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Chris Chiasson

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Apple buying advice

PostThu Jan 18, 2018 12:15 am

Currently, own a MacBook Pro 15-inch, Late 2013 (Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2 GB GPU, and Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB). Thinking about finally upgrading it to something better, since editing 1080p projects has become a struggle now a days. And overheating and battery life has been terrible. When the MacBook overheats, even web browsing is a struggle. So I'm trying to figure out what to switch to, and looking for suggestions.
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Ryan Payne

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Re: Apple buying advice

PostThu Jan 18, 2018 7:34 am

I'd say that the overheating is causing all the troubles, the specs aren't amazing but should do 1080p fine. If your looking to save money I'd open it up and clean it out or take it to get serviced. It's most likely just full of dust and in need of a reformat.

Otherwise feel free to send it to me :P I'd love an old MacBook over my current laptop.

But yeah for a new purchase it depends on the budget, what your editing and how much ease you'd like to do it in.
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Chris Chiasson

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Re: Apple buying advice

PostSun Jan 21, 2018 9:25 pm

I thought it was just dust in the fan, but despite cleaning it out, it hasn't improved I'm afraid. I think it's just the Nvidia GPU not really being fully supported anymore, because Apple is more on Team Red now a days. That, or Apple is pulling a iPhone slowdown because my battery is old, and only lasts 2 hours when just browsing the web.
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Re: Apple buying advice

PostWed Jan 24, 2018 1:28 pm

You didn't say which NLE you're using for editing, but in any case the Davinci Resolve hardware requirements guide http://documents.blackmagicdesign.com/DaVinciResolve/20170818-d861a7/DaVinci_Resolve_14_Configuration_Guide.pdf has a lot of useful guidance when considering a new computer (laptop or desktop) for video editing. This is obviously geared to Resolve, but even if you're using a different editor it's still useful.

The main consideration is that unless you need to use a laptop for other reasons, video editing is likely to be a better experience on a desktop machine. And not a Mac Mini, although I've had no trouble editing and rendering short video in Final Cut Pro X on my 2014 i5 Mac Mini. For bigger projects (which I'm about to embark on), I'll probably need to bite the bullet and upgrade to a 27" iMac; not the iMac Pro but the top-of-the-line standard iMac.

Desktops are generally a better value than laptops, although with the iMac it's questionable because you have that built-in monitor; if Apple made a small desktop with all the computing power of an iMac that you could connect to your existing monitor it would be the best solution, but I'm not holding my breath.

My personal mantra is "Linux for laptops." Since laptops are expensive, my policy is to buy refurbished laptops for cheap and install Linux on them for my mobile computing needs. For serious sit-down work, I use a desktop.
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Re: Apple buying advice

PostThu Feb 08, 2018 6:28 am

Something to consider, the 2012 and 2013 MacBook Pro's had that cheap solder used, and if you have used it for any period of time, that could be the problem. The connections can get worn down. I had a 2012 and my video went out, well moved to a bunch of lines going through it. The machine was always running hot during the end.

New Mac's are good options though.
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Re: Apple buying advice

PostSat Feb 10, 2018 7:42 am

Resolve is a filthy, fat, pig. It's going to take everything you've got and before it finishes it's appetizer it's going to want dessert. As soon as I fire up Resolve my battery life drops to an hour instead of six or eight from casual use. Get a PC if you can stomach the archaic interface, if not get the best Mac you can afford and relegate yourself to limited pro app performance from beautiful machine.

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