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Stuart Samuels
Advice on buying Mac Book Pro for Video Editing
on Jan 30, 2012 at 3:37:19 pm

Hi.

I'm on the verge of buying a MBP for HD video editing/Motion Graphics/Compositing work at home. The upgrade options offered by Apple have me a little stumped at what to choose for the best.

I don't need the fastest most impressive machine in the world but I would like one that doesnt have me going insane waiting for things to render and able to run FCP, Photoshop & After Effects at the same time without it grinding to a halt.

The base model I am looking at has these specs:

2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

Would this be enough for my needs or would you reccomend upgrading anything?

Thanks for any advice anyone may be able to offer.

Stuart.


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Craig Johnson
Re: Advice on buying Mac Book Pro for Video Editing
on Jan 31, 2012 at 1:36:34 am

I bought a little 13 inch 3 months ago with basically the same specs you posted. I am a hobby level at home editor. That said, I get some jobs and make them blu ray. I have to say, this little machine with the sandy bridge is right on the money for speed and ease of handling the load. If I were a full time editor, I would spare no expense for the best of the best. I have a 6 month old 27 inch imac quad core with same basic stats, the MBP is quicker and I can take it and my drives in a very small bag and get stuff done.


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Michael Sacci
Re: Advice on buying Mac Book Pro for Video Editing
on Jan 31, 2012 at 8:37:04 am

You can get by with that but AE and any graphic app wants as much RAM and processor as you can give it. You definitely should get at least 8 GB of RAM and put a 7200 RPM HD is it. Then if you can afford a faster processor go for it. It will pay off with faster rendering and more fps playback.

Do you need portability? If not get a iMac and you can add more RAM and a faster processor.


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Stuart Samuels
Re: Advice on buying Mac Book Pro for Video Editing
on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:54:56 am

Thanks for your help.

Would I notice a big difference between the 5400rpm and the 7200rpm hard drive?


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Jeff Meyer
Re: Advice on buying Mac Book Pro for Video Editing
on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:26:33 pm

7200rpm is a worthwhile upgrade.

Also, make sure you get at least 8gb of RAM. You might do a bit of research, I'm pretty sure the Macbook Pros now accept 16gb of RAM, although Apple doens't offer a 16gb upgrade for some reason. You can buy a 16gb kit from a 3rd party and upgrade yourself for about the same price as you can do an 8gb upgrade from Apple. Final Cut Pro 7 will do okay with 4gb, but Adobe's Creative Suite will really come to life with extra RAM.


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