you will going very backwards in performance with ANY Apple.
1) you need an nVidia card for MPE not ati.
2) Apples OS sucks at multithreading
3) you need a bare minimum of 3 HDDs realistically cant do that with MBP (at least until thunderbolt hdds are out) or with Imac.
4) pay far more for it that a windows system
5) bootcamping has issues as well.
MAC's are like hookers. They look sexy, they are expensive, and after you paid for it, you wonder was it worth it? Most of the times the answer is a simple NO.
Harm that was hillarious
I was pondering this same issue.
Harm's reply is somewhat what I perceive Macs as well....with the exception that I've never thought of any computer as "sexy"... but hey, to each their own.
- You can have Mac and Windows OS's running on one machine. Bootcamp is far better than any other "virtual / emulation" software running Windows.
- Thunderbolt; the speed is impressive...at least on paper. (Eventually, it will make it's way to the Windows world)
- No HARDWARE acceleration for MPE in PPro
- iMac HDD has to be replaced with a specific HDD from Apple. You may want to read this: http://blog.macsales.com/10146-apple-further-restricts-upgrade-options-on-new-imacs
- Thunderbolt; it's a first gen technology so use beware!! Connecting external monitors can be a nightmare. Another tidbit of info: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2774718
If your looking for a laptop solution, you may want to have a look at the Sager laptops. Though designed for the hardcore mobile gamer in mind, their specs may suit your editing needs. http://www.sagernotebook.com/
Whatever you decide, have fun with it.
-or another brand laptop with the following features
-the newer sandy bridge 2720 or 2820 quad processor
-and nvidia graphics preferably the 460m, 485m is a bit much
-1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card
-and 8 or 16 gig ram and Win7 64bit Pro
-and 2 internal 7200 HDDs minimum
We have 6 Mac Edit stations at our studio, I am the only PC user there I don't care for FCP I have been getting into CS5 for about 6 months becaues Harris VelocityQ is no longer supported, I just ordered a HP Z pro 600 with an invidia 4000 card 16 gigs of ram and other goodies for $2500 the Mac with the same power would have cost about $4600 plus, Adobe Premier is running 64 bit, FCP is still 32 Bit I was told the new and improved FCP is 64 bit and it sells for just $299 I guess Mac wants to off set the over priced CPUs with cheaper software also be aware that when Mac changes the CPU a lot of the software becomes incompadable like Affter Effects CS5 won;t work properly with the not much older Mac cpu chips, we had to buy new ones and that was not cheap. My 2 year old HP HDX laptop runs Abobe faster than our 1 year old Mac Pro