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Philip Haynes
Re: Does This Kill The Mac Pro?
on Nov 11, 2011 at 1:49:36 pm

We are all(users, hardware and software developers) in the same situation if we rely on OSX environment as a backbone for our work. We are standing on the edge of a cliff with the cloud cover upto the edge of the cliff and we don't know if there are steps down or it is a sheer drop of 1000m. For those working on normal editorial at standard current broadcast standards, this analogy will seem overly dramatic. Though for those of us that have found Lion a step backward which won't support some of our PCIe cards or has presented no advantage at all, our concerns are very real.

The supported output of mini displayport in OSX(which is less than the tech spec) is insufficient compared to that of a dual link DVI output, and as we are entering a huge escalation in the Pixel count wars, so how do you work with the content at its native res in a mac environment? If apple throw everything into the thunderbolt basket, which at the moment is still vaporware or untested in my work environment.

It very hard now, to know what to do, apart from buy as many mac pros as you can now, and then look at the options with a certain amount of leisure. And yes technically a hackintosh is a option...BUT if you are in time critical situation and anything goes wrong, well you will have to underwrite it as no insurer will cover you.

My circumstances are different to many of you as editing and content creation is only part of my workflow to feed exhibiting and live manipulation via a mac based environment.

Philip G Haynes
Live Visual Design and Direction

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