brand new on eBay for $529

Like FCPX Apple shipped their 2011 MacBook Pro models somewhat under-specced for video editing. Despite having a quad core model I was still getting pretty shoddy performance in Premiere Pro CS5.5 with Apple’s default configuration of 4GB of RAM and a 750GB 5400RPM hard drive on occasions.

Although the processor is an absolute beast, it isn’t coupled to the RAM and disk it really deserves. Apple did this for supply reasons as well as cost so they have a good excuse, but it still sucks.

Here’s the solution.

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The quest for a small, light, levelling video tripod and head – the result

Manfrotto 701HDV and Acratech

Where to buy –¬†Acratech Levelling Base at Adorama in the US and Bob Rigby in the UK / Europe. Manfrotto 701HDV at Adorama US and Amazon UK.

In part 1 I began my quest for a small, light and compact video head with levelling capability to level off a shot quickly. Because I move around a lot on location I set a weight limit of 3kg including legs and to keep in the spirit of what DSLRs are all about, the price has to be as accessible as the camera.

Here’s what I settled on…

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