October 13, 2015 at 12:03AM


MacBook Pro advice

I'm looking to buy my first MacBook pro, and need some advice as to whether the model I have in mind is capable of smoothly running large Premiere Pro projects at 1080p, as well as Lightroom, PS etc.

I'm looking at the 2015 15" 2.2GHz 16GB, 256 SSD: http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-apple-macbook-pro-mjlq2b-a-15inch-2-2...

Thanks for your help


By shipping new MacBook Pro computers with El Capitan, Apple has made new MacBook Pro computers inappropriate for running Premiere Pro projects at any resolution. The temporary work-around is to disable the GPU and rely on software-only rendering, which is dog slow. You probably want to wait a month (or however long it takes) before the next version of El Capitan, Premiere Pro, or both, are out and see if they actually work.

October 13, 2015 at 2:06AM


Could that not be fixed with a software update? I need one soon... My PC is almost dead

George Peck

October 13, 2015 at 3:22AM

That is more than enough! I run the same software on my 27in iMac with only 8GB of ram. I would however suggest an external hard drive with at least 1TB to backup all of your work.

October 14, 2015 at 2:46PM

Benjamin Titsworth
Creative Director

I ran Premiere CC on an old macbook pro 2012 no problem with a solid-state and el capitan. It had 16BG RAM, but a shit graphics card which would've made rendering a lot better. But that comp should be good. Depends on what GPU though

October 16, 2015 at 12:58PM


Its fine to edit on, but I would get a bigger SSD, if you have some software, some footage and some misc files on it, it will run out fast, and you don't always wanna haul an external drive around on a laptop.

October 18, 2015 at 11:47AM

Philip Drobar
Video Editor

It's the one I have and it's great, I think it's more than enough to do 1080p, actually you can have a cheaper one or a used one if you want to do only 1080p. My old 2012 macbook pro worked perfectly fine with 1080p.
The only issue is the hard drive space, it's way too small, so all the video project I make can be done only on external hard drive, I can live with it but if you can afford it I advise you to get a bigger hard drive.

October 20, 2015 at 8:19AM


Skip the MBP and get a laptop sporting a Nvidia card with cuda cores and enjoy the speed.

October 20, 2015 at 4:53PM


It pretty much depends on your editing programme of choice. If you stick with Premiere Pro and maybe DaVinci Resolve (Windows-compatible programmes), you also may consider the 2016 Razer Blade with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ and a Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU in it. You are getting a Powerhouse of a Computer, tests show that it even handles 8K raw RED footage considerably, but you definitely want to get an SSD and an external USB Hub. Also you get a Full HD or QHD+ Display.
or check out the video Linus Tech Tips made about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qthiuEt_moU

February 12, 2017 at 6:24AM


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