MBP i7 2.2 (early 2011) vs Current iMac 3.4 i7 for FCPx

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by samcraig, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Ok -

    I currently use an early 2.2 i7 MBP (8 gigs ram) for video editing in FCP (not x)

    Was considering using FCPx and at the same time switching to an iMac i7 3.4 (16gigs ram)


    1) just switching software - what would be my productivity gain as far as rendering (both motion files and/or compressor)

    2) what would be rough productivity gain switching to iMac AND FCPx
  2. daybreak macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    If you can afford the upgrade i would say yes. Can only talk about the editing software.
    Did use FCP7 and found it a nightmare to understand. But we all have different ways of picking up the learning curve of a software.
    Using FCP-X and very happy with its simplicity of understanding and using and the waiting period for rendering and importing is a breeze.
    Try FCP-X on 30 day free trial. If you have used iMovie then you should find FCP-X a joy.
    FCP7 is fine but...........not for me.
  3. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    I understand that the new coding in FCPX makes it particularly good at exploiting the multiple cores in the later processors. So you should find a significant increase in performance...
  4. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I believe early 2011 has the quad core i7. At least from my checking. So I think the real difference would be 2.2 vs 3.4?
  5. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    Is your current MBP a 13" or a 15"? With quad core and a dedicated GPU, the 15" should work pretty well, but you'd see a massive difference between the 13" and a new iMac.

  6. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    Pretty much. There are improvements in a few other areas too such as architecture enhancements, cache levels and maintaining peak loads etc.

    The iMac will be a much better option using FCPx
  7. Siderz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    You could just try FCPX on the MBP, if it proves to be slow, then that'll be your que to upgrade to an iMac.

    Either use the 30 day trial for testing on a MBP, or buy it, and buying it won't be a problem if upgrading to an iMac, since the license is attached to your iTunes account and therefore you can install it on any Mac you sign in on (Or at least, any computer you activate with your iTunes account, which I think is 5 at a time).

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