“We have had a week to put the new MacBook Pros through their paces,” Peter Wiggins writes for fcp.co. “What better task than to send the 13-inch and 15-inch inch to work straight out of the box on a real broadcast editing job. Over my 30 year edit career, I’ve seen equipment come and go, been promised that I can’t function without a certain piece of hardware of software and tested many, many different workflows and more importantly, expectations. So when I got the opportunity to try editing with the new MacBook Pros, I jumped at the chance.”

“I can see the Touch Bar getting more and more useful commands, hopefully one day we will be able to customise it with our own favourite FCPX keys and shortcuts,” Wiggins writes. “So why didn’t Apple have a touch screen? Well, they suck for non linear editing for a start. I had the ‘joy’ of trying out a new Surface Studio and Premiere in a Microsoft shop. Not mentioning the super-reflective screen, running your finger along the glass is actually painful. Apple’s Touch Bar has an almost matte finish, it is slippery, but won’t snag your finger. I had to resort to using the pen on the Surface Studio, which wasn’t great either. It might look good, but I wouldn’t want to work one for a long time.”

“They both make great machines to run Final Cut Pro X on. The display can show wide colour, the GUI looks very clean and easily readable and of course on the 15, the large trackpad helps reduce double finger movement and unnecessary clicking. Remember that Apple is the only NLE developer that has the luxury of being able to optimise the software and hardware together. Or in other words, things are going to run just about as fast as they can,” Wiggins writes. “We don’t think you will be disappointed with either.”

Tons more, including benchmarks, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you’re near an Apple location, stop by and see the new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros. They are impossibly thin and light, yet rigid – the photos don’t do them justice!

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