Thank you, Rob! I appreci


Thank you, Rob! I appreciate the info! Your great response does raise some ideas and further questions for me.

First of all, to answer your question, right now this is just a hobby for my friend; shooting outdoor hunts. His intention is to produce training videos and he also hopes to get some of his videos on some of the outdoor shows (a friend of his that I don’t know has such a show, so he has an “in”). So I expect that he will have hours of video that he needs to cut and edit, paste together, edit the sound tracks, and make it look “professional”, whatever extra that entails.

Based on what you said regarding rendering, and based on my expectation that the length of video he will be creating would require quite a bit of rendering, it sounds to me like he ought to go with the base 8-core model to max out the computing power (but not add ridiculously priced MHz by upgrading the CPUs). Do you agree?

Thank you for the pointer on Kona and Blackmagic. I had not thought about video capture cards, assuming he would transfer in over Firewire. Considering what my friend will be doing, what level card are we talking about here? Is that something he should consider up front, or is that more of a “wait and see” if he needs that?

And being that I’ve never done any video editing, I’m not quite sure what you meant by “external monitoring” … what would I be looking for there? We had planned on dual 24″ LCDs, if that matters.

As far as RAID goes, my thoughts there concerned video editing and rendering speed … I was thinking he could get a good boost from having the video on two striped drives. We would leave the OS drive alone. Is RAID not needed? Would he be better off getting a video capture card instead, if his budget allows?

I looked at Sonnet’s Tempo SATA E4i card, but they don’t list the MAC Pro compatibility — they only mention the G5. I also looked at Highpoint x4 4-port card, but they had fairly mixed reviews.

Regarding upgrading the CPU later, since these are Intel CPUs, mounted on typical Intel sockets, my thought was that whatever processor upgrade Apple offers at the time of purchase should also be compatible later on. I figured that Apple most likely has only two boards for the Mac Pro (Quad-Core and Dual Quad-Core), and they just put in whichever level CPU the customer orders. So whatever highest CPU the particular board and its BIOS could support for that socket type ought to work when upgraded later. Of course my opinion is based more on years of experience in the Intel/AMD world, rather than Apple’s. I do know that Apple could use a different ROM for each CPU that might go in a Mac Pro, but that would mean a different board for each CPU as well. I hope they’re not doing that …

Well, thank you again, Rob, for helping out. If you have any further thoughts here, please let me know.


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