Can anyone offer a bit of advice? I am stressing and could definitely use some peace of mind, or a firm no.
I like everyone else was looking for a better update to the Mac Pro, but alas...while the current Mac Pro is a beast of sorts, its expensive and lacks Thunderbolt, etc.
I am, however, pretty impressed with the new Retina Macbook Pro, and I have been needing to update my 17" 2009 CoreDuo MBP for awhile now with something better.
So I'm about to pull the trigger on that, BUT:
Thing is, I have a RED music video project to edit (and do some color grading work on, as well as minor AfterFX work), and I need to know whether or not I can manage an edit in RAW with such a machine using Adobe Premiere CS6. Will likely be editing on a 2K or 1080p timeline as I will be delivering for web. We shot on Epic @ 5K, as well as 2K for slow motion. Happy to monitor at 1/2 or 1/4 resolution for playback, as long as final video quality is not affected.
I will be editing off a Thunderbolt RAID, and color - if it doesn't end up being done by a pro colorist on DaVinci - will be done by myself via a Thunderbolt I/O device such as a T-Tap or UltraStudio3D to a broadcast monitor and either through SpeedGrade, Apple Color, or on the timeline with Red Giant Colorista2 and Looks (I have all of these programs).
I am looking at the fully maxed out Retina Macbook Pro 15" (2.7Ghz i7 with Turbo Boost, 16GB RAM, 768 GB SSD, 1GB NVIDIA GPU).
I know I could get a PC desktop and have plenty of power on tap, but I do value my mobility and MacOS (and all the app licenses tied to MacOS) for the time being, and as I very rarely edit projects shot on RED myself, I would rather hold on buying a big heavy and expensive powerhouse PC desktop for a bit longer if I can get away with it. And I don't feel comfortable investing in a MacPro tower without Thunderbolt - if that ever comes out even...
So while I have heard of some people handling basic RED edits without much issue on Premiere on laptops (including a friend of mine), I wanted to seek a more definitive answer as to whether or not this project is feasible, or a fool's errand on such a machine.
Hoping I don't need a Red Rocket in a Thunderbolt enclosure either, as I might as well buy a 12-core desktop for the price.
Please let me know if I can answer any further questions. Thank you so much, I know these types of queries can be annoying, but I really need a helping hand.