FORUMS: list search recent posts

In need of Mac Pro Configuration Advice

COW Forums : Apple Final Cut Pro X

<< PREVIOUS   •   VIEW ALL   •   PRINT   •   NEXT >>
Howie Young
In need of Mac Pro Configuration Advice
on Jun 25, 2015 at 12:47:37 am

I’m considering using a Mac Pro to edit a web series with FCP X and am in need of some configuration advice. I would like the Mac Pro to be able to edit HD and 4K video.

Using the following base Mac Pro specs, what upgrades do you suggest making that aren’t terribly expensive, which would future proof this computer? What monitor would you also recommend?

3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 with 10MB of L3 cache
Apple 12GB (three 4GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory
256GB PCIe-based flash storage
Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each

Thanks!



Return to posts index

Noah Kadner
Re: In need of Mac Pro Configuration Advice
on Jun 25, 2015 at 4:40:15 am

Have you already purchased this spec? That looks like the entry level model. Obviously any area you spend more $ will help future proof. I'd go at least to the 6-core with the D700s but I have no idea how much budget you have to work with.

Noah

FCPWORKS - FCPX Workflow
Call Box Training


Return to posts index

Howie Young
Re: In need of Mac Pro Configuration Advice
on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:52:10 pm

Hi Noah,

No, I have not purchased a Mac Pro yet.



Return to posts index


Jeff Kirkland
Re: In need of Mac Pro Configuration Advice
on Jun 26, 2015 at 9:39:42 am

I'm using a stock 6-core Mac Pro and i have yet to run into something I can't edit but it does struggle a bit with 4k h.264 from my GH4s.

The most important upgrades are GPU and RAM. Those are the two factors that, if underpowered, will turn your shiny New Mac Pro into a boat anchor the fastest.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
http://www.southerncreative.com.au | G+: http://gplus.to/jeffkirkland | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


Return to posts index

Eric Santiago
Re: In need of Mac Pro Configuration Advice
on Jun 26, 2015 at 5:33:16 pm

Jeff that struggle will occur even on the fastest CPU due to H264 decoding on the fly.
When I acquire GH4 and all AVCHD/h264 footies, I convert to ProRes.


Return to posts index

Jeff Kirkland
Re: In need of Mac Pro Configuration Advice
on Jun 27, 2015 at 12:05:12 am

Agreed. I usually convert to ProRes but occasionally the project is small and needs a quick turnaround so I get lazy. Iif the going gets too tough for the Mac Pro I move the project over to one of my 27" iMacs.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
http://www.southerncreative.com.au | G+: http://gplus.to/jeffkirkland | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


Return to posts index


Howie Young
Re: In need of Mac Pro Configuration Advice
on Jun 26, 2015 at 10:19:11 pm
Last Edited By Howie Young on Jun 26, 2015 at 10:23:55 pm

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your advice.

What type of projects do you edit?

Do you have any other problems working wit the GH4 4K footage?

For the model I listed what would you upgrade the GPU and RAM to?



Return to posts index

Jeff Kirkland
Re: In need of Mac Pro Configuration Advice
on Jun 27, 2015 at 1:24:51 am

Most of my projects are corporate documentary with the occasion foray into television commercials.

To be honest, if I were planning to edit any great amount of h.264 footage, I'd be looking at a high end 27" iMac. My 2012 model leaves the Mac Pro for dead with native AVCHD etc. but as soon as you get your footage into ProRes, you start to feel the benefit of the Mac Pro.

I started out looking at the base Mac Pro but ultimately the one I got, the default 6 core made more financial sense than upgrading the four core.

I think 32gb of RAM is the sweet spot for FCPX, along with the beefiest GPU you can get, then more cores. Apps are relying more and more on the GPU so I think that's the place to initially spend your money on future proofing.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
http://www.southerncreative.com.au | G+: http://gplus.to/jeffkirkland | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


Return to posts index

<< PREVIOUS   •   VIEW ALL   •   PRINT   •   NEXT >>
© 2017 CreativeCOW.net All Rights Reserved
[TOP]