Video Editing on the 2012 MBP

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by MacBookProzak, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. MacBookProzak macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2011
    I had shared this experience in another part of the forum, and thought that I should also share it with the video editors specifically out there.

    Last night I walked into the Apple store and asked to see a business specialist and then told them what I wanted. He said that they had a few of the various new MBP, but no retina ones. I was very interested in the new Ivy Bridge to get the performance boost that Apple said I would get for video editing since this is all I do primarily with my previous 2011 MBP. The retina version was of no interest to me since I use a MBP as a MacPro replacement and hook it into external monitors.

    My experience is this and I preface it by saying it is my experience on how this is performing. This morning was my first run on this new 2012. I had a video project that I was working on last night and was gonna output on my previous 2011 MPB 2.3ghz that had 16GB of ram in it and it was gonna take 2 1/2 hours to output and so I decided that I did not want to hang out at work for that long so I split. So this morning after spending last night getting all of my applications transferred over I fired up the new 2012 MBP and proceeded to output the video from last night. Well the exact same video with this new machine output this video in 1 hour and 45 minutes. The other thing I am noticing on the new machine (using FCPX) is that I can more smoothly scrubb through the footage in my time time and just bounce with not event the slightest hesitation that I got prior with my previous 2011 MBP.

    Today I plan to update the ram to a full 16GB and put the newest Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid hard drive in. From there it will be interesting to see what this machine will do then.

    There you go, that is my early report on the new 2012 MBP.

    The specs in my signature is what model I got.
  2. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    Very nice! (drool) Keep us posted with performance benchmarks like that.
  3. musique macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    That sounds like a great performance increase. I'm in the market for a new laptop. (My original Intel MBP's logic board died a few months back. :( )

    Question: I understand that the memory in the new MBPwRD is hard-wired so you buy 8 or 16GB, period. But for the new MBP can you increase the memory to 16GB?
  4. MacBookProzak thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2011
    Yes, the non-retina 2012 MBP you can easily upgrade to 16GB of RAM and if they ever come out with single 16GB ships, you will be able to upgrade to 32GB.

    This is what I got and I am stoked on it:
    2012 15" MacBookPro 9,1 - 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 - Memory: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 - Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB - High-Resolution 1680x1050 Anti-Glare Display
    *** I just added the Seagate Momentus 750GB hybrid hard drive that has 8GB of SSD in it. This replaced the stock hard drive that came in it.... wow, what an improvement.
  5. that1guyy macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2011
    Interesting. I'm more curious about performance of After Effects and FCPX on the retina models so if anyone has experiences with that post it here I hguess.

    I'm also curious about the heat performance and the fan noise on those.

    Also, there is an hdmi input on the new retina macs. Just use that to connect to a monitor.
  6. MacBookProzak thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2011
    *** Another progress update

    Once again I am very stoked to update my signature line that I now have a full 16GB on board. The RAM I got was the Corsair - Vengeance 2-Pack 16GB 1.6GHz DDR3. I paid all of $129 (who remembers when 16GB was $1200 when it first came out)

    Been running all kinds of stuff and my MBP is screaming fast. No beach balls, everything is running well. This is as good as it gets for a video editor. I certainly am getting a bigger boost of performance out of the 2012 vs my previous 2011 -in a video editing scenario using FCPX.

    So for the moment I am done with upgrades and it is time to put this machine to some work which is usually 12 to 14 hour days. Next upgrades will be a 100% solid state drive when the prices come way down and hopefully bumping the RAM to 32GB if it ever becomes available and the price is affordable.

    Hope my experience can help someone in their decision process in either getting this machine or getting something else.
  7. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011

    The prices have come down quite a bit already, you might want to look at these...

    Since most of your media data should be external, on a thunderbolt drive/raid, if you buy enough internal memory for a system drive with SSD you don't lose performance until you're near 90 percent full, so smart management means you can get away with smaller drives. I don't think I would put bigger than 240s or 240 raid in my MBP 17" i7.

    - with SSD you'll see some significant performance improvements including i/o speeds. You can even go so far as to buy 2 drives, remove the optical drive, and raid 0 them for extreme speed performance. Here's a good starting reference.

    for a couple of hundred dollars you'll see some real results editing...

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