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Wayne Williams
MacBook Pro versus Mac Pro decision
on May 9, 2010 at 10:33:23 pm

Hello,

I did post this on the Color and FCP forum but also seems highly relevant for this forum as well...

I am i homing in on a final MacBook Pro versus Mac Pro decision to enable both real-time capture (argues for portable) and final cut - color - motion work flow.

i have a new sony HXR 5NU that provides me with 25 Mbps 1080p AVCHD 8 bit 4:2:0 from the camera or 10 bit uncompressed 1080i 4:2:2 via SDI or HDMI. The latter would involve a MacBook (not lugging a 45 pound Mac Pro around on the set) and an external MOTU HD Express HDMI or or a Matrox O2 LE.

The key question is if the extra information is significant in terms of final look, constructing quality masks, etc. I believe the answer is yes as it relates to simply comparing 8 bit 4:2:0 versus 10 bit uncompressed 4:2:2. Seems the answer is murkier with the trade-off of 1080i (the uncompressed signal) versus 1080p from AVCHD.

I do not know the internal workings of the camera, it is possible that it is 1080i off of the sensor electronics and a pull down is happening with the avchd encoder which means that it is not really a trade-off.

Any opinions?

Otherwise I just focus on getting the best out of my camcorder's avchd output using a waveform monitor and go for a Mac Pro in Post.

Any thoughts on this?

Wayne
Portland


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Noah Kadner
Re: MacBook Pro versus Mac Pro decision
on May 10, 2010 at 1:58:33 am

Mac Pro and AJA Ki Pro for the win- i.e. you'd not need to carry any computer to get the highest quality capture. And for serious Color work a laptop is not suitable...

Noah

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Wayne Williams
Re: MacBook Pro versus Mac Pro decision
on May 10, 2010 at 3:55:34 am

Thanks Noah,

Aja Ki Pro seems to be the consensus answer...

Wayne


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Mark Petereit
Re: MacBook Pro versus Mac Pro decision
on May 10, 2010 at 3:35:31 pm

Yep, you might be able to get away with a MacBook if you're just editing, but as soon as you step into Color, the MacBook goes out the window.


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Wayne Williams
Re: MacBook Pro versus Mac Pro decision
on May 11, 2010 at 8:37:55 am

Returned my "demo" macbook pro today and ordered a Mac Pro.

Now I just need to figure out screens! Pulling my hair out on that one as I want to do Color seriously as well.

w.


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Mark Petereit
Re: MacBook Pro versus Mac Pro decision
on May 11, 2010 at 11:28:51 am

The overwhelming consensus on The Cow is Flanders Scientific monitors. I'm getting ready to drop the dime on a LM2470W.


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