Video Editing

Using iMacs to replace Desktop Workstations. A consideration.

Biscardi Creative Blog by Walter Biscardi

If you’ve been following along the past few months, you know we’re testing a very nice Dell Workstation as we plan the immediate future of our company and what computers might replace all the Mac Pros we currently run.   Since we’re an Adobe / Avid centric shop now, the Dell shows us how we might work in a cross platform world.

But as I have been using an almost 2 year old 27? iMac in both my Adobe and Avid testing for the past 6 months, the thought dawned on me, why not consider replacing some of the Mac Pros with iMacs?   Particularly now that Thunderbolt add ons are becoming more prevalent and giving us the same capabilities as all those internal cards we’ve used through the years.   In particular the AJA IoXT which is essentially a Kona 3 in a small box.

I purposely have been testing on the iMacs with an eye towards setting up a cluster of them for our Assistant Editors on upcoming series.   But this older one is performing so well, it got me to thinking of even replacing many of our primary edit systems with iMacs too.

While Adobe keeps touting the added advantages of the nVidia CUDA based graphics cards, I have to say their software runs very well on the ATI based iMacs.  In fact our entire shop, except the new Dell and the Resolve workstation all run on ATI cards and the entire Adobe Suite runs brilliantly on all of them.   We honestly don’t miss the CUDA “extra realtime features” because we’ve never had them. read more…

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AJA IoXT Professional Thunderbolt I/O for Mac $1,495.00   Matrox MXO2 LE Thunderbolt Kit with MAX and MXO2Thunderbolt Adapter $1,495.00   Matrox MXO2 Mini Thunderbolt Kit with MAX and MXO2Thunderbolt Adapter $949.00

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