buying my first mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by utl768, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. utl768 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2009
    im a longtime pc user but being that im trying to get into the video production field, i feel a mac is a much better way to go on my new computer

    right now im really choosing between a mac mini, a 13 inch macbook, and a 13 inch macbook pro.

    im leaning towards the 13 inch macbook right now because i dont see much of a difference besides a little speed upgrade in the macbook to the pro.

    also im not sure if any of these machines have it but a firewire port is a must for me
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    You will love the aluminum and the beautiful trackpad and screen. Go with the pro. I have the silver macbook, and it's great.
  3. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    All have firewire(except the 1st gen unibody(alumnium) macbook).
    The mini is good unless you're doing motion or after effects heavily, the 4gb limit may hinder you. The mb and mbp have 8gb limit. The more ram, the better for these.
  4. NathanCH macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
    You really wont want to use a Mac Mini for video editing. So scratch the Mac Mini out of the question. I realize they have the same graphics chips as the macbook, but the Mini will also have to power the screen you buy for it, chances are it will be a 20" at least.

    Go with Macbook Pro with 4GB of ram but order the ram from another place.
  5. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    base iMac surely? mac mini's and base laptops are not high up in my list for a video editing machine

    also...if this were not your first mac, i would strongly recommend going refurb (they're exactly the same, just not in a shiny box)
  6. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    i wouldn't get the 20" iMac for video editing. I believe the screen on the 20" is far inferior to the 24" iMac, plus there is alot more real estate on that monster!
  7. lrvv macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
  8. jjhoekstra macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2009
    The mini is fine

    I have 3 minis, a 20" iMac and a MacPro at home (3 kids, a wife and my video-edit station), they are all 2009 models. My conclusion personally is that for non-professional video-editing the mini is more than enough. It is a bit slower, BUT only a bit. The 4 Gb limit is no problem, contrary to popular believe, FCP does not need a lot of memory, and is is very green using only 22 watts or so. The large Apples are only better if you are willing to invest a lot of time and effort in Qmaster settings to get the most out of the many cores. If you need more screen-space, just add a second monitor.
  9. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    Both should be fine as long you stick to light editing work. For professional aspirations, I would recommend neither. Then go for models with discrete GPU, at least.
  10. borntomac448 macrumors newbie


    Mar 11, 2009
    Macbook Pro 15

    You will never look back if you go with the macbook pro. I have had a bunch of different laptops and desktops and this new unibody design is fantastic. It is the perfect marriage between functionality and design.
  11. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I pretty much agree with that assessment. Go for the pro; I have a 15" MBP also and it is easily the best computer I have ever owned; it is a powerful machine with an excellent screen and is portable, too.

    Cheers and good luck
  12. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    Out of those 3, definitely go for the Macbook Pro. Firstly because it is the fastest machine out of the 3, and speed is important for video editing and secondly, the design is excellent! If portability isn't important to you, then maybe you should consider the 24" iMac. It's faster than the MBP and the extra screen real estate could be useful! [​IMG]

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