Can the MacBook pro edit 4k video?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vapourtrails, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. vapourtrails macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2016
    I've read at least one review that claims the new 13" MacBook pro "stutters" when editing 4K video. Has anyone tried that yet? Can your MacBook pro edit 4k video?
  2. dk808 macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2015
  3. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    My mid-2012 maxed-out 15" MBP, can edit full-frame 4K 60fps video. The new MBP can certainly handle it too.
  4. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    My regular day to day workflow involves cutting and delivering 4K XAVC-S 100mbit footage from the Sony A7S II. I've done it on my Late 2013 in Premiere for quite awhile and its not perfect but very, very doable as long as you're light on clip effects and apply LUTs/color later in the process.

    My first day with the 2.9ghz/Pro 460 equipped Touch Bar MBP gave me noticeably better timeline performance in Premiere, but exports aren't much faster. FCPX preliminarily is showing me some pretty blazing fast speeds taking clips in and encoding them as a test, but I need some more time with it.

    I wouldn't try doing this on a 13". The dual-core CPU and lack of GPU grunt is going to show big time.
  5. 3568378 Suspended


    Dec 30, 2015
    Orlando, FL
    Final Cut does really well with the AMD video cards - same was true for the 2015's (my machine). I'm not against Premier, and I used After Effects some, but FCPX is definitely tuned for the MacBook Pro.
  6. jjjoseph macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2013
    When I get asked this question, I say what kind of 4k? 4k usually just represents a vertical and horizontal resolution. Their are other factors involved, First is bandwidth of media(how many MB/s), type of codec(some have inter frame compression which requires more GPU/CPU), and then your vertical and horizontal resolution(your 4k). All these factors would determine what kind of machine you would need to edit.

    From their you would need to determine what your shooting, say a CODEC needs transcoding, well you could transcode into a format that is faster or more optimized on your machine. Then if your going to do effects, cg or anything else, which may require a certain level GPU and CPUs to be efficient.

    If you just getting a laptop to have fun, get which ever you think is the coolest or looks the best..
  7. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040


    Jul 4, 2015
    Even 2010 computers can with a good SSD, especially on Windows

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