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David Willis
Best Mac for Adobe Premiere 4K editing now?
on Jul 4, 2017 at 9:52:31 am

Hi. I'm looking at getting either a

1. 2013 Mac Pro 6 core with D500s, or a
2. 2012 Mac Pro 12 core with a nice nvidia card.

Either one would have 64 gigs of RAM, a fast RAID, and internal SSD.

I need to edit a 4k feature film (I'll use proxies if I need to). Likely it'll be Arri Alexa footage.

My concerns are:
1. Heat -- the edit room is not well air-conditioned, and if one of those computers throws off less heat, than that's the one I want. I haven't been able to find definitive research on that. I won't be doing a lot of rendering, if that matters. Although my current 2008 Mac is too damned hot no matter what.
2. Ingesting. No thunderbolt or USB 3 on the 2012 Mac, so it'll be slower ingesting unless I use a PCI slot for a USB 3 interface, right? (I can do that, right?)
3. Newer OS X versions leaving the 2012 model behind. The 2013 seems like it would be able to handle more OS X versions coming down the pike.

I do NOT do AE, or anything that requires much rendering -- mostly straight cuts and fades.

And I don't have time to wait for the iMac Pro in December.

I'll also be using this for Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and general computing.

What do you guys think?


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Brent Marginet
Re: Best Mac for Adobe Premiere 4K editing now?
on Jul 5, 2017 at 7:30:41 am
Last Edited By Brent Marginet on Jul 5, 2017 at 7:32:04 am

You won't notice much difference in heat between the 2012 - 5,1 and the 2008 - 3,1 possibly even more in the 2012.
I would suggest just finding a way to put the system outside of the room and extending your Monitor and USB Cables.
35' DVI Cables are easy to get and reasonably priced.

You can install a USB 3 Card in both the 2008 and 2012 Models. There are Generic Cards that work in Macs but not all of them will so you may have to do a bit of searching to find one. There are also quite a few of the Generic Cards that have a Molex Power Connector that must hooked up which is a PITA to do in the Mac Pros. Sonnet Cards are expensive but they always work in Macs and are very reliable.

I think the 2013 Trash Cans to be overpriced Toys so I wouldn't even look at one at all.
I currently use 2012 - 5,1's for all my systems and they work great.

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Take a moment to place a value on it and then maybe add two more.
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