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TheWorstBaptist

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Im looking for opinion on a new Macbook Pro. I am moving to a position in which Ill be producing videos (fairly simple ones) for announcements and random things, not cinema-like productions. In fact everything Im doing right now is iMovie HD on a 2013 Pro, and I doubt I would ever learn FinalCut. I will also be using it for streaming services live, but thats less important. So my question....are these spec sufficient for creating movies and graphics? Its a stock model with no "upgrades". I honestly don't know anything about the processors and why they matter? I get storage though (I will be storing all files on an external drive).

Thanks for any opinions.

13‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
  • 13-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Backlit Magic Keyboard - US English
 

dwfaust

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Im looking for opinion on a new Macbook Pro. I am moving to a position in which Ill be producing videos (fairly simple ones) for announcements and random things, not cinema-like productions. In fact everything Im doing right now is iMovie HD on a 2013 Pro, and I doubt I would ever learn FinalCut. I will also be using it for streaming services live, but thats less important. So my question....are these spec sufficient for creating movies and graphics? Its a stock model with no "upgrades". I honestly don't know anything about the processors and why they matter? I get storage though (I will be storing all files on an external drive).

Thanks for any opinions.

13‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
  • 13-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Backlit Magic Keyboard - US English

I do similar work for my church ... with the addition of editing some longer videos of services, and other events... I am currently doing the job in Final Cut Pro X. The machine that I use is a 2018 Mac Mini with a 3.0 GHz 6-core Core i5 processor with 16 GB RAM and a 1TB SSD. It does the job really well, with no problem... I suspect that the machine that you are asking about will do the job.

The processor specs are important - they determine how fast (or slow) a process can be completed... again, the machine that you are proposing should handle the work you describe without straining. The 512 GB SSD could be a bit tight, as video processing/rendering, etc can create some large work files... but a fast external SSD will also help in that regard.

As far as streaming goes, we stream using a BlackMagic Design ATEM switcher that outputs to a syndications service to feed YouTube Events and Facebook Live, so our Mini setup does not factor into our streaming solution.
 
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TheWorstBaptist

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I do similar work for my church ... with the addition of editing some longer videos of services, and other events... I am currently doing the job in Final Cut Pro X. The machine that I use is an 2018 Mac Mini with a 3.0 GHz 6-core Core i5 processor with 16 GB RAM and a 1TB SSD. It does the job really well, with no problem... I suspect that the machine that you are asking about will do the job.

The processor specs are important - they determine how fast (or slow) a process can be completed... again, the machine that you are proposing should handle the work you describe without straining. The 512 GB SSD could be a bit tight, as video processing/rendering, etc can create some large work files... but a fast external SSD will also help in that regard.

As far as streaming goes, we stream using a BlackMagic Design ATEM switcher that outputs to a syndications service to feed YouTube Events and Facebook Live, so our Mini setup does not factor into our streaming solution.

Thank you very much. I may bump up the storage just to be safe.
 
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I don’t do the streaming, but I do the editing. You want at least 1tb to grow into, I’d think. I splurged and got the 2019 16” MBP, and I’ve been very happy with it.
 
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Erehy Dobon

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It's worth pointing out that many YouTubers have been shooting, editing, and publishing 4K video from their phones for years.

For mundane, short form clips, I figure a $500 Windows notebook running freeware Shotcut will be more than enough. No reason to pay for a $2000 notebook computer. Or your phone.

And if you were watching today's announcement from Apple, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will shoot/edit/publish Dolby Vision HDR (at 4K@60Hz).
 
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