Video Editing...Which Macbook Pro 13"?

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  1. jayeskreezy macrumors 65816

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    Ok so I'm thinking about getting a Macbook Pro 13" to do some video editing on. I'm not interested in the 15" due to portability. I hook my 13" up to an external monitor anyway.

    Which is the better 13" to get?

    The previous model with these specs:

    MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    250GB Hard Drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    SD card slot
    Built-in 7-hour battery
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    Illuminated keyboard

    OR the

    Current Model with these specs:

    MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    250GB Hard Drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    SD card slot
    Built-in 10-hour battery
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
    Illuminated keyboard


    I'll be using Final Cut Pro and Motion and/or After Effects.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Both are okay.

    It depends on what kind of footage and what kind of effects you want to throw at it.

    The newer model might be better due to the updated GPU, which is needed in Motion and AE.
     
  3. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    If portability is important, it's nice to travel without the ac adapter. So the 10 hour battery gets my vote. Also the better graphics card, although it doesn't matter for Final Cut, may matter for other programs in the future. Make sure you get an external hard drive for your footage.
     
  4. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Video Editing...Which Macbook Pro 13"?

    I'm in the market for a 13" Macbook pro and I do video editing with FCP and motion graphics using Motion or AEffects. I use an external monitor, but a 15" mbp isnt an option due to portability.


    Should I get the previous model with the following specs?:

    MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    250GB Hard Drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    SD card slot
    Built-in 7-hour battery
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    Illuminated keyboard

    OR the newest model with these specs:

    MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    250GB Hard Drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    SD card slot
    Built-in 10-hour battery
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
    Illuminated keyboard
     
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  6. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the update. I searched for over an hour yesterday looking for the original thread and couldn't find the original post so I thought it never went through b/c my internet window was closed.

    I appreciate the update. I wish I could say thanks for not being a jerk about it though.
     
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    You had two threads already and couldn't find them?

    Either use User CP in conjunction with Subscriptions:

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    Or use http://mroogle.*************/MRoogle.gif.

    Sorry for being a "jerk", but sometimes those triplicate threads are unnecessary. You have been here awhile, so I thought you would know how to find your own threads and posts, and if it would be by simply browsing the sub-forum you posted in.
     
  8. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thanks...this tutorial was actually very helpful :D I never know how to navigate my profile area
     
  9. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I don't think that the 13" screen size is very productive for video editing. I have a 15" and sometimes I wish it was larger.

    However, unless you plan on doing a lot of editing, either one should work just as well. Any 3d rendering (Motion, After Effects?) will be faster on the 320m, but will you be doing a lot of 3d rendering where it's worth the price premium?
     
  10. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    Just remember it won't get anywhere near 10 hours of battery life if it's used for video editing.
     
  11. jayeskreezy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I'll be using AE and/or Motion. Thanks for the help everyone-I will probably get the newer one. I usually hook my laptop up to external monitors too for editing.

    Yeah, Apple battery time advertised has never been the reality for me. I'm thinking a 10 hour battery is more than likely a 4 hour battery in real life which is still an improvement.
     

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