How much mac does a videographer need?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by vartian, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. vartian macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
    My brave little dual-core Macbook Pro has finally come to the end of his work lifespan. We started out just doing graphic design, then playing with iMovie and struggling with Final Cut Express. With the upgrade to Final Cut X, it is simply too much for the little guy to handle.

    I like the idea of buying for the future. Ideally, my next computer should last me about five years. It will need to do the following:

    Run Final Cut X. Mostly for news/documentary style heavy effects editing, though I am interested in playing around with Motion.

    Run Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark and Fireworks, usually all at once.

    Play Civilization V with all the graphics turned up so the fog of war isn't an ugly gray block across the screen. :)

    The 12 core is tempting, but I feel like I could easily get away with the 8. I also plan to wait until the new release, as the model has been out for a while.

    Should I suck it up and pay for beefier processor in order to future-proof the rig or am I wasting money on power I don't need? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
  2. BenClement1978 macrumors member


    Sep 10, 2011
    Antwerp Belgium
    I am still using a 2009 2.66 quad core with eight gigs of ram and quite happy with it ;)

    get what you can afford.
  3. Bokes macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    This is an interesting question as I have a 2010 Mac Pro 3.33 6core with 12gigs RAM and a 8TB Caldigit RAID.

    I edited my last 3 edits jobs on site using my Mac Air (current model) with media stored on the local SSD!!

    Both Avid and FCP run super smooth on the Air.
    My Bread and butter gigs are simple edits.
    Mostly events or web promo stuff- a few fancy transitions, some titles- done.

    I have been toying with the idea of selling the Macpro, RAID, etc and getting a small thunderbolt drive. Gigs do not pay like they used to. Why spend so much on the gear? Client doesn't care what you use.

  4. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    The 12 core isn't overkill for what you are asking it to do, if you are going to wait for the next update (looks like it may be next year bc of delays) get at least a 12 core model to last you 5 years, also the current gen 12 core with HD 5870 will do everything you ask it to better than you think!

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