New iMac? New Macbook Pro? Video Editing and Daily Work

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lindmar, May 14, 2019.

  1. lindmar macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2003
    I'm looking for some advice.

    I'm currently doing more video editing. I'm shooting short videos in 4K but I edit on a 1080p timeline. For the most part both of my machines can handle things, sluggish at times, but can waddle through it. I.E. Things are fine with short videos + luts, gets a bit slow when I add titles, multiple layers etc.

    My current machines:

    Macbook Pro Early 2015 2.7 Core i5 with 8GB Ram
    27" iMac Mid 2011 2.7GB with 16GB Ram

    Both machines are older, but both run fine.

    My work is split 50/50 between on the road and at home. I prefer to edit at home, but editing on the road would be nice too.

    I tried a MBP with Touchbar this year and hated it. I returned it.

    So, my questions:

    1) Do I get a new 2019 iMac and load up the ram? Keep my current Macbook.
    2) A new macbook of some sort + external monitor.
    3) Keep both and wait to see what Apple comes out with this year.
    4) Other option?

    Both these machines have been absolutely incredible, and as I said, they're both running fine. What is going to get me another 5 years?

    Thanks for your input and suggestions!
  2. shaunp macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2010
    What are you editing in? FC or Adobe? Or something else?
  3. evilmurries macrumors newbie


    Mar 29, 2019
    Bay Area, CA
    WWDC is in a couple weeks so I recommend waiting if possible just in case there are any genuine surprises. That being said, I would direct you to the iMac simply because

    Your mbp is much more modern so you can keep it as your "on the go."
  4. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    Like me, you seem to have suboptimal portable and desktop systems. Your MBP is certainly short of memory for any of the major NLEs. And you dod;t mention what graphics capabilities it has.
    The iMac is probably too resource-poor for 4K anything..

    A new iMac (5K, base memory and 2TB Fusion) is a good start. Load it up with 32GB of 3rd party memory. Only you know if your MBP will work for you. And perhaps you can change your workflow to optimized.

    But more info on your NLE and workflow would be helpful.
  5. MSastre macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2014
    If you are doing video work you'd be better off getting an SSD in the iMac, then adding an external drive for the extra storage space needed, than going with a Fusion drive.

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