PVC by Mark Spencer
How many streams of 4K can you play on a new Mac Pro?
This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training answer that question and more.
To be fair, a more accurate way to phrase the question would be: how many streams of UHD RAW, Optimized, or Proxy media can you play on an 8-core Mac Pro with 32GB of RAM and dual D700 graphics cards connected to a Pegasus2 R8 RAID via Thunderbolt 2?
Because the RED media we are using, 3860x2160, or exactly 4 times the size of a 1920x1080 frame, is usually referred to as "UHD" for Ulta-High Definition while the term "4K" is technically reserved for the full 4096x2160 pixels according to the DCI. But these days do a search on "4K" and you'll see UHD referred to as 4K everywhere. For the purposes of data throughput comparisons, they are essentially the same.
The other huge factor on throughput is the device storing the data, and the Pegasus2 R8 we are using (configured as RAID 5) is wicked fast. Not quite as fast as the internal SSD on the Mac Pro, mind you, but you aren't going to want to load that drive up with a bunch of 4K footage anyway. read more...