MacBook Pro or iMac for film editing

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macman7002, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. macman7002 macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2008

    I need help deciding what Mac to get as my iBook G3 is not keeping up.

    I am going into 9th grade next year and I plan to do a lot with a new Mac. I plan on using Safari, Mail, iLife, iWork, iTunes, Final Cut Studio, and Adobe CS3 (the one with After Effects and such.)

    The two Macs I am considering are:

    MacBook Pro
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB memory
    200GB hard drive
    Double-layer SuperDrive
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB


    2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive1
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

    My question is: with what Mac would I get the best performance for what I want to do? Price isn't an issue between these two models, nor is screen size. The only issue is performance of Final Cut Studio and Adobe CS3.
    Thanks for your help!
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    i have a better question, as a 14 year old where the heck did you get that kinda money?

    and either machine is fine, the imac will be a little faster, but if you want a laptop go with the MBP you wont notice much difference
  3. macman7002 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2008
    Okay, money- birthdays, and such.

    And how much master will the iMac be? And if I do go MacBook Pro, where will I notice the speed difference the most? And will the MBP keep up with what I want to do?
    Thanks again!
  4. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    The iMac would be your safest bet for speed but if portability matters than go with the MacBook Pro - either way you'll get a great machine
  5. surferfromuk macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2007
    Performance differences won't be a big issue - the MBP is plenty fast enough for editing - the massive screen on the iMac might be a bigger issue..

    That said you can't ever take your iMac to school or to your friends house...though that may not always be a bad thing...

    MBP is handy to move around the house too, use in bed etc...
  6. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    The iMac is faster, and the graphics card is better for this type of work.
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The processor on the iMac is faster for video editing, but getting a Macbook Pro is advantageous because it's portable and it's not that much slower. I'd go for the MBP.
  8. bushbaby macrumors 6502a


    Aug 12, 2007
    I've done a little video editing (although not lately). I'd go for the MBP because of the portability. I also think they're more desirable for video editing than the IMac (editors prefer the MPro) as they can work in the field, so resale opportunities are better when you're ready to move up.
  9. burningrave101 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    The MBP will be portable and not much difference in speed between it and the iMac but the selling point for me would be whether or not you want a 24" iMac screen to do your film editing on instead of doing it on a 15.4" laptop screen. I do mostly photo editing on my MBP and i always do the work on a larger external LCD. For me the 15.4" is too small and not accurate enough with colors to do good work.
  10. Fenir macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    I would as well go with the MBP for the mobility
  11. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Moorestown, NJ
    I say go with the iMac, it will give you more power, and bigger screen which will be better for film edits in particular, at a significantly cheaper machine. That's assuming portability is a nonissue. As a high schooler, i saw little use for a notebook, so pouring money into one doesn't seem that valuable. College is of course a different story, but you've got 4 years for that.
  12. tocyk macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2008
    If you plan to buy another computer when you go to college, I suggest the iMac. The MBP is less in probably every spec to the iMac.
  13. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    There may be a point (there was for me) where you will Wish you had a Macbook Pro so you can film on location straight to a hard drive without spending rediculous amounts on a fire store. I know a few Avid apps support this, as well as Adobes "OnLocation", in bootcamp of course.

    Just something to think about. It is rather lucrative if your clients are looking for somehthing simple and you have a bit of spare time.
  14. 6mt15 macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
    I know when I was in grade nine, all my clients were looking for that little bit extra! haha

    Anyway, I would say go with the MBP. The iMac will be a bit faster, but at the cost of your portability, and lets be honest, you're in grade 9, you are going to want to show off your shiny new MBP to all your friends at school, and the portability lets you go and game at a friends house...or video edit, if thats what floats your boat. Just my 2 cents.

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