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I'm using Gopro Fusion Studio to render 5.2k content before editing with Adobe Premiere. I never had problems rendering 4k but 5.2k makes the app crash.

My Mac:
MacOS Version: 10.13.5
Model: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
Processor: Intel Core i7 2.9Ghz
Memory: 8Gb 1600MHz DDR3
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536Mb
SSD disc

But I can render with this Mac:

MacOS Version: 10.12.6
Model: MacBook Pro (Retina 13-inch, Early 2015)
Processor: Intel Core i5 2.7Ghz
Memory: 16Gb 1867MHz DDR3
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6100 1536Mb
SSD disc

I took some screenshots of Activity Monitor when rendering with my Mac:

  1. After reboot

    After reboot

  2. Fusion Studio open ready to render

    Ready to render

  3. While rendering before a crash

    Rendering

  4. After app crash

    After crash

I admit that my computer may be in the minimum viable threshold regarding Gopro's minimum system requirements. And this got me wondering if upgrading to 16Gb 1600MHz DDR3 would make any difference or if the major problem is with my GPU.

Thanks for your time.

  • I think it'd be helpful to see any crash logs or errors, if those are available. – Scottmeup Jun 26 '18 at 0:33
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Only you can answer the question as to whether an upgrade is worth it or not, but I do have some observations to make.

Firstly, your mid-2012 13" MBP doesn't actually meet the system requirements in terms of GPU. The page you reference specifies the following GPU requirements for macOS:

Intel Iris Pro Graphics (MacBook Pro 13'' or 15'' mid-2015) Recommended: Dedicated GPU like AMD Radeon R9 M370X or better Minimum Video RAM: 4 GB RAM

That is, the minimum is a 13" MBP from 2015 and yours is from mid-2012. This implies as a minimum you'd need an Intel Iris Pro 5200, not the 4000 series you have. The 13" early-2015 model you have that works better has the Intel HD Graphics 6100 which can use up to 1.5GB of your RAM.

The second observation is that the specs of your mid-2012 MBP's GPU is that it can only use up to 1GB of RAM, not the 1,536MB you specify in your question.

So, while I'm a big believer in having more RAM, in this case for this specific purpose it's probably not going to add much life to this machine. Sure, it's worth doing for other uses (especially since the Intel HD Graphics 4000 uses up to 1GB of your MBP's RAM for its VRAM, so having more is going to be useful when running multiple apps simultaneously), but the benefit you'll get with Gopro Fusion Studio to render 5.2k content is questionable since you don't meet the minimum GPU specs anyway.

  • Thanks for your answer Monomeeth. It's curious that "about my mac" states 1,536MB but I have a print from Sierra or El Capitan that shows 1Gb. Either way, I'm with you, I guess my major problem is the GPU and adding RAM maybe wont change a thing with Fusion Studio. And let's face it, Gopro software cannot be compared with Adobe lol regarding optimization of course. – GuilhE Jun 26 '18 at 9:55

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