Editing 4k video on MBP Early 2011

pjny

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Feb 18, 2010
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Hi,

I have a MB Pro 13" Early 2011 2.3 GHZ i5 with 16gb mem and 256GB Samsung 830 SSD and a secondary 120GB replacement drive on the DVD dock.

I was testing Panasonic GH4 4k video (MOV file) on Final Cut 10.1.1 and even though the one file was the only one on the timeline the video stuttered on playback.

Is the MBPro too old? Or is there a way to have the 4k video play without stuttering? I heard on Adobe Premier you can lower the size of the 4k video in the window and it plays back properly.

Thanks.
 

yjchua95

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Apr 23, 2011
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Hi,

I have a MB Pro 13" Early 2011 2.3 GHZ i5 with 16gb mem and 256GB Samsung 830 SSD and a secondary 120GB replacement drive on the DVD dock.

I was testing Panasonic GH4 4k video (MOV file) on Final Cut 10.1.1 and even though the one file was the only one on the timeline the video stuttered on playback.

Is the MBPro too old? Or is there a way to have the 4k video play without stuttering? I heard on Adobe Premier you can lower the size of the 4k video in the window and it plays back properly.

Thanks.
4K video will simply struggle if the hard drive can't read it fast enough, or if the GPU can't render it fast enough, afaik.
 

ACiB708

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Apr 6, 2008
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Hi,

I have a MB Pro 13" Early 2011 2.3 GHZ i5 with 16gb mem and 256GB Samsung 830 SSD and a secondary 120GB replacement drive on the DVD dock.

I was testing Panasonic GH4 4k video (MOV file) on Final Cut 10.1.1 and even though the one file was the only one on the timeline the video stuttered on playback.

Is the MBPro too old? Or is there a way to have the 4k video play without stuttering? I heard on Adobe Premier you can lower the size of the 4k video in the window and it plays back properly.

Thanks.
Lowering the window size will not do any good, as you're still processing the same video. Your computer simply cannot handle that video, as the above user said, your SSD and GPU have to be able to handle it. You could use some encoding tool such as Handbrake to encode the video to a lower resolution (which would take a long time), but then you'd effectively be editing a non 4k video.
 

merlpebtall

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Jun 22, 2014
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agree,Your computer simply cannot handle that video, as the above user said, your SSD and GPU have to be able to handle it.thanks
 

MCAsan

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Congrats on the GH4! Excellent M43 camera. I shoot the Oly EM1.

Now is the time to step up your Mac to match the GH4. Get a quad core rMBP with TB2, 16MB, dedicated GPU, and 1TB SSD.

Watch this fall to see if Apple releases a Retina Thunderbolt Display or support for more 4K monitors.
 

Cloudsurfer

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agree,Your computer simply cannot handle that video, as the above user said, your SSD and GPU have to be able to handle it.thanks Image
I don't know about Premiere but FCPX can generate proxy files, which are essentially low quality files of the originals for use during editing. The edits you make in the proxy files are also applied to the original files, so your export will be full quality.

I use it on my 2010 MBP which cannot even fluently edit 1080p footage. It's a nice temporary solution if you're still saving up for new hardware.
 
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