January 16, 2017 at 12:54PM

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Mobile Workstation

Hi guys,
I currently need to buy a new laptop for editing stuff on the go. I have a full workstation running Mac OS at my studio but I want to be able to edit when I'm not in my hometown. I really like Mac OS and I was thinking about getting the new Macbook pro (2016). Nowadays I edit mainly 24/25/30fps 1080p footage but I may be upgrading to the new gh5 and want a machine that can handle 4k 60fps. Bear in mind that the bulk of my work will still be done on my workstation and this is just a solution for me to be portable when needed. Do you think I could get away with this using the 13" model? I like that one because it's more portable, more affordable and I can always plug it in to an external monitor when available. I don't know if the absence of a dedicated GPU will ruin it's capabilities for video editing. I use mainly Adobe Premiere Pro CC and sometimes davinci resolve for color grading. I might get into FCP since I heard is much faster than premiere though.
Thank you!

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I don't think I would get something without a GPU if I planned on doing lots of 4k in the future. I did some 4k on a 2014 MBP and it was doable, but the system was working harder, and that Mac had a GPU.

Also I can't imagine a 13" would be enjoyable to work on. I use a 15" now and I feel like I want more space.

January 16, 2017 at 9:27PM

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Thanks for the advice, Josh. I like the 13" because it's small and since most of the times I have to edit something out of town I can easily find an external monitor that I can hook it up to. Also I own a 2009 15" MacBook pro and in terms of screen size it is enough for me (bearing in mind that is just a portable solution). The gpu might be the real issue for me though. What about dual core vs quad core? According to apple's website there's no quad-core version of the 13", even the i7 model is only dual core.

January 17, 2017 at 2:01AM

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Luis Moreira
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Hey Luis!
I'm going straight to the point here since some stuff has already been said bay Josh. I'd point out that if you use PPro and want a system with a gpu go for windows. Premiere Pro is much faster on a windows machine at the same price range of any mac.
I've got a Clevo with a GTX1060 and a i7 6700HQ for around 1500€ from Obsidian (I'm also from Portugal and found this shop a few months ago) and it has been the best investment on a laptop since the nvidia laptop 10 series are pretty much neck to neck with their Desktop brothers.

January 17, 2017 at 6:05AM

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Herman Delgado
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Thank you Herman,
I know I can buy a better pc (if we're talking about graphics, processor, ram and drives) for much less money than a Mac. I have a PC at my studio (4790k, gtx 970, 16gb ram, two ssd + 2 hdd running on a raid0 array for speed) because it didn't make sense for me to spend the extra ton of money on a less capable imac (for example) specially knowing I could easily run Mac OS on the PC. So as I said before, I'm not planning on buying a new workstation. I'm willing to prioritize portability, functionality and ease of use over performance to a certain extent. I know there are some new PCs (ultrabooks as they call it) that are superior than the MacBook in terms of performance such as the Dell xps 15 but in every aspect that is not about performance specs (and price) the MacBook is much superior, specially for people that use Mac OS.
Also I'm considering moving to final cut pro since I don't use after effects and supposedly the performance is much better. I can use fcp for cutting which is way cheaper than premiere and resolve (which is free) for color grading.
Since the GPU is important I'm considering the 15" model. Do you think I could get away with the stock gpu (Radeon pro 450)? Again, this is not going to be my main machine.

January 17, 2017 at 9:23AM

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Luis Moreira
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I was not mentioning the ultrabooks because if we give a few more bucks we can outperform them easily.
If your are really to change for FCPX then yes, it will perform flawlessly. Take a look at this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7sqJFe-XBc. One of the best reviews I've seen that really makes you think if the 2016 version is worth getting. It seems that sometimes it looses in performance to the generation before or is just the same.

January 17, 2017 at 10:26AM

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Herman Delgado
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I'm gonna take a look. Thanks!

January 17, 2017 at 11:12AM

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Luis Moreira
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