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« on: May 06, 2017, 09:28 »
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Hi everybody!
after consideration, i decided to invest in a 4k capable camara, to try my shot at Video Footage (thinking about the future, where 4k will probably become standard).

So i decided based on much research, budget considerations, etc... to get the Sony A6300.

Now the problem is that my laptop where i have so far made my 1080 editing will not take it, it's far to old. So, the question is to decide whether i buy a new machine (probably a Imac, i'm a mac guy...), which means a bigger investment right now or if it's worth to update my macbook pro i keep it going a couple of years more (smaller investment). So my macbook is:

-mid-2010 (2,66 i7; 4gb RAM; NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, with VRAM 512). I have a 500gb SATA Harddrive.

So... if i update this and get 8gb RAM and eventually a new hard drive, would it be able to deal with 4K files (Basic clip editing for stock...) or would it be too painful/impossible? Thanks in advance for the help!.


« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 10:10 »
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I would say it's much better to buy a used 2013 MacBook Pro or something instead of updating the one you have.

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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2017, 21:23 »
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8GB should be fine if it's just basic editing, but I'd recommend getting an SSD and a better GPU. Your processor should be fine as is. Or you could go crazy, see the light and get a PC! I'd recommend my current laptop....

Asus ROG GL502VS
Intel Core i7 6700HQ Processor
32GB DDR4 2133MHz SDRAM
15.6" LED backlit UHD - 3840x2160
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB VRAM
512GB SATA3 SSD

« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2017, 10:10 »
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thanks for the very helpful answers!
Yeah, based on your experienced advice, i think i won't try to update my laptop which will anyway keep struggling, and in a year or 2 most would have to be changed.

SpaceStock! thanks, i was checking some machines with that kind of power. I really have a thing for apple, i'm not religious about it :D but i've been using macs in my day job (i'm an architect...) and since i started using them (7-8 years ago) i never thought about pcs again :D

but, if i ever loose my faith :D i may go back.

« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2017, 10:50 »
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I'm running a maxed out late 2013 15" MacBook Pro and it works well with 4k.

No doubt you would get higher specs for the money with a PC, but I've always been a Mac user (since the 80s with a break of two years) and I don't see myself going to Windows. MacOS X is just a different world and a joy to use.

I had a Windows laptop for 2 years and I'd rather not go back to that...

Also, if you have trouble editing footage, convert it to ProRes and you'll find it's much faster and easier to edit than h264.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2017, 11:02 by increasingdifficulty »

« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2017, 11:20 »
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I'm running a maxed out late 2013 15" MacBook Pro and it works well with 4k.

No doubt you would get higher specs for the money with a PC, but I've always been a Mac user (since the 80s with a break of two years) and I don't see myself going to Windows. MacOS X is just a different world and a joy to use.

I had a Windows laptop for 2 years and I'd rather not go back to that...

Also, if you have trouble editing footage, convert it to ProRes and you'll find it's much faster and easier to edit than h264.
I agree that years ago Mac system was much, much better, but these days frankly I don't see any advantage  (apart from Prores).
As others have said, on windows you get the same power for half the price and many more choices


 

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