4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 12, 2012 6:33 PM by BenB
Floppydog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How much would I benefit - honestly - from switching to the latest greatest Macbook Pro? Motion 5 CRAWLS on my computer, and I'm using a large empty external hard drive. Here's the Macbook Pro I have now:



  Model Name:          MacBook Pro

  Model Identifier:          MacBookPro5,2

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          3.06 GHz

  Number of Processors:          1

  Total Number of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          6 MB

  Memory:          8 GB

  Bus Speed:          1.07 GHz

  Boot ROM Version:          MBP52.008E.B05

  SMC Version (system):          1.42f4

  Serial Number (system):          W89380NW8YB

  Hardware UUID:          CDEF478E-D402-580E-81B8-268F70D1D400

  Sudden Motion Sensor:

  State:          Enabled


Thanks so much for your time. I tempted to blow several grand

  • 1. Re: Best MacBook for Smooth Motion 5?
    fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,770 points)

    If you were to get a MacBook Pro with an i7 processor and a fast hard drive (no less than 7200 RPM) or a "roomy" SSD (solid state drive) at least 8GB RAM and the best available video card... you'd be doing quite well, especially compared to a Core 2 Duo processor. But you have to realize, even the fastest Mac is going to bog down under the weight of complex Motion projects. Motion is a compositor application, it's not really about playing video. Take that under advisement before you blow your budget. The best aspects you can invest in are the video card and more RAM. Either the i5 or i7 would be suitable (although I prefer the i7 as a *virtual* 8-core with "Turbo Boost").


    If I were *trying* to talk you into buying a new Mac, I would more recommend a desktop over a laptop. Larger screen, faster bus, usually even better video cards, more connectivity... more options! Think in terms of "adding on" instead of replacing older equipment. And, how "portable" do you really need to be?? I still have my Titanium and original Intel MacBook (Tiger/Core Duo!) handy, and only recently (semi) retired my desktop G3.

  • 2. Re: Best MacBook for Smooth Motion 5?
    Floppydog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Fox. Noted. Drooling for the retina screen...

  • 3. Re: Best MacBook for Smooth Motion 5?
    fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,770 points)

    I hear that!

  • 4. Re: Best MacBook for Smooth Motion 5?
    BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,825 points)

    rMBP isn't doing Motion any favors.  I've worked on one and Motion is still as dog slow and bogged down as on any other Mac.  They need to update its render engine.