Getting one of the new Mac Pros

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Richrebel, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. Richrebel macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2014
    Hello there first time poster here just asking some questions about the New Mac Pro.

    I have been a freelancer for a couple of years mainly making promo videos and short films with budgets. My main issue however is that despite being an editor myself I usually either have to borrow a workstation or rely on my business partner who owns a 3 year old iMac to get any editing done. This has understandably been a massive issue as I am always having to work around other peoples schedules. It also means that I have to travel up to 30 miles to do any type of editing or drop off footage.

    I have finally saved £2750 for my own video editing workstation and was thinking of grabbing a near base spec Mac Pro for my editing needs. I was just wondering whether the Mac Pro would be able to suit my needs which is mainly Offline at the moment. I would like to also expand into colour and Online editing so that I can become more self reliant later.

    My main editing programs at the moment is Premiere Pro CS6 and Final Cut Pro 7. I haven't really warmed up to FCPX at the moment because I feel as if I should have more controls over what to do with the footage. I can imagine Premiere hasn't been optimized for the architecture yet but I am guessing the standard codec I cut with (50mbps 422 XDCAM) should be fine.

    How would this spec stack up for mainly 2k footage?

    3.7GHz quad-core with 10MB of L3 cache
    16GB (4 x 4GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
    User's Guide (English)

    Would maybe later on this spec be ok for some basic 4k editing or is this merely for the top spec 8 core, d700 setups?
  2. chfilm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    From what it sounds like, you'll be super fine! Just need to find some external storage!
    Basic 4k editing should work as well in fcp x!
  3. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    FCP7 and Mavericks I know a few have had issues with it might want to do some research for workarounds. Most FCP7 users refuse point blank to move from 10.6.8 period!
  4. ZnU macrumors regular

    May 24, 2006
    Latest version of Premiere CC has both OpenCL and dual GPU support.
  5. Richrebel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2014
    That is great news I have decided to go ahead with the Mac Pro thank you to everyone for their feedback! :)

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