Is the new MacBook Air powerful enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gdeusthewhizkid, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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    hi guys,

    I have a iPad Pro 10.5 but I’m also thinking of picking up a MacBook Air for Final Cut Pro editing and some photoshop editing... are any photographers or videographers using the iPad Pro and MacBook Air as a editing combo?
     
  2. dagored macrumors 65816

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    No video, but I am running Affinity Photo an their beta Publisher without any problems.

    Publisher will open my InDesign files if exported as pdf. They can then be easily worked on.

    Love this machine and I have the brightness down two notches. I think some people got defective screens
     
  3. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are you running it on a iPad or MacBook Air ?
     
  4. dagored macrumors 65816

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  5. anonymous161 macrumors 6502

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    Can you get a much better price on the air vs a pro? Because for similar money, or even a little more, the mb pro is a much better machine for photoshop and final cut. No question.
     
  6. friedkimchi macrumors regular

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    The touchbar is a turn off for many.
     
  7. AlexJoda macrumors 6502a

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    I think he means the Pro without touchbar. That one competes directly against the MBA....
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    The CPU/GPU from the new MBA does not fit to that amount of RAM. If you need the RAM for example to open up many tasks at the same time the CPU should also be powerful enough. The MBP is the better choice in that case and the one without touchbar did not even cost more.....
     
  8. dagored macrumors 65816

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    With that configuration it does and I need the space, the RAM was a bonus covered mostly by my discount.

    Like I said, covers MY needs and runs great.
     
  9. Jimmy James macrumors 601

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    I don’t think lots of ram is a poor fit with a lower voltage processor. If anything, it reduces the need to reload software and therefore, cpu load. A single cpu intensive task is a much poorer fit.
     
  10. AlexJoda macrumors 6502a

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    From my experience with with heavy multitasking systems there is a direct correlation between RAM and CPU cores/performance. If you have a week CPU/few cores with lots of RAM the CPU brings your system down before the RAM is used up. So you need to balance these factors carefully....
     
  11. Vandam500 macrumors 68000

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    I've had it for a few days and don't see any performance issues. It's pretty damn smooth at everything I've tried to do.
     
  12. Deanster macrumors regular

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    It all depends on what kind of video you're working with and how often.

    If it's occasional 1080p video editing, the 2018 MBA will do the job, no problem. Photoshop is also fine, unless you're using crazy large/heavy files, in which case you already know you need a high-end laptop.

    If it's occasional 4K video editing or you're working with very short videos regularly, it'll do it, just a bit slowly when it comes to rendering/compressing. It's about half as fast as a current Pro for this kind of work, but if it's just a couple times a week, the difference between 10 minutes and 20 won't change your life.

    If you're doing 4K video editing regularly, the Pro is the only sane choice, and even then you really want a 15" with the high-end GPU or a desktop, because even moderate 4K video editing will suck down all the cycles you throw at it and still be frustratingly slow, unless you have workstation-level power.

    Long story short, if it's mostly a web/office/mail machine that needs to do a bit of video/photoshop on the side, the MBA is a fine choice. If you're looking for a machine that will be doing video work more than a couple hours a week, you'll want the Pro for sure.
     
  13. kreasonos macrumors 6502

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    Get a macbook pro for editing.
     

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