3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 29, 2013 7:07 PM by Miles Underwood
Scott Loeffler Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)

Greetings, Looking for anyone using a MBP with Aperture 3 + and the new Nikon D800.  Want to see how the MBP and Aperture are handling performance with the larger 36 megapixel RAW files.  Anyone?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Magnus Lewan Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)

    As no one else has answered yet, I have a Macbook Air, latest generation.

     

    You have to be very patient with Aperture and D800 photos. The tasks I checked randomly take roughly twice as long time as for D300 photos. I more and more appreciate the DX option.

     

    For FX D800 photos I tend to browse them with View NX instead, which is much quicker. And then I'm just a mouseclick away from Capture NX from more serious editing.

  • DiploStrat Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    Don't have a D800, yet.

     

    But I have worked with 100+ MB TIFF from scanned slides for years. And that includes working with a 2006 MBP with 2 GB of RAM.

     

    Others will add refinements but there are several stress points in the Aperture workflow that may show the impact of larger files:

     

    -- Basic file handling. Importing, exporting, copying, etc. may all be a bit slower depending on your HD and bus speeds, etc.

     

    -- Browsing and similar processes should show little or no difference once all of your thumbs are rendered.

     

    -- Loading images will be slower, especially zooming to full resolution. This will be driven by two different factors - the size of the file and the processing power of your GPU.

     

    -- Similarly, computationally intensive Adjusting, like Shadows and Sharpening will take longer to render. Other simple Adjustments, like white balance, usually show no slow down.

     

    The usual rules apply:

     

    -- As much RAM as you can afford and, if you see bad slowdowns, shut off other programs. A small refinement is to avoid switching from one image to another when Adjusting as this requires the new image to be read into RAM.

     

    -- Keep your Library on your fastest, emptiest HD. (Consider relocating your Masters onto another HD to achieve this.)

     

    There is one unexpected side effect to D800 RAW files - if you use plug-ins that make TIFF, a colleague reports that these run to 200 MB each. Ouch!

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    DiploStrat

  • Miles Underwood Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    I have one and love it. Current rocking it on the first gen 15" MBP with Retina. What questions do you have?