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Craig Alan
macbook pro config
on Jan 13, 2015 at 10:33:38 pm

Looking for best config (best bang for the buck) for macbook pro

Use:

FCP X edit on road.
Short form films.
Will transfer projects to thunderbolt raids/Imac when back in studio
Even if part of long form film will transfer footage maybe with edit started.

Questions

Is media drive needed to edit even if drive is wiped clean between events.

If not I’d go with larger internal drive.

Doubt it.

If so what drive do you recommend and still remain portable?

1 TB or 2 TB or whatever the sweet spot is. Hopefully fits in case with mac.

is the

2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz [Add $200.00]
worth it?

Any other advice appreciated.

case. needed accessories etc

Mac Pro, macbook pro, Imacs (i7); Canon 5D Mark III/70D, Panasonic AG-HPX170/AG-HPX250P, Canon HV40, Sony Z7U/VX2000/PD170; FCP 6 certified; FCP X write professionally for a variety of media; teach video production in L.A.


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Joe Marler
Re: macbook pro config
on Jan 16, 2015 at 5:38:13 am

[Craig Alan] "...what drive do you recommend and still remain portable?...is the
2.8GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz [Add $200.00] worth it?....


The 1TB HGST Touro S is the fastest USB 3.0 bus-powered portable drive I've tested so far. It does about 130 MB/sec.

Re $200 bump for 2.5 to 2.8Ghz i7, it's only 12% faster but then every little bit helps.

If you will truly be editing on the road, then maybe it's worth it. However in many cases we intend to edit on the road and just end up shooting. The only editing is producing some rough dailies, which you don't need a top-spec MacBook Pro for. This varies based on your workflow and production style. If I was really editing I'd want a pretty high end MBP.


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