Hey guys. I am currently looking to purchase a MacBook Pro for work and I\'m torn between 17\" or 15\". The only thing that\'s pushing me towards the 17\" is the express card slot. My thinking is I can connect an eSata drive up using an adapter. We mainly edit ProRes 1920x1080 material. I though that I\'d need the speed of eSata to cope with multiple streams of video.
However I spoke with an Apple business rep and they seem to think FireWire would be fast enough. I told him we\'d be doing FCP and After Effects work with ProRes footage.
Would like to gain your opinions to see if you think FireWire 800 drives would be fast enough for our needs
Thanks in advance
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
It is fast enough, but eventually you'll probably regret not going for the esata hook up as FW2 is 800mb/s and esata is 3gb/s it is a noticeable difference even if you're just going to be using the macbook in the field for dumping footage.
Bite the bullet and go for the 17.5
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with the expresscard slot, you can also use an extra firewire card, which would allow you to have a firewire video connection to something like an AJA video box hooked up to the laptops firewire socket and have your hard drives on a different firewire bus through the expresscard.(or Esata bus)
you wont regret the extra screen real estate a 17" machine will give you - especially when editing using tiny little viewer windows!
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