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Doug Chapin
mac book pro early 2013 and 4k video
on Jan 30, 2017 at 5:39:08 pm

I saw some people have been editing 4k video on the same machine as mine I have a

2013 mac book pro 2.7 ghz i7 16 gig 500 ssd

I think Paul N has the similar setup

i have been shooting on a phantom 4 pro and osmo pro in 4k

the footage can play back smooth in the operating system but in premier it is glitchy and freezes quickly

the hard drive is only half full i have it on the hard drive and have also use a thunderbolt external hdd

i have all the usual settings for top graphics card on at all times etc.


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Jim Watt
Re: mac book pro early 2013 and 4k video
on Jan 31, 2017 at 12:15:13 am

Not sure what to tell you. I'm using an early 2012 MBP I7 processor 1600MHZ and I get decent playback of 4K in PP. This is with a mix of formats. H264 from our Inspire, XVAC-I from FS7 and XAVC-S from our A7R II and that's just with firewire 7200 rpm drives. Granted I'm generally only using it for screening in the field, but you should definitely be doing better with a Thunderbolt drive and faster processor.

Presumably you've cleaned out our cache, and I put all my previews on my system drive with the video on external drives.

I have used the MBP in a pinch, when my main edit system was in for repair, to edit 2 or 3 layers of 4K with a Thunderbolt raid and generally it worked fine and we did edit a 25 minute 4K video with mixed Phantom 4, 4K andXAVC-S 4K footage using the 7200 rpm drive and it worked fine.

Good luck, I'm sorry I can't be more helpful....JW


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William Carr
Re: mac book pro early 2013 and 4k video
on Jan 31, 2017 at 6:51:44 pm

I'm editing on MBPRO of similar specs and age w 4K regularly.

One difference is I transcode all my camera clips to ProRes and that becomes my media.
Reason being I find the intraframe format gives me smooth playback and fast operation with PPRO. I'm a long time Final Cut user from the pre-X days so the transcode is no issue to me and these days doesn't take too long.

All my media is accessed from- and video previews are rendered to- external RAIDs (SSD and not) via Thunderbolt and USB 3. I use both RAID 0 and 5 depending on complexity of project.

Suggest you update to latest PPRO and try a RAID if you haven't yet.


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Doug Chapin
Re: mac book pro early 2013 and 4k video
on Jan 31, 2017 at 7:09:11 pm

I want to be able to edit when i travel. and i plan to travel a lot


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William Carr
Re: mac book pro early 2013 and 4k video
on Feb 1, 2017 at 1:21:00 am

I have travelled and edited 4K with a portable bus-powered RAID 0, and sometimes a portable external bus-powered Thunderbolt SSD.
And if you're indoors somewhere in your travels where you can plug something in to a power outlet, there are many small-size RAID 0 choices.

And as I mentioned if you transcode your clips to an intraframe format, that is much less processor-intensive for your Mac to manage.


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