I've been on premiere pro 4 with a mbp17 for quite a while now. The mbp17 is starting to get finicky and operating system upgrades are tricky.
Time for a new system.
First, it MUST be a laptop, I travel.
Second, can I swing over to pc and keep using all my old files? I know the project files would be toast; I'm talking old clips, artwork, music, templates, etc that I loaded onto external hard drives that are formatted for my mac.
I suspect the safe approach will be to stick with a mbp, maybe the new one.
I am using 3 external hd drives. One for original video clips, second for templates, music and other stock items, third for scratch disc. New mbp come with fewer ports. Do I still need an external scratch disc?
Anything else I should be considering with an upgrade? My edits are fairly simple and for web use. I do expect to go to CC altho I hate the subscription model. Might consider a jump to FCP.
If backward compatibility and repurposing/reediting past projects is important to you then staying in Mac should be one of your most important considerations. Nothing is insurmountable, but you'll be forced to deal with a lot of stuff that would otherwise be a no-brainer if you stick with a MBP.
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