Which MBP for Final Cut Pro / DVCPRO HD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JasonA, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. JasonA macrumors member

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    I'm trying to decide which machine to buy. I'm looking to get a refurb unibody MacBook Pro 15", but can't decide between:
    2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB, 320GB Serial ATA @ 5400, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 512MB

    or

    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x1GB, 250GB Serial ATA @ 5400, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB

    Looks like the main difference between the two is a slight processor speed bump and 512 MB vs. 256 MB of video RAM. Is it worth the ~$500 for this? Or should I just stick with the lower model? The lowest-cost option is preferred, but I do need to be able to edit 1080i P2 footage shot on Panasonic AG-HPX500. I'm mostly using just Final Cut Pro and Compressor, no Color or Motion.

    Will the low end MacBook Pro suffice for HD editing? Would a 7,200 RPM system drive be necessary, or will the stock 5,400 be okay? Obviously, I'll max out RAM after I get it, and use external storage for scratch disk.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. guest8t88 macrumors member

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    Well, I would not think about it that much, 4gb ram is a good thing for the future, and I bet you will be sorry if you only go for 2gb ram.
     
  3. duckkg5 macrumors member

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    I just ordered a MBP unibody 2.4 ghz with a 320GB @ 7200. I'll be using it for FCP primarily. I'm going to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB from crucial after I get the computer.

    From what I've read, a 2.53 processor isn't so noticeable and that you won't be able to really notice the difference between that and a 2.4. If you want to "take the brakes off," upgrade the RAM to 4 GB and get a HD with 7200 rpm. At least that's what I'm doing. I upgraded my iMac to 4 GB from 1 and it flies now. Much more responsive and snappy.
     
  4. ryanws macrumors newbie

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    Is the 17" with 8 gb Ram overkill

    I have a 17" 2.93, 7200 rpm, 8 GB RAM on its way. Is this overkill for FCP and After Effects? The screen size means nothing because I will be connecting to a 30" ACD.

    Should I Cancel this order, save a $1400+ and order a 15" 2.8, 7200 rpm, and 4 GB RAM?

    Any advice would be appreciated. I plan to buy a Mac Pro when they update, but will be doing quite a bit of editing on this machine.

    Thanks in advance for any advice!
     
  5. spooky2k macrumors 6502a

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    this couldn't be further from the truth. RAM is upgradable at anytime after the initial purchase so you will not regret only getting the base model. Plus Apple charges a hell of a lot for RAM.

    I use my base model Unibody Macbook Pro for video editing using Final Cut studio and it does not even hiccup. Ignore the techno-droolers, you'll be fine with a base model and hey, if not you can buy a cheap upgrade to the RAM from crucial.

    So yes, base model Unibody Macbook Pro.
    Enjoy.
     

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