October 22, 2016 at 6:40AM, Edited October 22, 6:45AM
4K Editing on a MacBook Air
Since late 2014 I have owned a 11" MacBook Air (1,7Ghz Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM,Intel HD Graphics 5000 1536 MB, 256GB SSD), using it mainly for writing and internet browsing, but occasionally for video production. Recently, I got a free copy of DaVinci Resolve and have since been experimenting around. Disregarding a whoppingly small preview of the clip (fitted at a 22% size in Edit and 19% size in Color), making it extremely uncomfortable to use without an external display (the Apple 27" Retina display worked out ok for me), performance completely blew my mind. I would never have thought about the MacBook Air being capable of exporting a timeline of 4K sample footage at about 5.5 fps (Settings were 3840x2160, 24fps, Video and dual-channel audio), giving me render times of about 4m15s on a 1m02s clip.
So the tiny MacBook Air is surprisingly powerful, although I wouldn't recommend using it on pure battery power, which would drain you down quite fast.
Are there any of you out there using the Air for such purposes? How are your experiences with video editing?