I've been using a mid-2009 with FCP 7 and transcoding everything, so obviously I'm looking to upgrade my system because I just got CC.
I don't mind transcoding if it makes everything easier, and I'm quite used to it but working native would be great. I'm shooting with a Canon DSLR and the H264 can be painful. Funny enough just tried FCP X with native files and it works fine on this old machine. It's got 8gb RAM. 500 HD but using a Graid 0 FW 800 for the media.
Can someone explain how much faster editing would be with a new machine. I'm looking a late 2013 13" Retina. I know this does not have a discreet video card, but can it handle normal editing? I don't do much sfx, more doc style.
Or do I just bite the bullet and get the 15" with the video card?
Someone also said save on the Thunderbolt drive and go with an external USB 3.0 SSD.
It also seems like the PP CC is not really optimized for a Mac. I'm a die-hard Mac person and I have to work with other Mac people so going the PC route is not much of an option. I've seen some videos on FCP X smoking PP but I still can't get used to it's Mickey Mouse UI. But I hear a lot of my friends say how great it is for fast and small projects.
Assuming the graphic card were not supported (thus you only edit in Software Mode, not GPU accelerated mode)
Also,i never own Mac or any MacBook Pro (but i do use them if i'm editing with 3rd party)
In personal use/project, i only use PC,
A 10 years old PC if i have to say. And i can edit in realtime on native H.264.
Based on that, since my PC specs is lower than your spec (or anyone really)
It's safe to say your machine it's more than enough.
Also, Adobe comes with trial you know, you can use it for 30 days. See if it can hold well.
The only limitation is the output format (i think), since some of them is licensed.