I produce and edit an unscripted series of a live event that we’ve had good success taking the pilot on the festival circuit. We’re now about to shoot our first of 5 episodes of the series, but it’s a complicated edit b/c we have all kinds of formats and some slow-motion frame rates. Those details are below. For the last edit I used Premiere, but I’m looking to switch to Resolve for many reasons (but especially lack of speed and bugginess in Premiere).
I need to decide about new hardware for the edit and see these two options:
2: 14” Macbook Pro (10-core CPU, 24-core or 32-core GPU, 32GB Ram, 1 TB SSD)
There is a price difference, but it’s not huge. Editing the pilot was rough, even with Premiere ProRes proxies. I eventually had to go w/ a ProRes HQ timeline w/ the ProRes Proxy files and prerender small sections at a time so I could preview and export w/o issues. So, this involved a lot of ProRes rendering. I’m not sure if Resolve would necessitate such a workflow.
Given that only 15-10% of the project will be edited on the road (& the 14” even w the same stats as the Mac Studio), which of these options seems to make sense with Resolve? Thanks for any help!!
Sony FS700 – 4k 30p ProRes HQ422 (possibly substituted by Red Dragon or better)
2 x Panasonic EVA1 – 60fps in log
2 x GoPro Hero 9 or 10 Black – 5k 60p in whatever its native H.264 is (not Cineform)
2x Black Magic Pocket 6k in 30p
1-2x iPhone 13 30p in whatever format makes most sense
Drone (currently unknown model) – 4k 30p in its H.264
Thanks for that. I’ll be used an external SSD Raid running around 1500MB/s, so we should be good there. I was more wondering if the MacBook Air would be able to work with the kind of mess of a project as I’ve had before and if a Studio would make a snappier and easier editing experience than a 14″ MBP Max or simply the MBP M1 Pro. Any thoughts?