Testing gear on a December Afternoon

Over Thanksgiving weekend this year I finally pulled the trigger on a new MacBook Pro 16 after years of holding back and waiting. I have been constantly waffling on the decision sine the new models were announced last year. I wanted to ensure my wife was situated for work/school as she had been using hand-me-down devices, and I finally overcame some serious FOMO after so much time waiting. Even prior to that I was ready to go until Apple announced their move to ARM and leaving intel, something I was genuinely excited for. Over the last couple years I was using a first-generation iPad Pro, then a 2021 iPad Pro M1 as my primary computer, and pulling out the 2012 MacBook Pro Retina (now a glorified desktop after 2 failed batteries) when needing a desktop environment.

Once I was finally ready to pull the trigger time was closing in on when I anticipated the next generation of MacBook Pros to be announced, only for the rumor mill to deflate that balloon. After dealing with that FOMO, and a push from my family, I ended up getting the 2021 MacBook Pro with an M1 Max, 10 Core CPU, 32 Core GPU, 32GB RAM, and I have been so happy with the decision.

MacBook Pro 16 (2021) M1 Max chip with 10‑core CPU and 32‑core GPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD

Since I received the laptop I have been doing what I can to put it through its paces with video transcoding, photo editing, games, and any other tasks I do regularly so that I can ensue it satisfies what I was hoping it would do, and to make sure that I was happy with my purchase. To that point it had done everything without sweat.

On this particular day I wanted to get out of the house and take a couple hours to grab some footage of something I was interested in and put it through another test. I could have easily recorded a wall and done the same thing, but where is the fun in that?

I drove out to Brunswick Maryland where I have been countless times. I hoped to catch a train, and if nothing was happening on the mainline, potentially grab some footage of some yard operations. Luckily I was able to grab some video of a MARC commuter train arriving at the the MARC station at the end of a workday.

While I normally bring out a couple GoPros to record while I shoot photos, that afternoon I only brought out my Canon EOS R and took some footage with that just to see how things would interact.

And without a doubt, the computer handled the footage like a champ and barely even could be heard while Final Cut Pro imported the footage, moved the files, and transcoded them live while I learned the software. Something that none of my other computers could say.

Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f4 L Lens
Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f4 L Lens

This video is nothing special, and I hope to grow with the software, but this was the final product of a couple hours on location and some time on the laptop:

I couldn’t be happier with the performance of the computer during this quick test and this left me feeling a sense of inspiration to get out and try and do more. While I am sure Apple will do something this Spring to make me second guess things, I cannot imagine what it could be.

This computer is beyond anything I anticipated picking up, but I am thrilled with the purchase.

Products mentioned in this post:

MacBook Pro M1 Max 16″ (2021)
Link: https://amzn.to/3PE0HgK
Price: Varies

More affordable, but still a recommended machine:
MacBook Air M2 (2022)
Link: https://amzn.to/3YO5RLF
Price: Varies

GoPro Hero Black
Link: https://amzn.to/3HPshG7
Price: $399 as of December 2022

Canon EOS R
Link: https://amzn.to/3v1tkej
Price: $1799 as of December 2022


Please note these products were purchased with my own funds, however, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is no way changes my opinion of the product. If you are interested in the products that were discussed please use the links in the post to pursue them.

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