DAV's Tech Table by Dave Helmly
In this video Dave Helmly gives you a quick tour of Apple's New Mac Pro running Premiere Pro CC in various workflows including Multi Layer GPU Effects, 4K, Mixed 4K timeline, the power of Dual GPU Exporting vs CPU (software/CPU) , and finally GPU based Debayer for Red RAW R3D files. Also featured in the video are a quick peek at the new LG 21:9 UltraWide QHD Monitors , Promise Pegasus 2 Raid, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 and more.Special thanks to Sony, Panasonic, Mammoth HD and Devin Supertramp for the use of their footage.
I’ll start off by saying that this New Mac Pro is pretty amazing given it’s size. If there is an award for a size to workflow power ratio this machine would wins hands down. Only to be followed only by the Gigabyte Brix Pro w/Iris Pro5200 which measures 5” – but that’s another story.
I’ve been reading various blog articles on the performance of this New Mac Pro and decided I should share some of my findings and do a quick video blog showing what I’m seeing and testing.
As many of you know, I tend live on the high-end of tech working closely with our various vendors and partners and their hardware prototypes giving feedback on early hardware as it relates to new high-end workflows for our Pro Video customers. I also try to pick add-on components that truly enhance the user experience and to expose those technologies that will tend to make a make a difference.
I mention this because this New Mac Pro has inspired a whole new set of add-ons . Take the new LG 21:9 UltraWide QHD for example - which at first glance might not seem like a big deal – but this is actually a very well thought out display. (Take it from me, I used to work for Radius/Supermac back in the early days used to live and breathe high quality monitors and graphics cards). This display has Thunderbolt 2 (two ports) , USB 3, two USB 2 ports, Displayport, HDMI, and a headphone jack. This means, I can connect more than 1 computer to it and use the monitors built in controls to switch from computer to computer. It is missing an Ethernet port ( the Apple 27”has a built in GiGe port) but it was easily solved by buying a GiGe USB to Ethernet adapter for 29.00 on Amazon which keeps my Thunderbolt ports open for the mac . This monitor is also a must have for any RED Dragon 6K user as it gives you the closest a edge to edge picture at 21:9 that I’ve seen yet and colors are excellent. read more...