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Thread: What to look for in a Mac for video editing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cseeman View Post
    I would avoid the MacPro. There's really limited benefit given that it's using just speed bumped Xeons from 2010. It might have some benefit if you were doing a lot of compression but not much for typical editing.
    GHZ speed is not as much as an issue in video editing as much as the amount of cores, memory & maybe dedicated video card. Usually with video editing normally it will have some kind of compression and rendering before exporting it somewhere like Youtube, Blip.tv ect. Usually the editing format video files are going to be quite large ( Like ProRes ) until you export in a more internet friendly format.

    The amount of video isn't an issue, the codec and compositing would be a factor. The current MBPr handles AVCHD natively without issue. I think Apple demo'd 9 simultaneous using multicam.
    Its not just the retina MBP but with any Mac that has OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion where they added better support for AVCHD.

    Keep in mind you should use and external drive. A Thunderbolt RAID would be blazing fast.
    Yes, should not use system drive to hold video files, but on a secondary hard drive.
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    http://barefeats.com/mbp12ma.html
    Notice how closely the MBPr performs compared to the 2010 MP (only 6 core model though).

    I'll just post the comments from the tester

    The Retina MacBook Pro was able to perform unrendered playback of the animated template very nearly at real-time speed (29.97 FPS). It's the first MacBook Pro in history to be able to do that. It even edged out the Mac Pro with the Radeon HD 5870 on the unrendered playback test

    When it came to "Render RAM Preview" test, the MacBook Pros and the Mac Pro had enough RAM (16G and 24G respectively) to render all 600 frames of our test template in memory. The Retina MacBook Pro's GeForce GT 650M was able to render the RAM preview faster than the pricey Quadro 4000 GPU in the Mac Pro.

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    This was in late 2011 but it's still telling when comparing the 2011 iMac to 6 core 2012 MacPro using FCPX
    http://barefeats.com/fcpx01.html

    The big surprise is how close the iMac and top MacBook Pro came to the Mac Pro in Final Cut Pro X performance. Of course the tests we chose and the sample video footage may have a role in that.

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    Oh, yeah. I'm aware of this even in previous years. Typically the newer Macs seem to out do older single processor Mac Pro's ( Dual processors are a different story ). I'm still a little wary on some benchmarks in general as they can be misleading and often don't take in account on things besides CPU and maybe GPU depending on which one. I like real world testing better. But benchmarks are good for a quick reference guide.

    I still think PCIe video cards tend to be a bit better then even dedicated video cards, which are usually mobile version designated by the (M) in Mac Laptops ( They definitely beat out integrated graphics ) and can be upgraded far more easier when new updated ones become available.
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    Although by today's standards the ATI/AMD 5770 and 5870 are ancient GPUs.
    Personally I think it makes more economic sense to get a laptop and wait 'till the new MacPro happens. I suspect it will be a major leap forward. In the mean time one could get a Matrox MXO2 MiniMax, have an HDMI input device and have MAX for accelerated H.264 encoding for VOD.

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    I say the iMac 27" Quad core i7. Its expandable up to 16GB of RAM. I thinks its the best performance for the price (about 1/2 the price of a MacPro). You don't need a MacPro its too overkill. You only need it if you want to render a video in 30min rather than an hour.
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    Although the iMac was last updated May 2011. I hear a new one is coming relatively soon. New Ivy Bridge plus USB3 at least. Interesting if they can get Retina on it but that would up the price or they'll temporarily split the line as they did with MacBookPro.

    iMacs certainly are good bang for the buck compared to MacPro. For the price of an 27" iMac (note that has a monitor which is an added cost for MacPro) you'd have a couple of thousand left for additional gear.

    When you consider that you'd really need a 12 Core MacPro to gain significant advantage over iMac or MBP Retina, the 2010 (updated) MacPro doesn't look very cost efficient.

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    While this is an older thread I thought I would add additional information regarding actual testing on Mac Laptops used for long term usage under heavy load.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1725694
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    Thank you for the link!

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