Is there any way to edit 4k h.264 on a Mac WITHOUT creating proxies? I get that h.264 is a compressed format that requires a lot of juice to play back and editing in something like ProRes 422 is less taxing on a computer. I just don't want to have to take the time to transcode.
I get that Premiere isn't optimized for Mac. WILL IT EVER BE? PLEASE SAY YES?
I gave up on 4k after I bought a maxed out 2017 Macbook Pro and found that it performed almost no better than my 2013 Macbook Pro. So I returned it. Now the 2018 is here, and it sounds like it isn't much better in spite of 6 cores and 32GB or RAM.
I'm looking at my options: The new Macbook Pro? Get a PC? (pleae kill me) FCPX? Gah? An iMac? Can an iMac handle it?
1. What's the lowest end Mac that can effectively play/shuttle 4k H.264 in Premiere Pro? Is there such a thing?