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    Jun 27, 2007
    Best Editing Mac Pro?
    Hi everyone,
    I'm investing in a shiny new Mac Pro for my freelance editing work, however I'm a bit of a Mac novice and was wondering if anyone has any recommendation on what spec I should be looking for?

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    The best you can afford.

    If you're looking for specifics, you will need to be more specific as to your use of the system. Particularly the software you plan on using and what type of editing work are you doing.
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    Sep 22, 2006
    Bay Area, CA
    Late 2015 5K iMac 4ghz 32gb 4gb Graphics - Late 2011 17" MacBook Pro 2.4ghz quad i7 16gb ram
    And what format you will be editing, and how much you are willing to spend.
    Late 2011 MacBook Pro 27" | Thunderbolt Display | Final Cut Pro X

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    vaughan80's Avatar
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    Jun 14, 2007
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Macbook - 2.4 ghz intel core duo / 4 gig of ram.
    I am actually wanting to know the same question, but decided not to clog the forum up...

    Basically, I am getting a mac, purely for editing. I can't really afford a macpro, but have been told that the macbook pro is better than the imac for editing.

    I am however, wanting a desktop machine. Is it worth even waiting for a new imac or shall i get a macbook pro?

    Surely the desktop machine is as capable or more than capable than a laptop for editing?

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    Jun 25, 2005
    On the road
    2011 MBP, i7, 16GB RAM, MBP 2.16Ghz Core Duo, 2GB ram, Dual 867Mhz MDD, 1.75GB ram, ATI 9800 Pro vid
    I'm assuming both requesters are going to be useing FCP or FCE at least.

    If your going to be using Motion, then you definitely want a dedicated graphics card. The better the card, the better the performance. Also the realtime playback effects of FCP use the video card. I'm assuming FCE has that feature too. For the Mac Pro buyer this means you may want to upgrade the card when you buy, to the ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB card. For the iMac user it means you should NOT buy the lowest end iMac or a Mac mini or a non-Pro Macbook.

    The current iMacs of choice use the ATI Radeon X1600 graphics processor as where the new MBPs use NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor. I haven't read performance numbers, but I would expect the MBP has a better processor. The older MBPs used the X1600. Oh, and the more memory the video card has, the better. Remember, you cannot update the graphics system in non-Mac Pro machines.

    The last iMac release was in September, so some people are expecting a newer version real-soon-now. Perhaps that would have a newer faster graphics card. Don't ask when because Apple is the only one who knows.

    To save dollars or better spread you funds, look into Apples refurbs. For the fixed systems such as MBPs, you want to understand the processor lineups too.

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