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Can I upgrade my Mac to edit 4k or even 1920, or is it a lost cause?

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Bill Thomas
Can I upgrade my Mac to edit 4k or even 1920, or is it a lost cause?
on Feb 27, 2018 at 5:53:01 pm
Last Edited By Bill Thomas on Feb 27, 2018 at 6:01:48 pm

Hi all,

I have an older Mac and was curious if it can even be upgraded to work with 4k (or even 1920, since even THAT format lags in Premiere Pro!). Here's my specs:

Still running 10.8.5 and Premier Pro CS6.

Here are the formats our new cameras can shoot:

SInce I'm still testing, I have been using the MOV format at 100mbs, 59.94. Would the AVCHD format be better to edit with? (I read a previous post about some compressions, like H264, being awful to edit with).

And since I probably know what your answer will be, and if I have to go to a new system, what would be the least expensive Mac I could get that would easily edit 1920 (and occasionally 4k) using Premier Pro CC?

Lastly, I've been very pleased with external USB 3, 3.5" drives instead of my old SATA RAID setup. Never any hiccups, BUT it's been for 1280x720 P2 footage.

What recommendations (again, inexpensive if possible) for external editing drive for a new system?

Thanks all - I know I'm a dinosaur here!

EDIT: Since I prefer Premiere Pro, can you offer an argument why a PC system could be better/cheaper than a Mac? (I have had Macs forever, but I'm not married to it).


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