By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
When Apple recently announced the new MacBook Pro with the OLED-centric TouchBar, it came with the promise of creating far more usability and ease of workflow. But would it work well with video editing apps? Well, one editor not only thinks it does, but he says that it’s well suited for that very purpose. But can you counter balance the issues with just USB-C ports by adding a peripheral with additional ports?
First off, It’s really fast. I’ve been using the MacBook Pro with the new version of FCP X and cutting 5K ProRes material all week, it’s buttery smooth. No matter what you think the specs say, the fact is the software and hardware are so well integrated it tears strips off “superior spec’d” Windows counterparts in the real world. – Thomas Grove Carter, Blog Post
Thomas Grove Carter is an editor for Trim Editing in London, and he got a hold of the new MacBook Pro to edited some 5K footage with and he takes a shot at critics by saying that those who think the MacPro isn’t “pro” enough, probably haven’t even touched it. Carter then gives his professional opinion that cutting ProRes on the new MacBook Pro with Final Cut Pro X couldn’t be better.
Carter does leave out the assessment that having to cut on third party software will likely limit the performance that he enjoyed with FCPX, but he also says that is why keeping within the Mac ecosystem has a benefit, its integration.
Carter then turns his attention to the central feature everyone is talking about, the Touch Bar, which he said he was initially skeptical about.
“It looked like the result of an incestuous fling between a keyboard and an iPad mini (with Retina display),” Carter said. But he also said that as you start using it, the sliders show so much potential that objections soon fade away, as it works seamlessly with the large trackpad.
“I feel the same about this as I did losing [the] DVD [burner], FireWire 800 and Ethernet [ports] on my 2012 Retina MacBook Pro four years ago. It might be a slight annoyance for six months, and then I’ll be in the future again.” – Carter
Carter then goes on to say that while he will miss having Thunderbolt and other additional connections in favor of a single USB-C port, he thinks that annoyance will largely be short lived, especially considering that the Samsung Thunderbolt 3 SSD drives that use the new connector are super fast.
But that begs the question, with such a fast interface, what will legacy users who still have Thunderbolt and other connections be able to do to keep using the technology their rely on with their workflow?
Well one solution could be the $100 HyperDrive USB-C adapter, which is essentially a hub for everything else that’s missing. So, rather than having to invest in dongles for every single port you’re missing (which could be Apple’s plan all along), this single $70 adapter snaps into the side of the MacBook Pro to simultaneously provide ports for 50Gb/s Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, USB 3.1 x 2, microSD/SD, and USB-C.
That’s a ton of bandwidth to handle and the HyperDrive smartly uses both USB-C ports on one side to share the load.
And based on the fact that with just over 30 days to go (as of this writing), the Sanho Corporation has already raised over 4.5 times its $100,000 goal, it’s easy to see how the HyperDrive is filling a hardcore need for MacBook Pro users. Check it out on Kickstarter here, and if you act now, you can get one for $70!
If you need something now, OWC has their USB-C drive, which offers several ports.
So what do you guys think? Is the new MacBook Pro the buttery smooth editing machine that video editor Thomas Grove Carter says it is? Especially with the HyperDrive connector, or something similar?