1080p video shuddery, would upgrading to latest MacBook Pro help?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by callagga, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. callagga macrumors member

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    I have a 2010 MacBook Pro model, and now I'm starting to use GoPro video (1080p, 50fps) in Final Cut Pro X, I am finding the video does NOT play perfectly and is a bit shuddery for 30% of the time. You could imagine it's FCPX not getting enough grunt from the MBP to play properly. I note the GoPro video plays fine in VLC, but in QuickTime or FinalCutPro it shudders a bit (like the program is not keeping up)

    Question - would upgrading to latest MacBook Pro help? (the latest does seem to be significantly more powerful than what I have, but I guess the question is, is the poor video playback likely to be due to power of the MacBook I have)


    My 2010 Model:
    15-inch, Mid 2010, MacBook Pro
    Processor 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512 MB
    Note: Have a SSD as main drive & a 2nd drive in the Optical bay slot.


    Latest Model I could Order
    Mac Book Pro 15"
    2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
    128GB Solid State Drive
     
  2. headviking macrumors member

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    My son had the same problem. He started to record in a lower frame rate 32 I think and all is well now.
    I think it's the graph card that cannot keep up.
     
  3. callagga thread starter macrumors member

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    oh, what year/model MacBook does he have?
     
  4. xShane macrumors 6502a

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    As a last resort, is your current MBP maxed out in RAM? Check using Activity Monitor to see if the programs you are running are eating up all the RAM (to see if you even need more RAM in the first place).
     
  5. callagga thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the idea...did some testing and noted in fact, on 1080 50fps

    apps
    - final cut preview - jerky/shuddery
    - VLC - OK
    - Quicktime - OK

    CPU & Memory seems ok which each. For FCPX the CPU usage is about 130% but if you look across the 4 quad CPU usage displays neither are flatlining. Memory. Free memory is getter low but there was still 120MB or so free. Have 4GB of memory in the macbook...

    Perhaps just a Final Cut Pro X issues?
     
  6. xShane macrumors 6502a

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    120MB free isn't that much. It might help to increase the memory to 8GB.
     

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