Currently Being ModeratedMar 20, 2013 6:13 PM (in response to skier1260)
First, new Macs now come with Mt. Lion preinstalled. FCP7 was discontinued over 18 months ago and is not officially supported on either Lion or Mt. Lion. Whether the new MBP is a Retina model or not, that's not the issue. It's whether or not FCP7 will run on Mt. Lion. I'm not saying you can't run FCP7 on 10.8, just check this out thoroughly before buying. Some users say they are running it fine, others have had problems.
Second, while the Retina display is nice, if you are primarily using an external display it doesn't much matter whether the MBP has a Retina display or not.
Third, check the I/O ports you need, as there are significant differences between the MBP and the rMBP:
- The MBP has 1 Thunderbolt, 1 native FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB3, audio IN and audio OUT
- The rMBP has 2 Thunderbolt, NO native FireWire or Ethernet, 2 USB3, HDMI out, audio OUT but NO audio IN. I consider this a significant limitation for video editing and field use. There is no audio IN plus you need adapters for FW or Ethernet support. In my experience the Thunderbolt-FW adapter is fine for general storage I/O but leaves things to be desired if you are doing video editing or live capture via FW.
Fourth, regarding your external HD, which you intend to use for editing, USB (including USB3) is imho not up to supporting the demands of video editing. While the rated USB3 speed may make it look like it can handle video, there are other aspects of the USB protocol that can cause problems, usually at critical moments, as in dropped frames and other gremlins. FireWire, on the other hand was practically designed with video editing in mind. There are significant differences between the USB and FW protocols that impact their relative capabilities. The nominal burst speed of USB3 is not the spec to rely upon, and anyway the gRAID mini is only USB2. If you are planning on editing high def video, don't plan on using USB drives.
Bottom line, if it were me I would choose your Option #1 (the regular MBP).
Currently Being ModeratedMar 20, 2013 6:52 PM (in response to MartinR)
I am planning on getting the Sonnet esata to thunderbolt adapter for the speed. Also so there isn't much difference between an internal flash drive and an internal serial drive besides a little bit of speed difference?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 7:46 AM (in response to MartinR)
I am not to worried about the ports, both machines have the ports need, I am just curious if final cut 7 will run better on flash architecture or a standard 7200 rpm drive? One part of me is saying go with the newer design strictly because it is newer technology, but another part is saying go with the regular version because its been used for final cut 7 for years. I could care less about the retina display, I just want a fast machine that works well with final cut 7.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 8:01 AM (in response to skier1260)
SSD's wear out with a lot of writes unlike hard drives and at least in #1 you can change it and increase the RAM, clean the fans and cooling fins of dust.
Ideally you should get a MacPro, but Apple hasn't updated this machine in years now so it's looking like they are exiting the professional user market.
Also Apple discontinued the 17" MacBook Pro, with it's 1920 x 1200 pixel screen was ideal for 1080 content for a nice pixel to pixel match.
Another thing Apple did was move OS X to a annual OS X upgrade cycle with the release of 10.8 only a year after 10.7, this annual OS X upgrade causes massive headaches for established workflows and investment in software.
If your going to buy something you should be looking at a Windoes 7 tower, that way your investement in software will remain as so until 2020 at least and not just a year under OS X.
Apple has BootCamp on Mac's for a reason, it's to send certain users on their way and off the Mac as they focus primarily on the consumer market where they can just upgrade the operating system on them anytime they wish.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 12:43 PM (in response to ds store)
Thank you for your response, as I am freelance videographer/editor I do not require an incredibly powerful machine because my videos only range from 1-10 minutes. I am going to go with the regular 15" macbook pro because it seems to fit my needs. I just wanted to further research the performance of flash architecture vs. serial drives for video editing. It is a **** shame that apple seems to be ruling out the proffesional market as I enjoy there operating systems, at least leopard and snow leopard we will see about lion it seems like it could be a little to much for me. For now I guess I will try to milk as much as I can out of apple's current semi-professional market. Again thank you for the response.