Macbook Pro... do I need the better graphics card??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Surfing@Blacks, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Surfing@Blacks macrumors regular

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    I am getting into film editing on a small scale. I recently got a t2i and will be recording a lot of surf footage and down the road will be doing pictorial videos for a few clothing companies. So I was wondering would I really see a difference between the 13inch models compare to the 2 15" models? I plan on putting a SSD drive into which ever unit I decide on.

    I am asking the community based on the fact that I don't want to spend 2,200 on the high end 15" model, when I would be getting similar results on the low end 13" model.

    Thanks
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What software will you be using? 13" MBP does the job but if you are using something else than iMovie, then getting the low-end 15" should be worth it.
     
  3. toxic macrumors 68000

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    does video editing software even use the GPU, beyond the limited applications for CUDA?
     
  4. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    I think you would benefit from a 15 inch a lot. Just because of the quad core processor, video editing uses can use a lot of power :) I might be mistaken but i thought that that video editing programs like Premiere use OpenGL?? if yes hen you would benefit from the discrete GPU in the 15 inch aswell
     
  5. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    Motion just eats up your GPU. If you're doing heavy video editing, or even remotely serious, 15" is worth it.
     
  6. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

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  7. Surfing@Blacks thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone for the comments..... I will be using Final Cut Express mostly. Might venture to the Pro is I find it beneficial to me over time.
     
  8. ghostlyorb macrumors 6502a

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    The pro is your best choice. Just ordered my fully loaded 15" today!!!! :cool:
     

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