Hey everyone, I'm a part time FCP user, I make instructional videos for my business, talking head, single camera, usually not more than an hour long, about 5 videos a year, editing .264 directly off an external USB drive. My trusted late 2011 MacBook Pro just died and it's time for a new computer.
I love the size of the new MacBook for my lifestyle and I'm wondering if it will run final cut. I don't care much about export times, just that it runs no worse than on my old machine. I'll get a pro if I need to, I'm just wondering if anyone has tried to work off a MacBook and how it went?
It should run FCPX just fine for the workload you describe. I have done a fair amount of editing on a top-spec 2013 MacBook Air, which is roughly the same performance as the MacBook. I have even edited H264 4k material using proxy and that works OK.
I don't like the single USB-C connector on the Macbook, nor the lack of an SD card slot, nor the lack of MagSafe charging connector, but it is thin and light. OTOH USB-C means you can charge it from a portable battery pack, provided you have a USB-C cable.