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Jeremy Garchow@Ben Rojas
by on Apr 16, 2012 at 2:45:47 pm

Of course we won't know how well it works until we get our hands on it.

That being said, what is interesting about it, is that Autodesk is actually developing towards (perhaps embracing?) a non MacPro future. Speaking only for the shop that employs me, we will probably remain with OSX for as long as we can. While Thunderbolt might not be the end all be all today, it's future is very bright. There's also rumors of a new generation of Thunderbolt coming out on the Ivy Bridge platform. If Autodesk is ok with how this might be going, and if they are actually optimizing for "lower power" (but still fast) CPUs in cheaper hardware, we are alright with that. A potentially new and tricked put MacPro is going to be a lot of money, and the Xeon CPUs aren't any cheaper. So if we need lower cost CPUs, committed to the Mac platform, then a company that understands that need makes me pay attention.

I was also glad to hear that Adobe optimized code for certain Mac laptops. Laptops are an aspect of our editing business.

To me, this is all exciting news. I am not scared about a MacPro-less future as long as I have access to video in and out with fast storage. Aja's ioXT line, recent announcements from ATTO's thunderbolt boxes (which means fibre/10GigE on laptops/iMacs) seems like this could be a reality. We need as much flexibility with our infrastructure and architecture as possible which means that potentially, any computer can be a finishing/workstation no matter what room, state, or country we are sitting in. To my eyes, this is all very possible as long as Smoke 2013 performance is on par and hopefully better than FCS3. FCS3 is not the fastest software, but it was pretty capable. To get the most lot of cs6, it seems a CUDA card and a PC is where the performance happens. With Smoke, it seems they are developing for a lighter weight future on OSX. It's very interesting.

Jeremy


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