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Tatyana Mircheva
Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jan 19, 2012 at 6:12:17 pm

Hi guys,

I already have an iMAC 27inch but I would like to purchase a macbook which would allow me to be more mobile. As I wouldn't like to spend much money, I would like to purchase the refurbished Macbook Pro 13" 350GB, 4GB RAM for £799. I will be using mainly FCP. I heard that the video card is not great and that motion and colour wouldn't work but that wouldn't be such a huge issue as I have the iMAC. Is it worth it?

Thanks in advance,
Tatyana

Tatyana Mircheva


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Thomas Morter-Laing
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jan 19, 2012 at 6:30:01 pm

Which MacBook pro specifically? I don't remember a 350GB specific one off the top of my head- what's the processor? :)

Tom Morter-Laing
Editor
Certified Apple Product Proffessional, 2010





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Tatyana Mircheva
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jan 19, 2012 at 9:01:43 pm

I am sorry I meant the 13 inch 320GB http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FC700B/A

Originally released February 2011
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1280-by-800 resolution
4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
320GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM

Tatyana Mircheva


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Jeremy Doyle
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jan 19, 2012 at 7:26:47 pm

I use my wife's 13" macbook pro core 2 duo with 4 gb ram every now and then. It works fine with a firewire 800 drive. Cuts only in Pro Res and HDV are no problem. I've finished a couple of projects on it, but it takes forever to render and I've only done it in a pinch.

It certainly is nothing compared to my Mac Pro, but it beats the pants off my old G4 that I cut DVCPRO HD footage with on FCP 4.5 when I made the jump to HD.



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Jules Bodenstein
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:11:57 pm

Hi Tatyana,

All the modern macbook pros should be more than capable of running FCP, although they may be a little slow rendering I would advise working with offline SD proxies to relieve pressure on the macbook.

The main issue I would have with the 13 inch is the size of the screen. I like a big screen or two while editing and have found it difficult to work sometimes on my laptop which is the 15 inch model.

Either way happy editing!


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Tatyana Mircheva
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jan 20, 2012 at 3:03:36 pm

Thank you guys for your replies. I have just purchased it. Have a good weekend! :)

Tatyana Mircheva


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Al Bergstein
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jan 20, 2012 at 9:45:29 pm

The question I have is whether this one runs Lion or if it is the one running something prior to that. If this came out post Lion, then you might have a problem, as I have been unable to run FCP 7 under Lion. Just want to make sure you are clear on that, if in fact that is the case. I could be wrong. Maybe they have fixed that problem? But when I tried to install FCP 7 on my Lion based machine, it said it would not run on it and refused to install.

Al


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Thomas Morter-Laing
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jan 20, 2012 at 9:55:26 pm

Al- thats not a common issue methinks- I have Lion on mine and currently repel the idea of FCPX, and am running FCP7 without any issue...

Tom Morter-Laing
Editor
Certified Apple Product Proffessional, 2010





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Thanks if you can help :D
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Equipment (not for 'bragging', but in case it's relevant to future posts :D): Canon 7D, with Rode NTG2.
iMac 27" intel i7 3.4GHz, 12GB RAM, ATI HD 6970M [2GB GDDR5], G-Tech G-RAID 2TB (soon to be over eSata!). Elgato Turbo H264HD.





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Al Bergstein
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:17:16 pm

Thanks Thomas, very odd. Oh well, I'll give it another try then. I don't use it that often anymore anyway, but when it didn't install, I just gave up.

Al


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Apostolos Nikolaidis
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jul 2, 2012 at 5:12:22 pm

Tatiana hi,

I was wondering how things go with the 13" MBP and FCP?
I edit as well on a 27" iMac and need a small and reliable laptop for my shooting journeys.
Is the 13" MBP capable of doing some basic editing / viewing and exports for HD materials through FCP 7?

Any help/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Best,
Apostolos


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Tatyana Mircheva
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jul 3, 2012 at 12:12:28 am

Hi,

Well, I bought the refurbished one in January from the apple site -good price. It came as brand new.
I tried a little bit of editing and it was rather slow. The screen is also small. The last time I upgraded the firmware it crushed and had to take it to apple store. They had to erase everything. Bah!

So, unfortunately I can't give you a great review on the editing side as I didn't use it much for this after all.

I guess not helpful at all.

Therefore I am off to bed.

Ciao.

Tatyana Mircheva


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Apostolos Nikolaidis
Re: Is Macbook Pro 13" ok for ocasional editing?
on Jul 3, 2012 at 12:35:02 am

Hmmmm, doesn't sound great experience to have!

Thanks for your reply and wish you for "no more troubles".

Off to bed as well...

Apostolos Nikolaidis
http://www.nikolaidisapostolos.com


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