I have had a look through some of the other posts and I am struggling to
make an informed decision about which way to go in terms of Mac Pro or Mac Book
Pro 17". I currently use PCs and regularly get frustrated by the
slow performance levels associated with Windows etc. So I am looking to
switch to Mac as I am hoping that the overall integration in terms of software
etc. is better executed.
Where I am struggling is which is going to be the better choice in terms of
hardware investment between a Mac Pro (and what level of spec to go for if this
is the best choice) and a 17" Macbook Pro.
I shoot and edit video for work to create various training and internal news
magazine type outputs.
I tend to shoot on Sony XDCAM EX in both 1080p and 720p as well as receive
mixed content from a number of sources e.g. MPEG2, MPEG MTS files in 1080 50i
as well as flash video.
Often they need to be managed on the same time line either as fully mixed
content or as nested sequences.
I have to create various animated comps to accompany voice over sequences
often made up of text, layered Photoshop images, vector graphics etc. both in
3D and 2D space with various visual effects applied. These are mainly
created in After Effects CS4.
So I was wondering which way to go in terms of Mac and which spec? I
want to move to Final Cut and make use of icolor as well as use the machine for
producing After Effects comps for use in my final edited sequences.
Also is there any specific issues that I would need to be aware of in terms
using XDCAM EX material in FCP?
do you need to retender everything as ProRes first?
and what is the time overhead like if that is a necessary part of the
I was looking at coupling which ever is the more practical choice with a
Matrox MXO2 with Max to offload H.264 rendering as ell as providing a good
means of calibrating an external programme monitor for color grading etc.
Thanks in advance for any help or guidance provided.