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    HD editing on a MBP
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    HD editing on a MBP
    Hi everyone,

    I am looking at buying a macbook pro for editing very soon. However, I have been told that the Macbook pro cannot edit "true" HD video (in Final cut studio 2) due to it's resolution and graphics card / capture device. However, i have been told it can edit "compressed HD", can anyone tell me the difference and enlighten me on this?

    The last thing I want to do is spend £1800 on a mac that won't do the job I need it to.

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    HD editing on a MBP
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    if you got the 17" macbook with the top spec graphcis card it might do it.

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    HD editing on a MBP
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    Well, you won't be able to view 1080p on a display that's less than 1920x1080. But you can still edit the material and export it in that format... so yeah - you can edit full HD.

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    Broad Format Support
    With native support for virtually any format, Final Cut Pro lets you edit everything from uncompressed SD to HDV, DVCPRO HD, and uncompressed HD — as well as Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM HD tapeless formats. Or use ProRes 422, a new post-production format from Apple that offers uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes. Mix and match a wide range of formats and even frame rates in the open format Timeline. If you edit film, use the redesigned interface in Cinema Tools 4 to work faster than ever, with customizable lists that let you combine timecode and keycode in a single document.

    Took That Off Of:
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    HD editing on a MBP
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    OK... I got this off the final cut studio 2 specifications...

    "Capturing HD resolution video using the ProRes 422 format requires a Mac Pro with an Intel Xeon processor or a G5 Quad computer and a qualified third-party capture card. "

    If I can't view full 1080p then how could I edit the footage (forgetting outputting to a HDTV), or would the footage be scaled in quality until I were to export it to say a HD DVD or Blu Ray?

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    HD editing on a MBP
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    The ProRes 422 format is for cinema quality stuff... if you're making the next Godzilla - you'll need it. Oh and one of these.

    For regular prosumer grade HD editing, the Macbook Pro will just display the footage scaled to your screen's resolution. If you want to do some serious editing, you could always get a 23" external monitor to go with it.

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    HD editing on a MBP
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    I'll be editing music videos (pro level work) - I am also an indie film maker but i doubt i'll be wanting to make the next godzilla, that's not really my thing.

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    HD editing on a MBP
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    PowerbookG4 is really the guy you need to speak to then... he's waaay into the whole filmmaking stuff

    I just mess around with a DV camera in Final Cut Express HD a bit every now and then.

    Anyway, good luck - I look forward to seeing Indiezilla in theatres soon!

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    HD editing on a MBP
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    lol. thanks man.
    Because of the nature of my work I cannot post it on youtube (record labels, copyright music etc..) Once I get my mac i'll be converting some of my short films to go onto youtube, i'll post some links, i'd appreciate any feedback.

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    HD editing on a MBP
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaughan80 View Post
    lol. thanks man.
    Because of the nature of my work I cannot post it on youtube (record labels, copyright music etc..) Once I get my mac i'll be converting some of my short films to go onto youtube, i'll post some links, i'd appreciate any feedback.
    i understand you cant post the stuff youve done on youtube, but if youve done some stuff with a record label's backing, i can imagine its online somewhere (the band's site, the label's site, mtv wanna be sites, etc), so post up a link!


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    HD editing on a MBP
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    I have just finished a music video for a band in Leeds (UK) called The Voltaires. The label have yet to approve that but when they do it will be on thier myspace site.

    I did a live video for a band not long ago, but that isn't on thier site, it was for promo packs etc. I'll be putting that on my site soon.

    check out http://www.myspace.com/pangvideo - work will be on there shortly (that I have clearance for).

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    HD editing on a MBP
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    Hmm.. I think you could just put the top res in the 17" macbook pro, it is 1920*1200, which is the same as the 23" (correct me if I'm wrong). Just max the ram (to 4 GB), and you will be great for some mobile editing...
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