December 2, 2015 at 12:23PM

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Minimum Laptop Specs to edit 4k

I am planning on taking some extended time to travel over the next few months, and in preparation, I am looking to purchase a laptop. As new is prohibitively expensive (not to mention devalued the moment the box is open) I am planning on buying a used mac laptop (hopefully light as I am backpacking) to edit short videos on the road. I am also planning on shooting in 4k, (Gh4/g7).

In your experience, what are good enough specs to edit 4k with? Do macbook video cards vary/impact this?

Thanks!

P.S. Currently looking at the first gen 13in Retina MBP.

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The trick is to convert your files to an optimized/proxy media for editing , for example in 1080p. Make the edit in 1080p and after switch back to the 4K files for rendering. It's quite easy to do that with FCPX or Premiere

My MacBook Pro ( 15" , last generation i7 , the biggest one on the market ) is not enough powerful to have a fluid workflow in 4K ;)

December 3, 2015 at 6:29AM

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The trick is to convert your files to prores ( instead of h264 ) , and if you want to edit 4K, convert them in 1080p for editing and use the 4K files for rendering only.
For exemple my macbook pro 15" i7 last generation as not enough power for editing h264 files in 4K.
You have to think about buying a fast external drive (USB3 if the mac is supporting it or thunderbolt for older ones ).

December 4, 2015 at 7:58AM

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2015 macbook pro are 2.5 times faster than previous versions, so if you can get one used you will be ok, the only issue could be the hard drive, the cheapest are only 250 GB which could be tie for 4K. The other option which should work fine is a macbook pro later 2013 with a dedicated Geforce video card of 2 GB….you could get one of those around USD 1,400-1,600 on ebay. Good luck!!!

December 27, 2015 at 1:07PM

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