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MacBook Pro For Video


The MacBook Pro is both powerful and portable. The 13.3 and 15" models sport the aluminum unibody design for which Apple has become so well known. The notable aluminum unibody design has a function aside from aesthetics; it provides a sturdy frame for the internals that can take more than a few knocks. The MacBook Pro also includes Force Touch on the trackpads.

The high-end 15" model includes a discrete AMD graphics card. Pro video users who want a mobile computer as their main editing platform will want to have discrete graphics for that extra processing boost. However, the graphics processing power offered on other 15" models and 13" models with integrated graphics processors is definitely adequate for lighter editing on the go.

The Macbook Pro 15.4" was the first Mac to get the Retina Display. You will be taken aback at how much resolution Apple was able to fit onto a laptop screen. As application support continues to increase for the Retina Display, the screen is simply one of the best to be found on any laptop. For reviewing HD video before, after, and during editing, or simply enjoying a quick break on YouTube or Netflix, the Retina Display doesn’t fail to please.

On-set work is a great application for a small, light, and powerful computer like the MacBook Pro that any professional can appreciate. Video can be played for client review or a quick rough edit made before the shooting day is done. On-set, digital-imaging technicians can set up a MacBook Pro to ensure that media from the day’s shoot is securely copied and backed up to prepare for the editing stage.

If you are editing for a video blog while traveling, the MacBook Pro provides a stable platform with full-fledged video-editing capabilities and Wi-Fi connectivity for uploading final output to the Web.

Thunderbolt 2 is also featured on the MacBook Pro, offering blazing data-transfer speeds. Copying RAW or 4K footage becomes fast and reliable. While there are two Thunderbolt 2 ports, you can break it out to other ports with a Thunderbolt Dock. Two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an HDMI output are also standard.

The Thunderbolt 2 port on the MacBook Pro is often used by video editors to connect an additional monitor to their system. Both the built-in MacBook Pro display and the attached display can be driven simultaneously by all MacBook Pro models. Video editors may use two monitors in order to display a larger browser, longer timeline, more audio tracks, or color correction controls.

Since video footage can quickly fill the internal storage of any computer, Thunderbolt’s most obvious use is to connect external drives, which are necessary for large video projects. While small video projects can be saved and edited using the built-in storage drive of a MacBook Pro, larger projects often demand much more storage. The Thunderbolt 2 port ensures that quick accessing and playing of RAID hard drives will make video editing programs run as fast and efficiently as possible.

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