Hey guys, had a fun day at the Burbank Airport Marriot. Blackmagic had a little show & tell of their new products from NAB 2015. I was amazed by the Fusion Demo, realized that the need to shoot real/live action sets is diminishing every day. Resolve 12 now includes some NLE functionality, so they are moving into Apple's former territory. I walked up to the Resolve try out area and chided them on the overwhelming iMac 5K presence there. I posed Dwaine M. a simple question. If I was setting up a Mac OS X system (non-Hack) to run Resolve, what machine offers the best possible performance? Without a moment's hesitation, the answer was "5,1 Mac Pro with one or more Titan-X cards" Another amazing thing I discovered was that Plasma TVs are now similar to cMP. One of the larger color grading houses in LA did a presentation on their workflow. Each color grading station is started with a Panasonic Plasma panel that is professionally color calibrated next to their reference panel, then sent out in the field. The world may have switched to LED/LCD TVs but the folks choosing the colors you see on TV are still grading on Plasma panels. (They do a bunch of shows, among them CSI: LA and their reel had Chris Meloni busting down doors) So, the industry will hold on to older tech for awhile, as long as it is better tech. As the day went on I spoke with a few past MVC customers and various other working professionals. A couple people (myself included) admitted to owning a nMP. Nobody i spoke to was using it for heavy lifting. And this is not a thing of joy, but of sadness. Twice I was asked what they should do when the 5,1 really runs up against the wall of usability. I had no answer. BMD were running demos on iMac and MBPs. People in the industry still love Apple. There is no denying that the "cool" factor is at play. But a serious fracture is around the corner, and I heard the word "Hackintosh" whispered hither and yon. Nobody wants to leave Apple, but in point of fact, Apple has left them. Two different people begged me to come demo eGPUs for them. And one guy specifically suggested that Netlkas & I turn our attention to making the world's best Hackintosh, complete with an EFI that doesn't know it wasn't born & raised in Cupertino. I have run the eGPU idea by BMD tech support, they don't feel that the bandwidth will work for Resolve. I may take one there and find out. All in all, a fun day. They had good sandwiches and cookies (though white chocolate macadamia would have been a nice touch) and the new 4K cameras are really something. Smaller then ever before, and have 4K or 4.6K sensors with 800 ISO base. I was amazed to discover that people had flown in from all over, for me it was 15 minutes up Hollywood Way, didn't even face any LA traffic. But, imagine that the ultimate Mac for running today's Pro software is not something that Apple makes anymore. I hope they drop the insanity, but we know they won't.