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  • MacBook Pro Retina vs. MacBook Pro non Retina

  • Don Scioli

    June 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I was just at the Corte Madera Apple store in California and placed a new 15 inch MacBook Pro Retina alongside a plain MacBook Pro and ran a commercial we just produced at 720 HD res from YouTube. As they ran simultaneously. I was not impressed by the retina image, it looked murky and crushed. I did an “unofficial” survey of customers in the store and asked their opinion and everyone picked the older MBP as having the better looking image. It was a spot that was very saturated with vibrant colors. (see below)

    https://youtu.be/mk0A7RPpIJE

    Since video is the most important component of what we do, I don’t get this technological “benefit” if it does not look good. I use Mac Pros, so this does not directly effect me, but in the future, I’m not sure.

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  • Dave Jenkins

    June 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I just did a side by side of your video as I received my Retina MPB today. The image is a little more crushed on the Retina but it look a lot better than my 2008 MBP which the image looked washed out like the blacks were raised. There was more detail in the shot of the bowls on the table.

    Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
    MacPro Two 2.8GHz Quad Core – AJA Kona LHe
    FCS 3 OS X 10.6 QT 10

  • Daniel Frome

    June 16, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Yes, I’m curious about this as well. Regardless of people’s personal opinions regarding apples pixel doubling technology in the retina display, it has proven to have excellent black levels as well as whites [both ends of the spectrum are among the best of any laptop ever [. It will be interesting to measure this more in the future.

  • Brooks Tomlinson

    June 16, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Hey DaVe,
    Sorry to bombard you with a question about your shinny new MacBook. But I have to know. Does the retina MacBook run the mercury engine in adobe premiere pro? (so when you start a new premiere project, does it give you the option to choose “mercury playback engine” in stead of a greed out “CPU playback” only)

    If the answer is yes, did you intall the Cuda drivers?

    Thanks,
    Brooks

    Brooks Tomlinson

  • Jiggy Gaton

    June 16, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I just don’t get it… batteries glued to the case and memory soldered to the board… what are they thinking? I guess they expect folks to just buy a new computer now every 2 years. But thanks for your review on the display… I have no problem with the current generation of displays… they look pretty darn good to me as is. especially when you connect a thunderbolt 27″er to it 🙂

    Phoenix Studios Nepal: A small A/V Production House in Kathmandu.

  • Jiggy Gaton

    June 16, 2012 at 4:34 am

    good questions Brooks. I am also wondering…also why all the Motion content was updated (As well as other apps) for the new display? What’s that all about… perhaps you have to use updated content to get the most outta the new display… huh?

    Phoenix Studios Nepal: A small A/V Production House in Kathmandu.

  • Dave Jenkins

    June 16, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I haven’t installed CS6 yet. I’ll report back when I do but I don’t have much experience with Premiere.

    Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
    MacPro Two 2.8GHz Quad Core – AJA Kona LHe
    FCS 3 OS X 10.6 QT 10

  • Brian Mulligan

    June 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Did you run the video Native 720 or Full screen?

    Brian Mulligan
    Senior Editor – Autodesk Smoke
    WTHR-TV Indianapolis,IN, USA
    Twitter: @bkmeditor

  • Don Scioli

    June 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I ran the YouTube setting @ 720 and went full screen on the MacBooks through YouTube.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    June 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    [Jiggy Gaton] “good questions Brooks. I am also wondering…also why all the Motion content was updated (As well as other apps) for the new display? What’s that all about… perhaps you have to use updated content to get the most outta the new display… huh?”

    So it looks better on the retina.

    Small little GUI elements will appear soft and pixelated on the much higher res retina (they will look
    scaled when not viewing in their native res).

    FCPX was updated as well.

    All applications will need it eventually.

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