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Luke Christopher
Can you edit well with a 13" Macbook Pro 2014 with PP CC?
on May 31, 2016 at 7:03:02 pm

I've been using a mid-2009 with FCP 7 and transcoding everything, so obviously I'm looking to upgrade my system because I just got CC.

I don't mind transcoding if it makes everything easier, and I'm quite used to it but working native would be great. I'm shooting with a Canon DSLR and the H264 can be painful. Funny enough just tried FCP X with native files and it works fine on this old machine. It's got 8gb RAM. 500 HD but using a Graid 0 FW 800 for the media.

Can someone explain how much faster editing would be with a new machine. I'm looking a late 2013 13" Retina. I know this does not have a discreet video card, but can it handle normal editing? I don't do much sfx, more doc style.

Or do I just bite the bullet and get the 15" with the video card?

Someone also said save on the Thunderbolt drive and go with an external USB 3.0 SSD.

It also seems like the PP CC is not really optimized for a Mac. I'm a die-hard Mac person and I have to work with other Mac people so going the PC route is not much of an option. I've seen some videos on FCP X smoking PP but I still can't get used to it's Mickey Mouse UI. But I hear a lot of my friends say how great it is for fast and small projects.

Any thoughts?

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Oki Pienandoro
Re: Can you edit well with a 13" Macbook Pro 2014 with PP CC?
on Jun 1, 2016 at 3:32:38 am

Since you're only edit a 1920x1080 H.264 from canon DSLR, and from the tech specs here:

Assuming the graphic card were not supported (thus you only edit in Software Mode, not GPU accelerated mode)
Also,i never own Mac or any MacBook Pro (but i do use them if i'm editing with 3rd party)

In personal use/project, i only use PC,
A 10 years old PC if i have to say. And i can edit in realtime on native H.264.
Based on that, since my PC specs is lower than your spec (or anyone really)
It's safe to say your machine it's more than enough.

Also, Adobe comes with trial you know, you can use it for 30 days. See if it can hold well.
The only limitation is the output format (i think), since some of them is licensed.

You might as well check your performance by using a benchmark project file here :

But don't take this as a real workflow benchmark, this more aiming at GPU performance.

For understanding about GPU advantages, read here :
Yes, it was webpage with an old school layout, but it's really worth it to read IMO.

In conclusion, if your workflow never or rarely use a GPU accelerated effects etc, you will not get advantages at all by upgrading your machine/graphic card.

See the result here :
(look for GPU VS Software only)

But it only applies IF your workflow depend on GPU assisted feature (they use a heavily GPU project files in this benchmark)

Sorry for the english, not native speaker.

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