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- June 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM #66418aburke3Participant
First things first:
I've used Apple products for quite some time, but I don't normally use a desktop to get my video editing work done.
Even still, I think the new Mac Pro that was announced at Apple's WWDC event should be interesting to the video production community at large. It even seemed to be presented as a video editing machine by Apple's VP.
Who I think it will really serve:
– After Effects / Motion editors should be excited. The Mac Pro will be overkill for finishing off your HD documentary, but motion graphics always seem to need more power.
– Screen capture / instructional editors should also be excited. I personally make my records at 200-400% resolution, for added quality in zooming and moving around. This means the video I'm editing is actually 3K or 4K in size. Even a suped-up desktop workstation sometimes stutters through the edit session.
– Producers getting a jump on prosumer 4K video capture should be excited, too. By the time the new Mac Pro hits the shelves, a handfull of 4K-capable cameras will also be available. Since Final Cut Pro X is already 4K/5K capable, this Mac Pro should complete a nice package.
Since I dabble mainly in HD video documentaries and commercial work, and not motion graphics and animation, I have less of a need for the so-called 'heavy iron' workstations. A laptop connected to a fast external hard drive is all that I really need (and have needed) to deliver TV spots and social video content. Maybe 4K will change that.
What do you think?
My only fear with the new Mac Pro is that we'll be limited in our video card options; i.e., no more and no less than what Apple offers right out of the box.
Other than that, I'm really excited for it. The cooling system looks potentially revolutionary and I can't wait to see what they have in store for 4k cinema displays! While they didn't announce anything, I doubt they would tout the 4k output capabilities yet not evntually try to sell us the (thunderbolt) screen itself.
Re: 4K displays…
Apple is hosting a suspicious Desktop Wallpaper for the new OS X Mavericks.
The wallpaper is 5160 x 2880 pix, whch is just double the resolution of their current big screen.
Anyone want to place a wager on how much such a monitor will retail for?
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