MacBook Pro questions

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by UglyLittleSpud, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. UglyLittleSpud macrumors member

    May 31, 2009
    I'm looking to get a new 15'' MacBook Pro as soon as they are updated, so I'm in no hurry to get one right now. What I need to know is, how suitable would this be for editing a feature length HDV/AVCHD movie? I know something like an iMac would be preferably due to screen size etc, but honestly I prefer notebooks. Has anyone ever done this? Editing a big project like a feature on an MBP?
  2. anthemus macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2009
    Yes, actually on the road I use a MacBook Unibody with a 64 SSD drive with 4GB of ram. SSD give me quick access to run programs and get ever bit of power I can. Externally I use a USB OWC RAID. USB isn't the quickest but for HDV and AVCHD it can work.

    I work mostly with AVCHD it provides me to log and capture footage. For those extra long flights I can get a rough cut done.

    The MBP your looking at has firewire 800. This will have a greater advantage over USB and speeds that you can easily edit with.

    You may want to get a second monitor to view your footage. Since your computer screen is not full resolution, you'll want this to screen the footage while editing.

    Opt for 4GB of ram, optimize where you can.
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    It can be done, but the 1440x900 display might be a little bit small for this task, the 17" model with 1920x1200 (24" iMac resolution) would be much better suited.

    HDV/AVCHD would be no problem, if you have a fast external FW800 HDD and converted the footage to ProRes during capture (if you edit with FCP).
    If you use Avid, there is the DNxHD codec for such tasks.
  4. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    First of all, let's define what you mean by full length feature film? If you mean a movie like Titanic or Sicko, you will need massive external HD storage devices. HD (1080) consumes alot of HD space. If you want to shoot and edit in uncompressed HD format, you will require a Mac with at least 32gb of ram, and many many terabytes of storage capability, as well as other peripherals. All consumer camcorders shoot in compressed mode. The quality is good but not great. For this format, any Macbook Pro/iMac will do very well. At the end of the day, it all depends on your market. Are you shooting for theatre distribution or something in house?
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The ergonomics of editing on a laptop would make me want to kill myself. If you have it hooked up to a decent sized external display, keyboard and mouse it would be fine, but of course that kills the portability somewhat.

    It depends on the codec used. HDV consumers the same amount of space as DV.

    At least 32gigs of RAM? Not really. As long as you have fast enough HDDs you can edit uncompressed HD on something as lowly as a MDD G4 tower.

    Almost every camera (be it consumer, prosumer or pro) shoots compressed and the quality depends on the camera and the codec.

  6. TH3D4RKKN1GH7 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    It's not ideal but I wouldn't say its impossible. My biggest issue with using these laptops for editing is rendering times. Something like a Mac Pro or even a Quad Core iMac is much more logical.
  7. Sonicjay macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    You're not kidding.. I decided to sell my Mac Pro this week and try to use just my 13" MBP as my main computer. Capture/editing was fine, but omg did it choke when it was time to export to MPG2 via compressor, and then mux in DVDSP when it was time to make the disc.. I honestly can't believe how slow it was.. painfully slow.. My MP is a quad core 2.66ghz, with 5GB RAM; the 13" MBP is a 2.26ghz with 4GB RAM. I was exporting from an external drive to an external drive, not using the internal.
  8. xStep macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2003
    Less lost in L.A.
    As I understand it, Final Cut Pro can only use less than 4GB. So that extra RAM would only give you advantage if you have multiple applications open and another boost if they can also access more RAM.
  9. Dale Campbell macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2009
    I frequently Edit HD footage from a xacti HD2000 on my MBP 15" 2.8

    To the guy who suggested hooking to an external monitor & keyboard kills the portability WTF?

    Its not like the dude is going to edit walking all over the place. I edit with a 24" Cinema display keyboard and a Wacom, but love having the MBP as I can edit anywhere and also take my whole editing system in a backpack. OK I won't have the big screen if I am away from home but I can edit on the built in display without too much trouble.

    If you get a firewire external and a 1080p or above monitor then you have an awesome and if needs be portable editing system.
  10. davebquinn macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2002

    i'm thinking of buying an HD2000, would i be able to watch what i film on it on my macbook pro 2.33 intel core 2 duo without any problems? i also have a g5 2.5 dual?

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