Best Video Editing MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jonathanlinsley, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. jonathanlinsley macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2014

    Hello Guys!

    I'm in the market for a video editing MacBook Pro (probably gonna be retina).

    I'll be running Final Cut Pro - (Hopefully Final Cut Pro X) - and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 software.

    I understand that I need:
    8gb ram (preferably 16gb)
    Graphics of Intel HD 4000 (again, preferbly better - Intel Iris Pro Graphics)
    Atleast Dual-Quad Core Processor of 2GHz
    SSD Drive - is 256GB flash storage ok?
    64-bit? I'm assuming most MacBook Pro's are, yeah?

    Does anybody recommend the refurb route through the Apple website? I can't afford the above spec brand new.

    Does anybody has any advice on my spec above? is this spec correct for my needs?

    Also: This is the model I'm looking at buying - is this good value? -pro-23ghz-quad-core-intel-i7-with-retina-display

    One final point - I have Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 on my Windows8 machine, is there any way that I can posssibly get this onto my Mac? Or would I have to purchase a Mac enabled version?

    Thanks Guys! I'm new to Mac so all advice is appreciated.

    Jonathan L. (UK)
  2. dan1eln1el5en macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Good choice,
    regarding specs, seems ok, can be better, but definately very well.

    regarding CS6, you can transfer your licens, but the install files are different (where Windows uses an install.exe, the Mac have a install.dmg)
    the process is fairly simple, on windows deregister your licens, then on the mac install the trial version and then register your version.
    please notice that with each licens you are able to run your registration on two machines (so why not keep the windows machine at the same time, just in case).

    I would also recommend a bigger external Harddrive, because 256 GB get filled fast when you have a lot oc caches etc. related to movie editing.
  3. augustya macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2012
    So why does everyone here then keeps harping the same point again and again that if one is into Video Editing you need a Dedicated GPU machine ? So what was of all that about ?? :rolleyes:
  4. TheIguana, Feb 25, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2014

    TheIguana macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2004
    With Adobe Premiere at least you gain significant benefits only from a dedicated graphics card (Intel's cards including the Iris Pro are not supported). OpenCL/CUDA acceleration for Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine are only supported on dedicated cards with Adobe's offerings.

    Appears that Final Cut Pro also benefits quite significantly from a dedicated GPU:
  5. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    As soon as the guy mentioned he can't afford a brand new model they realized he wouldn't value the benefit of having the dGPU model for $1000+ more :)
  6. kathyricks macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    I think it's a macho thing...without a dedicated GPU you can still get the same video work done, it'll just take 30-50% longer.
  7. am2am macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2011
    about the time :)

    1. late 2013 rMBP 15" 2,3GHz i7/16GB/512/ Nvidia 750M
    2. late 2013 rMBP 15" 2,3GHz i7/16GB/512/ IrisPro (forced by gfxCardStatus)
    3. late 2013 rMBP 13" 2,4Ghz i5/8GB/256/ Iris

    Short test movie with transitions (1m41s) export from iMovie 10.0.2 into file (mp4 1920x1080)

    1. 31s
    2. 51s
    3. 1m20s

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