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William Carr
PPro on portable Mac 2017 not better than 2013 model?!
on May 24, 2017 at 6:37:59 pm

An upcoming project requires fast-moving 60sec promos edited on the road (hotel room desks and coffee tables) from scenes shot that very day.

My mid-2013 MacBook Pro actually works fine here in the studio with 4K transcoded h264-to-ProRes422, but definitely not fine with 4K mp4 clips. On the road I’ll have no time for transcoding before editing.

I reviewed specs of current Mac laptops and seems like there's barely any improvement these last 4 years in meaningful processor power.

My current 2013 MBPRO—
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
Total Number of Cores: 4
Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB

I have small SSD RAIDs and storage drives, so the internal Mac drive spec is not a big issue.

Would anyone out there be cutting 4K mp4 camera files on a Mac portable with no stagger / stutter / lag / choppy performance impediments?

(I’ve been told a pumped-up new PC laptop will effortlessly cut 4K, but for this particular project I’m not able to switch away from Mac.)


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Robert Withers
Re: PPro on portable Mac 2017 not better than 2013 model?!
on May 24, 2017 at 10:37:06 pm

I wonder what OS you are running on this machine and how it runs? Are you using Pr CC 2017?

I have a similar machine but with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
VRAM (Total): 1024 MB
16 G RAM

I am running Mac OS 10.8.5 and Pr CC "2013" because I haven't wanted to update in the middle of several long projects.
Not an answer but thanks for your thoughts.
Robert

Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema, New York City


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William Carr
Re: PPro on portable Mac 2017 not better than 2013 model?!
on May 24, 2017 at 11:36:14 pm

I'm running 10.11.6 El Capitan and PPro 2017, just short of the very latest update which I'll install tonight.


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