Is the 13'' MBP up to video editing

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Splutterbug, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Splutterbug macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2005
    I posted a couple of days ago with problems with my Macboo Pro screen and it's now officially died and it's upgrade time so as it's a bit unexpected I was hoping for a little help.

    My options are really the 13 or 15 Macbook Pro, I'll be using a little photoshop, a little FCP (mostly shorts and showreels) with 1080p footage from a Canon 550D. Majority of use will be word processors, surfing the web, converting some video, what I guess you'd call home use. My last machine lasted about 4.5 years and I'd be looking to get the same out of this so from a future proof point of view is the 13'' too underpowered? I was particularly worried about it being dual and not quad core and the graphics card

    btw my reasons for being torn between these two aren't portability but budget
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    The MacBook Pro is well suited for video editing, hence the Pro tag on the model.;)
  3. kahkityoong macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    The bottom of the current MBP range (13") beats the top of the previous range (17") in benchmark tests so I would say the 13" is up to the job. Make sure you upgrade to 8GB RAM.
  4. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    The 15" with the higher resolution option would be your best bet. The quad-core and graphics card will be important, especially if you use Final Cut Pro X which can take advantage of the extra cores and processing power.
  5. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    It works pretty well but make sure, as the above poster told you, to upgrade to 8GB RAM for optimal performance.

    MacBook Pro is great for video editing. But Final Cut Pro X... :rolleyes:
  6. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Photo and video editing is probably one of the few things that scales linearly with CPU power. I think you should go for the quad-core here, even the base model, should you want your system to last a few years.

    As far as budgets go, I feel it's better to wait longer and save for a better system that better suits your needs than to set a strict budget and "hope for the best".
  7. Splutterbug thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2005
    Thanks guys, usually I'd wait and save but with my current one on it's last legs the sooner the better for me, nice to know the 13'' seems more than capable. I think I'll take the wife to a store at the weekend and we can try them both out and see which we prefer in terms of both screen size and speed :)
  8. windowstomac macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    I adore my 13.3" MBP but for video has no dedicated graphics card, and the screen resolution is pretty low....perhaps save for the 15"
  9. Splutterbug thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2005
    You've all convinced me, just put an order in for a 15 on Amazon which was about 10% cheaper than the Apple store!

    I have a time machine backup of my other laptop so now it's a case of do I just start from scratch and re-install programmes manually on the new clean machine or do some kind of restore from Time Machine? I'm tempted to try to start from scratch and only copy across what I really need and make it all a bit more stream lined, I could always restore if it feels like a bit too much work. Is it advised to stick with the clean install or does it not really make a difference?
  10. davmcn macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    What's your budget for your computer.

    Honestly the i5 in the MBP 13' is going to be more than capable of doing FCP and photoshop, but if your worried, go for the 15' base model, it has a decent graphics card and has a quad in it. Best of luck

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