[Pros] What do you do?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Abulia, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. Abulia macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2004
    Kushiel's Scion
    I apologize if this is OT. It isn't my intent...I really want to reach those who use Mac Pros (the "pros") and this forum seemed the best fit. :)

    My question is pretty straightforward: For those of you who are self-employed pros using your Mac Pros as a business what is it that you do? What is your job function?

    This is more of idle curiosity than a career change...I'd really like to know what cool things you're doing! :D
  2. keaj macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006
    During the day I am really alot of things for 1 company. I am an application developer (ADO .NET), Web Developer, IT Manager, SQL Server Admin, Graphic Designer and I take care of all marketing needs. I wish there was one title that summed all that up lol

    My side business is Graphic Design, mostly corporate identity packages, logos, biz cards, websites ect. That is what I am trying to focus on right now. I find logos and corporate identitys the most challenging and also the most rewarding, because its got to be something completley different for every customer, something new, and still look professional and not like it came out of a template.

    I just got my mac pro and acd 23" (4 grand out of the door) and am planning on putting in more ram and more hard-drives as I go.

    Thats me :p
  3. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Video editing (obviously) in both SD and HD for documentary production, commercials, corporate video, DVD authoring, intense encoding for various web formats, my iPod, and other formats, pretty heavy Aperture use, very intense Motion graphics production, and games (in the remaining 1% of my day). I work freelance and for a big company as a film/video producer, editor, videographer, and DVD author. The corporate gig is incredibly boring as far as content goes, but it certainly has its perks. I'm in Miami right now filming some training segments for the company, a very short taxi ride from South Beach, and everything is paid for....very sweet. :cool:

    EDIT: My Mac Pro is also my DVD server to my Mac Mini hooked up to my HDTV (until iTV comes out anyway). 2.5 TB of drive space gives you space for LOTS of DVDs.
  4. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    Magazine Production (In Design), graphic design, web design (hand code some Dreamweaver), photography (Aperture).

    Going to be getting into film soon as well.

    Mac Pro 2.66, 3GB(soon), 160GB, 200GB, Firewire RAID 640GB, 23" ACD.
  5. Abulia thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2004
    Kushiel's Scion
    Any more pros want to chime in? I wanna hear what all this computing power is being used for! :D
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
  7. swingline macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    soon to be junior art director at an ad agency
  8. D-rock macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2006
    City of Angels, Left Coast
    VFX designer... 3D and compositing on a PC (bleh) is my day job, but I use my Macs at home for freelance motion design, editing, 3D, etc. If it moves and it's made of pixels, I'm into it ;)
  9. slabbius macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    I work with a multimedia agency and use my mac pro for video editing, mainly sd but soon hd since I'm getting a new camera and firestore (yay!). Plenty of time in photoshop, illustrator, and director.

    Dual 2.66 Ghz
    2GB RAM
    74GB 10,000RPM system disk
    74GB 10,000RPM scratch disk
    450GB Internal Storage
    360GB External Storage
    standard video card for now...

    I'm planning on adding 4GB and maybe the high end video card soon
  10. fusionstudios macrumors member


    Mar 13, 2006
    Pro Tools
    Digital Performer
    And hundreds of Virtual Instruments and Plug-ins. Works Like a Champ!:D
  11. rodpascoe macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2006
    Truro, Cornwall

    Wedding photographer
  12. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    I'm only a student but I'm in the final year of a Physics with Theoretical Astrophysics course. While I haven't needed sheer computational power before I've always wanted it. If things work out for me over the next week and I get the final year project that I've applied for then I'll be using the Mac Pro to create simulations. I also do some video production and graphics editing for a media design group on the side as well as providing them with technical support.
  13. daveporter macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2006
    Green Cove Springs, FL
    I make most of my income as an independent/self employed Registered Professional Civil/Evironmental Engineer designing water supply, wastewater treatment, wastewater reuse and industrial waste treatement facilities.

    I also freelance as a recording engineer and recording musician (guitar, flute, sax, and keyboards). Prior to becoming a Civil/Environmental engineer I made my living this way and still get the urge from time to time.

    Quite a mix of professions isn't it?

  14. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    too bad there's no land surveying softare for mac os x, or i would be all over a mac pro
  15. madbeef macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2006
    Architecture :)

    Doing a lot of heavy 3d modeling, rendering and lots o heavy posters-
    I use:

    Sketchup (still not universal and darn slow)
    Maxwell (well i cheat and use it in XP)

    FC Express
    Shake (Amazing preformance)
    and CS2 (Can´t wait for CS3)

    Rendering on this thing is just AMAZING.. Compared to my 2.8ghz P4 its 8.4x (maxwell) and 9.1x (maya) faster... Simply crazy - makes me wonder how many hours of my life I have wasted...

    Mac Pro + my 23 ACD = Best hardware i´ve ever bought..!!
  16. daveporter macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2006
    Green Cove Springs, FL
    I had the same concerns about AutoCAD. However, you don't need to concern yourself with that problem because the Mac Pro runs Windows XP faster then any PC that I have ever used, bar-none.

    If your surveying software runs on Windows XP and your data collectors interface via USB or firewire than your in business. However, if your data collectors use serial or PC parallel ports, you will need to find a way to connect them to the Mac Pro since it does not have any serial or parallel ports. For my Plotter I found a centronics to USB interface cable that worked fine once I figured out how to get the drivers loaded correctly in Windows XP. It is slower then using a direct centronics (parallel) connection but is speedy enough so as not to slow me down and it works fine.

  17. Mushroomgod macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2006
    illustrator...3d stuff

    3ds max/silo/vray/photoshop...some running well under Macos, all running well on my new shinny macpro and bootcamp. Very happy :)
  18. Monyx macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2005
    Wedding & Event videographer (P/T).

    FCS 5.1, CS2, Aperture, Nikon Capture NX

    I don't usually upgrade often, looking for 4 years productivity. Still use a DP500 after a brief foray into G5 2.3, I was well aware of intel when I bought the G5 but had a rethink so have sold it and ordered a 2.66 with the X1900XT for the longer term having also got the universal binary FCS5 software now.
  19. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    GFX designer & Artist

    Quark / InDesign / Photoshop / Illustrator / Corel Painter IX.5

    This will be the machine that will replace my Powermac G5.

    At the moment the 4 cores may be a tad overkill, but this machine is to last 3-4 years, so spending a bit extra on more power now will mean in a few years I'll still have a viable computer and one with still fair resale value.

    The iMac 24" looks lovely and tempting, but I'd probably end up upgrading it in 18 months.

    A mac pro is an expensive tool, but its a worth it for me.
  20. Videographer macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2006
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I'm doing the self-owned video production company thing right now. While a lot of what I do is Wedding videography, my username is more of a joke (an insult I use with my video-geek friends).

    I'd like to be doing more commercial work now that I have a good assortment of gear (HDV camera) and a machine that can handle some high end graphics creation. :cool:

    I also occasionally shoot short films and fancy myself as a director and/or editor(I'd like to more often, but time is a constraint). Right now I'm in post production hell on a short film we shot in June. -So many things keep popping up. Hope to finish it this week though. It’s looking very nice.

    By the way, the JVC HD-100 is a dream-come-true camera for indie filmmakers. -Highly recommended. :D
  21. artmonster macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2006
    I draw and paint comic books for Marvel Comics. While the comics are hand drawn, I still utilize 3D apps and photoshop. I also use a touch of digital photography to shoot models. I also use iweb to keep up with my website.

    currently using a 1.8ghz imac G5, But am ordering one of the 24" monsters next week!
  22. FOG Lite macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2006
    Sit in front of computer all day and night....

    I also do 3D architectural vis work using Max, Rhino, Vray and Photoshop. Most of it over on the XP side but I'm looking forward to PS in Universal.
  23. wsgroves macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Network/System Admin for a School District during the day.
    On the side I do photography / 3D Rendering etc.

    Vue 5 Inf, Poser, Photoshop, etc.

    I love the mac pro, it does all very well. Except I get out of memory errors in vue 5 but thats not the mac pros fault lol.
  24. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    yeah, we hook up our data collector via serial, and the plotter is parallel. where there's a will there's a way to hook it up, but since we already have a fine working pc, there's really no need to buy a new system.

    but we hate autocad and the new surveying software we have now (forgot the name for some reason, but it also uses autocad )

    they try to charge a yearly fee for the software

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