November 17, 2016 at 8:43AM


Editing 4k with a Macbook Pro

Whats the best way and how to edit 4k on a Macbook Pro?
have a Macbook Pro 15 Mid 2012.
I already have 16 GB of RAM.

Which SSD would be good for editing,which one should I get?

I was thinking about a Samsung 850 Evo 1TB or Corsair Neutron Series GTX 480GB

Is there any other equipment I should get?

Please help:/


Hmmm... That's riding the edge. I would be very surprised if you could edit 4k without serious lag on there. RAM is not necessarily your only bottleneck. SATA speed is a big one, I don't know what they had in 2012 in a MacBook, it should be fine. CPU will struggle.... a lot. Does it have a dedicated GPU?

November 17, 2016 at 9:28AM

Clark McCauley

With most source video being heavily compressed, long-GoP CODECs these days, you'd need a pretty hefty GPU to edit UHD with any efficiency. The other alternative is to make MJPEG proxies and work at 1/2 HD for the "work print", then do a swap for the final render.
IMO, it's best to just shoot and edit HD resolutions. Virtually nobody will ever see true UHD, forget 4K in the near future and that high resolution nobody will ever see comes at great costs, including worse rolling shutter..

November 17, 2016 at 1:19PM, Edited November 17, 1:19PM


Nobody will ever seen UHD? You are long mistaken my friend. 4k Monitors just priced dropped to under 300.

Clark McCauley

November 18, 2016 at 10:12AM

I've done some 4k on a mid-2014 MBP, it was doable, but I could tell the machine was working hard.

An SSD will help, and I would say it's a requirement. But other than size, the choice of which SSD probably doesn't matter much since the limiting factor on a 2012 machine is the bandwidth of the logic board. I've seen conflicting reports about whether that model supports SATA II or SATA III, but either way you're not going to see the performance you would with a newer machine with either of those drives.

I would recommend using some sort of proxy while editing and only do the final export in 4k.

November 17, 2016 at 11:30PM


I agree proxy will be the only way to go for this macbook...

Clark McCauley

November 18, 2016 at 10:13AM

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