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Garret Schmidt
Macbook Pro Specs for FCPX
on Aug 20, 2017 at 2:29:37 pm

Hello,

I've been editing exclusively on a desktop for years. I'm researching MacBooks for FCPX. I found one at a decent price and I want to know if my specs are conducive for FCPX/Motion. Any input would be appreciated.

• Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
• 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
• 256GB SSD storage1
• Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
• Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
• Touch Bar and Touch ID

Thanks,
Garret


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Oliver Peters
Re: Macbook Pro Specs for FCPX
on Aug 20, 2017 at 4:00:26 pm

If you are largely working with optimized media that's 720p or 1080p, you'll probably be OK. You'll want fast TB3 external storage. However, higher demands - 4K, lots of rendering or encoding - and you'll want more horsepower.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com


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Garret Schmidt
Re: Macbook Pro Specs for FCPX
on Aug 20, 2017 at 4:22:17 pm

Hi Oliver,

Thanks for the input! I'm primarily using 720/1080 vid & I also have the proper external storage.

Thank you,
Garret


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Oliver Peters
Re: Macbook Pro Specs for FCPX
on Aug 20, 2017 at 5:27:14 pm

I'm not a big Motion guy, so that's my only concern. Motion is GPU-intensive and that could be an issue. However, I don't personally know with these specs.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com


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Dave Jenkins
Re: Macbook Pro Specs for FCPX
on Aug 20, 2017 at 4:56:20 pm
Last Edited By Dave Jenkins on Aug 20, 2017 at 4:56:55 pm

[Garret Schmidt] "8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory"

I would go for 16GB of ram.

Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
Mac Pro 3.5MHz 6-Core Late 2013
FCP X


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Garret Schmidt
Re: Macbook Pro Specs for FCPX
on Aug 20, 2017 at 9:20:34 pm

Thanks Dave! Your input is appreciated greatly. I think I will opt for more memory.


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Mark Smith
Re: Macbook Pro Specs for FCPX
on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:10:39 am

Load up the ram. the more the merrier. My quad core i7 mac mini with 16 gigs did pretty well with 1080, 720 shouldn't be an issue. Even my 2012 13" macbook with 16 GB ram handles 1080 pretty easily. YOu can also switch to proxy media if you get in a multicam situation or need to deal with weightier media.


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Mark Smith
Re: Macbook Pro Specs for FCPX
on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:05:33 pm

You might also along with Ram consider Duet, the app that can turn an ipad into a second screen for you macbook+ FCPX set up. While the app doesn't make the screens bigger, having a second screen running on an ipad does help me in a pinch.


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Garret Schmidt
Re: Macbook Pro Specs for FCPX
on Aug 21, 2017 at 1:02:55 pm

Thanks Mark, I'll keep that in mind.


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