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Offline gregholt

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The new Mac Pro (Dec 2013)
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:34:17 PM »
Read a few reviews about the new Mac Pro and most of them are only touching the surface, saying dumb shit like "the barrel collects fingerprints easily" and "overhyped design", stating them as disadvantages.

I don't think anyone can doubt it's epic processing performance. One review mentions 16 simultaneous streams of 4k with no dropouts, etc.

What I want to know is, whilst they're not the ultimate machine i.e. Boxx Technologies, is there a place for them as an investment for a DIT or is it just pure overkill? I'd really like to invest in one (maybe two!), but I'm not sure if I'll get a ROI.

Cheers!

Manky DIT

Offline joshua callis-smith

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Re: The new Mac Pro (Dec 2013)
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 10:28:33 PM »
I've done heavy testing in Resolve 10 for Dailies processing on a full spec Mac Pro over the last week.

The cameras i tested are as follows Alexa, Red Dragon, F65, F55, F5, FS700, Phantom 4k, C500, KineRaw, Sinacam, Blackmagic 2k,4k, Gopro and 5DmkIII.

In some cases i'm getting 4x faster transcoding for Pro Res 422 and DNxHD36 dailies then on the latest full spec imac.

However you do need a Thunderbolt 2 raid to achieve these speeds. The Mac Pro can process faster than its internal flash drive can write in some cases.

Joshua Callis-Smith
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On Set Tech LTD
www.onsettech.co.uk

Offline Luke McCarthy

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Re: The new Mac Pro (Dec 2013)
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2014, 03:23:28 PM »
Hey Josh,

Do you have the benchmark results for your tests?

I'm trying to compare the difference of transcode speeds in Resolve 10 from a full spec 12 core to a full spec 6 core..

Thanks

Luke