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MBP 13 Mid 2010 for FCPX? 04 Dec 2014 15:09 #56918

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Hi !!

My name is Rober and I'm considering to buy my friend's MBP 13 Mid 2010 that he bought in 2012.
I would like to use it for make amateur 1080 videos from my GoPro and from a Canon 550D.

The Hardware of the MBP is the following
- Inter Core i5 2.4GHz
- 8GB 1067MHz DDR3 (also considering upgrade to 16GB)
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 256mb
- 256 SSD drive
- OS X Yosemite

I've been using a basic Mac MINI late 2012 with FCPX and the experience wasn´t bad, until I've made a video from my holidays composed by almost 20 videos and photos and the FCPX was working reaaaally slow.
So the question is, will this MBP be more powerfull for making videos with FCPX?

Thanks!
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MBP 13 Mid 2010 for FCPX? 05 Dec 2014 07:53 #56969

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Hi RobMINI, welcome to the forum.

Honestly, don't do it. That MB Pro is a dead end with FCPX. You won't gain any improved performance levels and
as OS X and FCPX continue to be optimized, such optimization is based on current generation GPU/CPU and OS X technology. For the most part this means not much improvement in 2+ year old hardware, even less for 4 years+ years old.

If the "basic" Mac Mini means you only have 4 GB of RAM, it wouldn't cost too much to bump it up to 16 GB RAM. That will hep in (during) editing your Projects. But more RAM won't help much with importing or exporting, transcoding the GoPro footage though. You need good discrete graphics processors to handle this, and it can't be added to the Mac Mini.

Now if you want or need a laptop rather than the Mac Mini, that could make a difference, but then you really should consider waiting a bit to grow your budget to try and buy a newer model MB Pro.
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MBP 13 Mid 2010 for FCPX? 05 Dec 2014 08:13 #56970

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Thanks for the answer!

I was cosidering it just because a MBP gives me movility(ad the price is 700€), and the MacMINI(4gbRAM intel core i5 Intel HD graphics 4000)It's placed in my office, so I can only use it at work in my free time.

The problem I see to a new MBP is that a good one cost my like 1800€ and in the future I can't update it, and I really don't care too much if it takes more or less time to render the video. The problem qith the mini it that it takes like 15/20 seconds to upload the videos in the timeline

So in your opinion my friend's MBP is not going to work better with the FCPX??
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MBP 13 Mid 2010 for FCPX? 05 Dec 2014 09:06 #56974

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For adding your clips and images to the timeline more RAM in the MB Pro is good. Transcoding time is probably about equal between the two machines. The 4000 in the Mini is better than the base graphics in the MB Pro, but the MB Pro has the additional discrete GPU.

One thought, if you are importing a lot of photos, and if they are RAW files from your Canon, that can be the problem you have. You would only want to import images of higher resolution than your Project timeline if you want to zoom in on photos using Ken Burns effect. Even if you do want to use very high res stills, at least convert them to png or jpg.

Also, are you using the latest FCPX, 10.1.4?
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MBP 13 Mid 2010 for FCPX? 05 Dec 2014 09:33 #56975

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I use to add more videos than photos to the timline, and usually are in JPG(sometimes RAW). And I'm working with a FCPX 10.1.2

So in your Opinion, my friend's MBP should work fluid while making the video, timeline, chopping and a
adjusting the files?
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MBP 13 Mid 2010 for FCPX? 05 Dec 2014 13:53 #56986

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You'll be using a FW800 external drive for your media and Libraries. It'll work for small projects. I'd Optimize the GoPro footage so that MBP can play it back easier. It'll run fine for awhile. Eventually (year, two, three?) you're going to start doing larger projects and need to move up to a serious system.
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MBP 13 Mid 2010 for FCPX? 05 Dec 2014 17:28 #56999

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Yes, it will work. I had a mid-2010 15" MB Pro. It worked, AVCHD generally had to be optimized, or better proxy for editing. I would just export overnight.
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