Nicolas Hanson

Best Mac laptop for DaVinci Resolve

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I'm looking for a home office solution (read: sofa solution) to run Avid and Resolve. I don't exactly need to run 8K in full realtime as the directors and clients aren't sitting next to me, but sometimes I will probably need to connect it to a client screen and have a session with others in the room. What Mac laptop would you go for?

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If you're talking new, There's only really one model, and that's the 16" Macbook Pro 2020.

I guess you probably mean what options should I purchase?

The base model starts at $2.8K and rises to a whopping $6K+ if you go for a maxed out system. 

My personal opinion would be as follow...

Don't bother with the 2.4gHz  processor over the 2.3 - just a 4% difference. (save $200)

Memory is the tough decision here. For many people 64GB would be a sweet-spot - especially if you're dabbling with Fusion. That's going to add $800 to the price.  If memory were up-gradable, I'd go for the minimum and buy more  myself, but you can't upgrade the memory in these models. I think I'd go with 32GB (+$400) and accept the limitations this might bring.

The Radeon upgrade to 8GB seems reasonable (+$100) unless you're considering an  eGPU setup, which will overshadow anything the  inbuilt graphics can achieve.

I would stick with the 1TB of SSD. With Thunderbolt you can attach lots of external SSD storage at half the price Apple will charge you.

This would make my pick retail at $3.3K - not cheap but Avid should run pretty smoothly with it.  The performance in Resolve is really going to depend on what nodes you throw at it, but you can't expect it to perform like a proper workstation with a high-end graphics card (or cards).

Having something like one of Blackmagic's eGPU boxes will really make a difference in Resolve, but you're looking at an extra $700-1200.

As far as connections to an external client monitor is concerned,  there's dirt-cheap (Ultrastudio mini monitor) or something with more flexibility like the Ultrastudio HD/4K mini

 

 

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On 6/6/2020 at 4:24 PM, Bruno Mansi said:

If you're talking new, There's only really one model, and that's the 16" Macbook Pro 2020.

I guess you probably mean what options should I purchase?

The base model starts at $2.8K and rises to a whopping $6K+ if you go for a maxed out system. 

My personal opinion would be as follow...

Don't bother with the 2.4gHz  processor over the 2.3 - just a 4% difference. (save $200)

Memory is the tough decision here. For many people 64GB would be a sweet-spot - especially if you're dabbling with Fusion. That's going to add $800 to the price.  If memory were up-gradable, I'd go for the minimum and buy more  myself, but you can't upgrade the memory in these models. I think I'd go with 32GB (+$400) and accept the limitations this might bring.

The Radeon upgrade to 8GB seems reasonable (+$100) unless you're considering an  eGPU setup, which will overshadow anything the  inbuilt graphics can achieve.

I would stick with the 1TB of SSD. With Thunderbolt you can attach lots of external SSD storage at half the price Apple will charge you.

This would make my pick retail at $3.3K - not cheap but Avid should run pretty smoothly with it.  The performance in Resolve is really going to depend on what nodes you throw at it, but you can't expect it to perform like a proper workstation with a high-end graphics card (or cards).

Having something like one of Blackmagic's eGPU boxes will really make a difference in Resolve, but you're looking at an extra $700-1200.

As far as connections to an external client monitor is concerned,  there's dirt-cheap (Ultrastudio mini monitor) or something with more flexibility like the Ultrastudio HD/4K mini

 

 

Hi Bruno,

I'm new in Lowepost and I'm a dir/DP who would occasionally grade music videos and short-films.  I recently got the 2020 16" MBP at full spec except the ssd (1tb). I'm about to start grading  for a short I DP'd a few months ago, do I need to calibrate the MBP screen for color accuracy? (I used to grade on a mid-2014 maxed out MBP before and hadn't calibrated it).

Also this is my display color settings for the MBP screen. Wondering if it's the right settings to start with.

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Not owning a Macbbook  Pro, I'm probably not the best person to answer this, but you really cannot do any serious colour grading on a laptop screen - regardless of the make or model.

Ideally, you'd want a separate grading monitor and a video output device from your Mac that bypasses all the OS colour management.

Of course, this costs money and may be beyond your budget.

I'd recommend you do some reading to find out the problems and the compromises you'll inevitably have to make if you grade from a laptop screen.

As a general primer in colour management, I can recommend Jonny Elwyn's web site. Have a look at...

https://jonnyelwyn.co.uk/film-and-video-editing/colour-management-for-video-editors/

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25 minutes ago, Bruno Mansi said:

Not owning a Macbbook  Pro, I'm probably not the best person to answer this, but you really cannot do any serious colour grading on a laptop screen - regardless of the make or model.

Ideally, you'd want a separate grading monitor and a video output device from your Mac that bypasses all the OS colour management.

Of course, this costs money and may be beyond your budget.

I'd recommend you do some reading to find out the problems and the compromises you'll inevitably have to make if you grade from a laptop screen.

As a general primer in colour management, I can recommend Jonny Elwyn's web site. Have a look at...

https://jonnyelwyn.co.uk/film-and-video-editing/colour-management-for-video-editors/

Thank you very much , I am onto some reading to figure this out!

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