I am about to be a student in college studying film. I currently work with FC7, After Effects, Photoshop, and am dabbling with Premier. The campus is a Mac campus. They are teaching Avid, Premier and FCP.
Is the Retina worth it? Is the screen that good? Does is the SSD worth it (512). I store my footage on external FireWire drives and Apple is supposedly releasing an adapter soon. I have an iMac (long story short, its the latest, but my old 2008 one broke and they replaced it.) So I still have access to a CD drive, can still use my drives in the meantime. Also, another aspect if it applies is I would like to be able to sync data between my laptop and iMac. Would an ethernet connection be the best solution for big files? (Play into the Retina version not having it.) Money is an issue but not 100%, my parents are leaning towards the retina as a reward for scholarships etc.