So confused on what I need!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by vn2998, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. vn2998 macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2015
    hello everyone,

    I am sorry if this isn't the right forum to ask this question. I need help deciding what kind of machine I need/want. I recently got a phantom drone and GoPro camera. Shooting in d-log on the drone and equivalent on the GoPro. I need to process the footage (don't know what software I will be using) I have a 2011 MacBook Air that clearly cannot handle this. I feel like a iMac will be best bang for the buck, but no portability. If I buy the new MacBook Pro 15in would that be able to handle my needs? My budget is 2-2.5k.

    Thank you for reading!
  2. ivanwi11iams Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Somewhere on Earth
    To me, if you have decent memory (16GB or more) and decent storage (SSD), and processor, I don't see a problem.
    So the question then becomes on the exact spec you're looking at on the MacBook...
  3. vn2998 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2015
    I was thinking
    • 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    • 16GB 2133MHz memory
    • 512GB PCIe-based SSD
    • Radeon Pro 455 with 2 GB
    • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
    • Touch Bar and Touch ID
    And maybe a thunderbolt exterior hard drive.
  4. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    Software, consider a monthly subscription to adobe premiere?
    Premiere is really a great way to import your footage into a library and cut it up properly, and there's no problems with converting or needing plugins or apps like handbreak to get it the right size and etc, just kinda works.
  5. Firebrand macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2016
    Touch Bar??

    As Floris points out I believe: think software too, not only hardware. Balance the power ;-)

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