Originally Posted by SDW2001
No, that's not what it is supposed to be. It's a machine with more power for prosumers and creative professionals. Concerning what you're doing:
1. Why are you plugged into a hardline ethernet? No wireless?
2. Why can't you get a FW hub for your many attachments?
3. Do you really need them all attached at the same time?
4. Do you understand how much "better" the new line is? Faster processors, better batteries, etc...for significantly less money?
1. I use both - wireless at home office/ Ethernet at main office & printers- linked to FCP server Xserves
2. i wouldn't touch a FW hub for editing. stuff get dropped- and deck control on my Sony deck wont work trough a hub.
3. If your capturing from a tape source then you need port for the deck- then you need a port for your storage to capture to.- in my case a fairly portable/compact Sonnet raid- 2 pairs of stripped disks then one of those pairs is mirrored to the other- 5th bay /Drive is for Render files only.
So you need at least 2 dedicated controllers that can sustain data-flow- USB2 cant do this. and you certainly don't want to capture to your system drive.
You can chain firewire - but have found that decks like to be first on the chain and decks rarely have 2 ports to then chain a Hard disk from. Plus Sata for media drives is excellent.
Also while editing I need the raid attached with your media on the eSata and in a portable set up I route the Video and Audio back through the firewire video deck to a external monitor- on my Tower set up- i have a dedicated card for this.
Even when I work on a project that all the media comes from Card-based sources- I still need my eSata Raid- which i can't plug in to the 15".
I need to work in offices-home- hotel rooms and on location.What i plug into the computer changes depending on the job in hand/ format I'm working in. or what kit has been hired.
4. So the 15" is distinctly no use to me or 80% of the editors/video produces that i know- despite being a little more powerful- money is not the issue- if the machine can't do the job its needed for- then it doesn't matter if they gave them away for free.
Originally Posted by SDW2001
"Crippled the connectivity?" That's a bit extreme. I would like to know what you were doing before that you cannot do now. You have FW800, Ethernet and Wireless. You also have USB 2.0 and SD reader. What specifically do you "need" more ports for?
With the 15" i can't do the first thing i need to do in my workflow- log and capture- if a laptop cant do the basic then there is no reason for me to buy it.
I'm not saying or ever said that the machine is Useless to everyone-Good for set ups where you only need to connect a few USB devices- but if you need pro connectivity like me- and I'm no oddball in my edit set-up- then the 15" has now dropped out of the picture when looking for a new computers.- its an Macbook that can run 'Colour'
I need the laptop that has similar connectivity as my Tower set up- that will let me plug my kit in- if feel this is a basic need for me- 17" now is the only option- in a so called Pro laptop line.
I Wouldn't buy an iMac for the same reason- poor connectivity for video production- Mac towers/ MacPro have expansion possibilities. thats why we buy them- thats why we used them when they had an 8th of the processing power that they have now.
You can sell the most Powerful Tractor in town that will run for 500-miles on a 1 tank of petrol- but if you cant attach a tow-bar on the back you wont catch any farmers buying it.
Hope I don't sound aggressive- just answering the questions you have asked