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Joe Marler
Re: Is this why the new Mac Pro has been taking so long?
on Apr 5, 2017 at 4:12:56 pm

[Ronny Courtens] " I don't see the MacPro as something this vast majority uses or even needs. Not even those of us working in television or film production....a friend who works at a large tv production company...decided to buy 42 maxed out iMacs instead because the price difference did not justify the performance gains. And these guys need performant hardware because they produce long-form television programs that often involve heavy 4K multicam projects that they want to edit natively...."

Is their "native" 4k content H264 or ProRes? In general a top-spec iMac 27 does well on ProRes and lots of content producers use ProRes acquisition. It also does well on 4k H264 with proxy, but you must generate the proxies. We became accustomed to fast camera-native editing on H264 1080p, but that doesn't work so well at 4k -- even using FCPX on the fastest possible iMac. It is borderline usable for limited single camera editing, and it's much faster than Premiere on the same hardware, but it's not remotely fast enough for multicam without proxy. That would be expecting too much.

From one standpoint this is sort of a niche within a niche -- 4k H264 acquisition, native editing, no proxy. However 4k is everywhere now, regardless of final distribution resolution. H264 acquisition is very common and nobody who's gotten used to native editing wants to go back to transcoding. For this scenario either a well-equipped Mac Pro or an improved iMac 27 would help a lot. Fortunately it appears Apple is working on both of these, based on the recent announcements.


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