Will the new 13" MBP Retina be enough for professional video editing?

I currently edit on a 15" MBP 2.66 Intel Core 2 Duo. 8GB of RAM and 500 GB 7,200RPM drive, plus 4Tb external drives. It has been working well for 1080P Apple Pro Res44 in FCP. But a little slow rendering and struggles opening 10-12 webpages at once.

I'm looking for a portable replacement and the 13" Retina is attractive for long airplane/car trips.

This is what worries me:

1. Non-expandable RAM limited to 8GB (does the SSD make up for this?)
2. SSD only 500GB (728 is too expensive) (could use external drive for the road I guess)
3. Will it be that much faster?

Are these issues worth worrying about and is it worth it to upgrade at this point>?

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    I would personally go with the 13" MBP without the retina display. The CPU appears to be identical and the 2.9GHz i7 is standard on the higher end one in addition to a 750GB hard drive, an optical drive, and expandability. There's no discrete GPU in either 13" model so you may want to consider the 15" as the quad core processor and discrete GPU would both speed up rendering considerably. I do however understand the desire for portability and personally have a 2.9GHz i7 13" MBP which for me has been fantastic. I haven't noticed any slowdown on it no matter what I throw at it and I've been genuinely impressed with the performance of the Intel HD 4000 graphics. I'm not sure how big of an impact the reduction in size and weight on the Retina MBP will have but I've found mine to be extremely portable. Overall though unless you really need the retina display I don't know that the new MBP really brings anything significant to the table, especially considering the tradeoffs and the cost.

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  • i would not recommend it does not have a dedicated video card and that is a big factor with professional video editing. having a dedicated card allows for much faster and much more stable editing. if money is a big deal then go with the 15 pro non-retina it has a 650m wich is not great but not bad. Also when you get the non-retina you can add ram as you please up to 16gb and change the hdd out for a ssd on your own terms.

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  • I believe it will be good for editing, but it depends how fast the core you choose to get is. The fastest it is, the faster the rendering. But faster core means it will e more expensive. It is hard too choose. I am also still debating.

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  • Yes, and No.

    Stick with 4 cores min, and max ram.

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