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Question 1: Can I use FCPX in this setting?
I think that question is best asked in a FCP X forum, but I can say at present FCP X does NOT support XDCAM natively in the workflow. You would have to use the Sony Transfer utility to make ProRes footage first. Premiere Pro handles all files natively and you can edit instantly.
- We have Mac Pro, 8 core systems with 20gb memory and an ATI HD5770 grafic card.
Question 2: Does that work well with FCPX/XDCAM?
Oops, answered question 2 in some ways. For Premiere Pro, your system should work just fine.
I looked at my old partner, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.
- But I see some troubles there too
Question 3: Does de Mercury Engine not work the videocard (Ati Radeon HD5770)?
Yes or no depending on your point of view. The MPE does work on Mac, period. The ATI card does NOT give GPU acceleration however. You can get more details here: http://blogs.adobe.com/genesisproject/2011/03/premiere-pro-on-a-mac-%E2%80%93-what-is-the- truth.html#more-546
Question 4: Is XDCAM editable on a non supported videocard on a MacPro 8 core?
Question 5a: Card for outputting my video to a reference monitor
The same 3+ that work for FCP, work for Adobe (AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox). The decision is based on your needs and budget.
Question 5d: Hardware Accelation
The nvidia Quadro 4000 for Mac would be a good GPU card to swap out the ATI if you wanted more power. However, I would advise buying that after you were convinced that Premiere Pro was the right NLE choice for you.
Question 6: Will it be possible to put a Thunderbolt card into a current model Mac Pro?
In theory, I expect to see 3rd party type Thunderbolt cards become available for Mac and PC - but I don't think we'll see them until later this year or early next.
Cheers and hope this helps,
MacPro 8 core
Query: I see that term thrown around a lot by Mac users. Does the machine actually have 8 cores, meaning two CPUs on the motherboard for a total of 16 threads, or are you mistakenly calling a 4 core rig 8 core simply because it has hyperthreading?
Many thanks for your anwsers! I'll check out your links! It seems there are no drawback I'll check the hardware options out at IBC2011, that will give me a chance to play around a bit!
I don't know for sure, here are some specs:
Two 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” (8 cores)
so I think it's really 8 core.
Holy crap on a cracker with that pricing, though. Man, you Mac fans reeeealy get the hardware shaft.
Well it depends. I was looking into a PC too, but when I went to get the same specific specs it really did not matter that much!
If you look at HP for example, they have good thrustworthy workstations too:
The starting price is 2500 (Ex VAT)(Ex, Grafic Card) Remember that the Mac is 3400 InVAT and Grafic Card.
But we are getting offtopic here
If you look at HP for example
I guess any retailer is going to charge a premium. I much prefer to build my own. It's the only way I can be sure to get exactly the model or part number I prefer. (And it costs a whole lot less!)