Larry Jordan: Is The New MacBook Pro Fast Enough for Video Editing?

MacBook Pro 2016 Final Cut Pro X 10.3

By Larry Jordan (doddleNEWS)

I’ve been fascinated by the ongoing discussion about whether the new MacBook Pro laptop is fast enough for serious video editing. So, I’ve spent the last two weeks working with one and thinking about how to best answer this question.

Whether you use Avid, Adobe, Apple – or any other Mac-based video editing software – video editing is one of the hardest tasks we can do on a computer because it taxes the entire system. In this report, you’ll find answers to key questions like: How much speed do I need? And what really maxes out the computer?

I’ve been surprised many times during my research for this article and I think you will be, too.

Whether the MacBook Pro is fast enough can be answered in different ways – so I looked at all of them, plus examined where desktops fit into this whole equation:

  1. Philosophy
  2. Technical
  3. Practical
  4. How Adobe and Apple Use RAM and Storage
  5. The Future of Desktops

In the Philosophy section, I look at the words “best” and “fast enough.” In the Technical section, I provide speed measurements of the system. In the Practical section, I look at performance specs when editing SD, HD and 4K material in single stream, multicam and with four streams running at once. Finally, in the How Adobe and Apple Use RAM and Storage section, I present a technical look at how Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Apple Final Cut Pro X use RAM and storage during editing.

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