s Macbook Pro 13" 2.6GHz Retina (Late 2013) powerful for editing videos on FCPX?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aris1992, May 12, 2014.

  1. aris1992 macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone! I am a new member here and I need your opinion and advices about the newest rMbp 13".

    I am seriously considering to upgrade (soon!) my current 2010 Macbook Pro to a newer model with Retina display. And I actually I was thinking about the 13" 2.6GHz Retina model, since I am a multimedia student I edit a lot of pictures and videos on Photoshop and Final Cut Pro x on my iMac. FCPX sometimes acts up laggy and slow but that depends what I am working on. Does the rMpb 13" can held editing and rendering on Final Cut Pro? Or I should be patient and save bit more and go for rMbp 15" 2.0GH?

    Thank you!
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    You should go for at least a 15" rMBP with 2.3GHz i7, 16GB RAM and 2GB 750M. The dGPU makes all the difference, along with 16GB of RAM.
     
  3. aris1992 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ow that means I gotta save money for extra months.
     
  4. theunderseaclub macrumors newbie

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    I just bought the 13" 2.6ghz 16GB Retina, but i definitely don't plan on using it with FCPX or Final Cut Studio, although I'll install FCS (FCP, Compressor and Motion) on it probably.

    You need a dedicated graphics card for FCPX, and of course quad core for best performance.

    I'm getting the 13" Retina to replace my 2008 MBP as my travel/bring everywhere laptop, but I have my 3.33ghz Hex Core Mac Pro for my video/photo work.

    I think the 13" retina should be okay with design/photo work, but for video, you need a more powerful laptop, and don't forget to get a fast external disk (thunderbolt HD) for your scratch disk!

    So like the poster above said, get a quad core (processor speed isn't overly important), and as much ram as you can get(at least 16gb). Save the rest of the money for a thunderbolt drive for your scratch disk.
     

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