Freelance Video Editor/Designer: MBP or iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mac4Life88, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Mac4Life88 macrumors newbie

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    Here's my situation:

    I'm a recent graduate who entered the freelance media world 1 year ago. I am starting to get into video editing/motion graphic design doing short term projects for several companies. I currently own a 5 year old Powerbook G4 17" and am desperately in need of a new Mac. Here is what I'm considering:

    Top of the line iMac 27" upgraded to an i7 and 8 gig ram.

    Top of the line Macbook Pro 17" inch i5, upgraded to 7200rpm HD, anti-glare display.

    I will be getting education pricing from a family member. Both systems above price about $5-10 dollars apart. Obviously the iMac is more powerful, and a better value. However, the MBP attracts me because of the anti-glare screen and the fact that in the future a freelance gig might require me to bring my computer to the office to do work.

    For other video editor/motion graphic freelancers out there: what system do you recommend me getting? This post is more of a career related choice, over a price/value related choice. I am open to everyone's opinions as well.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The power of iMac is very nice for video editing and other intensive tasks, let alone the enormous display. So, if portability isn't THAT big need, I would get the iMac. If it is and you can't afford a new laptop anytime soon, then MBP may be your only choice.
     
  3. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    If you need portability definitely MacBook Pro. Both will handle your needs quite well but obviously the iMac is a bit better.

    The Pro is probably the safer choice considering your potential future situations.
     
  4. Baycon macrumors member

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    I would say that the iMac is not just a *bit* better, but quite a whole world of difference. the iMac i7 is a quadcore (8 with hyperthreading) and the MBP is a dual core. For most people this won't make a huge difference...but in your situation, I would say it will.
     
  5. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    You can get the MBP in i5 or i7
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    But they are still dual core thus iMac is over twice as fast
     
  7. Ride9650 macrumors 6502

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    Definitely MPB. Portability is always a big plus.

    But do yourself a favor and get the ram elsewhere, you're gonna be seriously overpaying if you go with apple.
     
  8. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    oh wow i didnt even notice that :confused:
     
  9. Mac4Life88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright. Thanks everyone for your advice. I think I'm going to buy a refurb iMac 27 inch i7, and then upgrade the ram from http://eshop.macsales.com/ Doing this I'm getting the best overall machine and saving over $400 dollars. Sure, I might miss out having the portability, but the power of this machine is worth it.
     

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