Macbook Pro: HD video & photography?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nickmehn, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. nickmehn macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2012
    I have a Macbook Pro that I purchased about a year and a half ago. I'm starting to get into doing HD video and photography and I just purchased an expensive DSLR camera. I tried doing the trial of Adobe Premiere and editing video, but it was very slow.

    I was wondering if my computer is fast enough (or good enough, really) to edit HD video really well. Also, if it is not, what can I do to improve it or make it so that it can handle it all?

    Here are my specs
    Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB

    Thank you!
  2. eviltotoro macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2012
    Tokyo, Japan
    There are few things you can do to boost your performance. The first thing is the type of video format yu are using. Most DSLR's cameras use either AVCHD or another mp4 packaged codec, these formats don't play too nice with non-linear editors unless you have a pretty fast machine. So to get around this you can transcode the video files into AIC or apple proRes They are much bigger in terms of file size, but edit much better.

    I was in the same boat as you, I had a uMBP 2.8 ghz core 2 duo, with 8 gbs of ram, but editing avchd in premiere cs5 was not fun. My current rMBP does a much better job at editing those formats, but its still not as good as using a more editor friendly format.

    There are a couple of programs out there that can transcode your formts, Final Cut Pro 7 has one built in.

    Hope that helps.
  3. TurdFerguson macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    You could make some hardware improvements easily. Find out what the maximum RAM is for your Mac and upgrade that first. It should be less than $100, for me it was $33. You could also look at getting a smaller solid state hard drive, and removing the optical drive to make room for a 2nd larger disk drive.

    My MacBook Pro might be the same as yours. Mid 2010 13" 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. I upgraded it myself to:
    8gb Ram
    240gb Solid State Drive

    750gb 7200rpm Hard Drive in the Optical drive bay.

    I do Photo/Video work also, before I made these upgrades it was painfully slow. Too slow to be productive.
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Maybe this can shed some light:

    Video Compression
    Why It Matters & How To Make The Most Of It

    I have a 2009 MBP which can edit 1080p footage quite fine, from a 5D Mk II and from a 650D, but I also have my footage transcoded to a proper editing format.
  5. nickmehn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2012
    So after these upgrades, your video/photo editing is no longer lagging at all? Thanks for all the info! Are there any cons of doing this at all?
  6. nickmehn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2012
    Thank you so much for this! It actually helped out a lot!
  7. NazgulRR macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2010
    I am curious about this as well! I am using the same machine which I have already upgraded to 8GB ram, but still with slow stock hdd. Also, what software do you use for editing video?
  8. TurdFerguson macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    Just saw these replies! sorry.

    I use FCPX, Motion, AE, Technicolor Color Assist and FX factory. (FXfactory sucks with FCPX 10.0.8)

    I wouldn't say It doesn't lag at all, but it's much faster. Make sure to do the most of your editing with proxy media! The only con I've experienced is not having an optical drive! It's ok though. I put my superdrive in an external enclosure. I bought some usb flash drives and had them engraved with my intials. If I ever want to burn something on the fly, I'll put whatever I want to share on the USB drive and most of the time they load it on their computer and hand it back. Sometimes I'll let someone take it home if they have to.

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