video editing on new retina macs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ygys, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. ygys macrumors member

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    hey guys. Few weeks ago my 2011 15" macbook pro was stolen.
    It was the top of the line macbook and I used it mostly for video editing.
    Final cut pro and adobe premiere were the apps that I used the most.

    Right now I am using my "web machine" 2010 11" macbook air. But for my purposes it is almost unusable

    So I am searching for new computer

    I have to travel a lot so I need a laptop, so no iMac or Mac pro

    screen size is not a dealbreaker since everywhere I go, I have a access to connect my computer to an external monitor.

    I have no idea what is the real world performance of todays computers (since my mbp was 3,5 years old )

    I definitely do not want a computer with dgpu since it was failing in my last one.

    I am sure that I want 16gb of ram

    so my options are

    middle rmp 13" with 16gb Ram (1699$)
    + smaller for traveling
    + longer battery life
    + faster processor when considering one core applications
    + less expensive

    -worse graphics card
    - 2 vs 4 core processor


    my question is if I will choose bto faster processor, is it going to be worth the buck considering the change in the final performance ?

    how many monitors am I able to connect to this computer ?


    base 15" (1999$)
    everything vice versa from the 13" version

    I am not able to update any of the parts because of my budget.


    what would you recommend according to your own personal experience ?
     
  2. GoldfishRT macrumors 6502

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    You'll want the quad for video editing and rendering. Go for the 15".
     
  3. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816

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    The dual core and 8gb is fine for Final Cut Pro in my experience. what kind of video editing are you looking at? Casual or very complicated/long projects?
     
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  5. ygys thread starter macrumors member

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    in my country there is not even an official apple store :D (Slovakia)
    so no refurbished macbook pro for me :-/

    guys and how many monitors can I connect to the 13 rMBP?

    Am I going to feel the difference between 2,6ghz and 2,8ghz i5 ?

    length of the videos varies form 5 minutes to an hour.

    I do not care about rendering speeds because I can let the computer to render things overnight .. only thing that worries me is the overall snappiness while editing .
     
  6. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816

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    Do yourself (or rather your wallet) a favor and go with the stock 13". The 2,6 is very responsive with Final Cut and exporting speeds are very satisfying. A one minute 1080p file takes about 40 seconds exporting to h.264 (single pass), which I find pretty amazing for a dual core chip.

    I expect the difference between the 2,6 and the 2,8 to be negligible in your case, unless you do hours of transcoding before you start your project. Based on your needs, I also don't think you need 16gb purely for video editing.

    As for monitors, I think you can hook up at least 2 displays to it. Not sure about more.
     
  7. Badrottie Suspended

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    MBA 13 in with Haswell based is a perfect solution for your need. It has a best battery when you traveling a lot. And it is cheap than 13 in rMBP. It can handle heavy duty apps like FCPX very well. Good luck. :apple:
     
  8. sevoneone macrumors 6502

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    I will toss my hat in here in support of this. I just recently did a similar trade-off. 2010 15" to a Refurbished Late 2013 rMBP 13" and have not been disappointed so far. It was actually Cloudsurfer's advice that convinced me to go for it. I have yet to encounter anything that runs slower than it did on my 2010 15", everything is the same of faster.

    I find memory management in Mavericks and Yosemite to be very good, especially from what I've experienced with Yosemite on the 13" rMBP. Final Cut X will take all the RAM it can get, but it works very happily with a system with 8GB of RAM.
     

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