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Joe Marler
Re: Apple and Thunderbolt 3
on Apr 24, 2016 at 5:04:53 pm

[Tom Sefton] "So my rambling question is - if you can edit and playback 6K footage with a current new mac pro, what extra does more budget give you with a PC?"

Because you are doing this with FCPX, not Premiere CC. There can be a huge performance difference, although this varies widely by codec. Maybe a fairly high-end Dell workstation is needed (today) for Premiere to have the same performance as a nMP running FCPX on the same codec and editing tasks.

In your specific case you might be OK. But a Premiere shop might be forced to use a PC workstation, which undercuts Apple's main goal in this product segment -- selling Macs. It doesn't matter how good FCPX is or how fast it runs on a Mac if the customers are using Premiere or Avid. They simply have to get the hardware that fulfills their performance needs, and if that takes them away from Apple, then Apple may have lost them as a customer forever. As Premiere performance further improves, this reduces the PC hardware cost to equal a Mac's performance and makes moving off Apple even easier.


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