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Kozo Okumura
Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:54:08 pm

I have been away of from FCP these days and have some questions.
I have a friend who has the footage of 250 hours of 1080p footage which she is going to convert to ProRes, which will be 16TB.

she has a macbook pro 13 inch late 2011 model with 2.8GH dual core I7.
(http://support.apple.com/kb/SP645)
i forgot to ask about the memory but if needed she can have the maximum 8GB RAM installed.

She is concerned that her Macbook Pro is powerful enough to edit 16TB materials. she has FCP 7 but she could use FCP X instead. (I am recommending her to switch to X since 7 is fading out.) This will be 90 min. to 2 hour documentary with mostly one video layer, cut and dissolve only, not so much effect.

She will be using thunderbolt drives daisy chained if possible.

do you think it is editable set up?
which system is better to edit between fcp 7 or X from different perspectives?

if it is bad idea, what would you recommend?

Thank you in advance.



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Shane Ross
Re: Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:57:52 pm

As long as you can connect the 16TB drive worth of footage to the latpop, it will do fine.

BTW, 250 hours of ProRes 422 is 19TB...so you need 22-23 TB of storage for that. If you go ProRes LT, then it is 13.4TB...and a 16TB drive is right. Just FYI

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Shane Ross
Re: Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:00:06 pm

And they should use whatever NLE they feel comfortable using. FCP 7 still works, and will still get the job done. Depends if they have the time/need/want/desire to learn a whole new editing app too. The only thing similar about the two apps is they are made by Apple, and convert footage to ProRes.

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Kozo Okumura
Re: Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 11, 2012 at 3:47:37 am

thank you for your response, Shane. Even though FCP X has a wacky interface, do you think it would be better for that fact it will run smoother since it is 64bit application or doesn't make that difference since the editing will be simple cut and dissolve only?



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Shane Ross
Re: Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 11, 2012 at 8:11:11 am

I cannot comment about FCX vs FCP, as I haven't used FCX that much. I tried it for 4 days and just couldn't grasp it. So to me, no, FCP 7, that I know very well, would be smoother. But others who "get" FCX swear by it.

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jon smitherton
Re: Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 12, 2012 at 2:03:08 am

What is the codec of the original footage? I would edit the native footage (unless it's H264 - where you need to convert) in a Prores timeline to save space if possible.

Jon



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Kozo Okumura
Re: Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 12, 2012 at 10:49:38 am

hi jon,

my friend said it is AVCHD MTS file. it would be great if fcp 7 or x can edit it natively but my understanding is that it is not good idea. what do you think?



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jon smitherton
Re: Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 13, 2012 at 12:11:49 pm

Unfortunately it won't handle it:
http://documentation.apple.com/en/finalcutpro/professionalformatsandworkflo...

You could try this program - I haven't tried it but looks like it can re-wrap into quicktime:
http://www.eoshd.com/content/3576/re-wrap-avchd-clips-to-quicktime-in-no-ti...

or:
http://www.divergentmedia.com/clipwrap/

but you will still be left with the AVCHD codec.

http://www.shedworx.com/final-cut-pro-x-avchd-support

Myself I would look at FCPX - especially if its a simple cut - or Premiere and edit AVCHD natively...16-20 TB is a massive amount of storage and maybe a budget constraint.

You may want to look into running another monitor for the 13" - the 13" will be annoying to cut on. There maybe problems with daisy chaining the monitor with one thunderbolt port attached to storage.

Jon



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Tom Matthies
Re: Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 13, 2012 at 5:30:52 pm

Also consider what is needed after the edit when considering FCPX. Do you need to export OMF's for audio sweetening? Stick with FCP7.

E=MC2+/-2db


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jon smitherton
Re: Can MacBook Pro handle 250 hours of ProRes Footage to edit
on Aug 13, 2012 at 8:24:21 pm

[Tom Matthies] "Do you need to export OMF's for audio sweetening?"

http://x2pro.net/

:)



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