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07-21-2015, 07:32 AM
Hi All,
I'm new to these forums and I'm after some advice.

I've been looking at getting a 13" MBP recently so that I can get rid of my bulky desktop PC, but the information I'm struggling to find online is the conversion speeds I can expect.

On my PC I do some video editing using lightworks, but i do a lot of video conversion, mainly DVD and Blu Ray rips to DivX or 1080p MKV, my current PC is fast (quad core i7 with hyper thread at 3.8ghz), and this is what has me worried about getting a macbook pro, will it take forever to convert files due to the architecture?

Unfortunately the 15" is out of my price range at present and to be honest probably a bit big for my liking.

I guess any advice would be appreciated, my main concern isnt so much the time it takes, but if left converting a file for 5 hours, i dont want to burn the thing out!


07-21-2015, 11:14 AM
I can't speak for the conversion speed of the newer machines. As you can see in the profile at left my gear is considerably older. I can say that once or twice in recent weeks I've set up conversions that were near 24 hours long (several large files in succession). Although the temp readings were roughly 200-210F I've had no ill effects.

07-21-2015, 11:44 AM
Thanks for the reply, I would more than likely be doing one of two files every week or so, probably totaling about 4hrs in length max so hopefully this wont be too taxing.

Could I ask, what software would you say is the best for converting between video formats? mainly AVI (XVID) and MKV?


07-21-2015, 11:58 AM
The big three for me seem to be Handbrake (https://handbrake.fr/features.php), MPEG Streamclip (http://www.squared5.com) and VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/). You may be familiar with them from the PC side of things. There are other converters out there both free and paid that have nicer interfaces but I seem to keep coming back to these.

These programs, particularly VLC and Handbrake seem to open files that some other converters won't open. I often try to open the file first in MPEG Streamclip because it has some basic video editing capabilities built in. Primarily trimming video.

Edit: I think those programs work with the filetypes you mentioned. Most of my conversions have been .m2t, mts, and .mp4.