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MackBook Pro 13" or 15" for best Video Editing Performance


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Hello! I am looking to purchase a MacBook Pro for my business. My husband and I are launching an online community where we'll be shooting 10 videos per week and uploading them onto our website. Half the videos will be longer (20-40 minutes with no editing) and the others will be 5-10 minutes with more editing involved I think. I have been a PC user all my life, but it was recommended to me to get a Mac if my business was going to based within video editing.
I was looking at a MacBook Pro 13" or 15" and wasn't sure which (if either) would be a better option. I really have no clue which to get based on my needs, so would love any suggestions! The Apple Store guy said the basic 13" MacBook Pro would be fine, but wanted to get a second opinion. Also looking to get a refurbished one. Thanks in advance for your help!
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If you are doing a lot of video, I would think that the bigger screen would be an advantage. However, is the increase in performance(whatever it is in real terms) between the 13" and 15" worth the extra cost? It might be worth considering buying the 13" and spending the xtra cash on a 19/21" monitor to go with it.
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Keep in mind - you can never upgrade the processor or video card after you buy the laptop. Ever.

Get the best processor and video card you can afford, even at the expense of a larger hard drive and more RAM. HD's and RAM can be easily upgraded after the fact.

Get the best processor and video card you can afford. Always. And with editing video, it will be noticeable the moment you start getting into syncing multiple cuts/cameras/audio.

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Thank you both for your responses!

Deckyon -- if I was looking at the information for any given laptop, where does it list the processors & video card information? And could you give me an example of a "low end" vs. "high end" one? Sorry, this is all new to me, but I really appreciate your help thus far! And so really, screen size isn't too imperative (relatively speaking), but moreso the later two, right?
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