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  • Dave Jenkins

    January 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Here’s some test I’ve done with my new 2013 MacPro stock 6 core VS 2012 3.2 MacPro.

    Exported a 5 minute timeline unrendered with Canon XF C300 footage, DVCPRO HD 23.98, H264, ProRes 1080 422 & 720 59.94

    2013 3.5GHz 6-Core stock – Pegasus R6 T2 raid 800MB’s
    Time = 1:26

    2012 3.2 quad core with 32gig of ram – 4 hard drive internal raid 400MB’s
    Time = 2:47

    Could be the HD speed difference.

    To Render a 5 minute timeline:
    2013 = 1:58

    2012 = 2:30

    Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
    MacPro 3.2GHz Quad Core – AJA Kona LHe+
    FCS 3 OS X 10.7.4
    FCP X, Logic Pro, Squeeze, Filemaker 10.8.3

  • Steve Connor

    January 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for posting that, how is FCPX is day to day operation, is it noticeably faster?

    Steve Connor

    There’s nothing we can’t argue about on the FCPX COW Forum

  • Michael Sanders

    January 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Personally I’m not bothered about short things like a quick render, I want to know how the big tasks – the ones where you want big iron, like exporting a 30 min show or compressing to H264 take.

    But then see my mini review above..

    Michael Sanders
    London Based DP/Editor

  • John Heagy

    January 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    [Michael Sanders] “I want to know how the big tasks – the ones where you want big iron, like exporting a 30 min show or compressing to H264 take”

    This is why I’m lamenting the loss of QT reference movie export. In FCP7 I can export a 1hr ref.mov in less than 1 min and let Episode start encoding. With FCPX one has to wait for a self contained .mov to finish.

    John

  • Dave Jenkins

    January 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    9 min video to H264 for Blu-ray with Compressor:

    2013 = 6 minutes
    2012 = 8 minutes

    Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
    MacPro 3.2GHz Quad Core – AJA Kona LHe+
    FCS 3 OS X 10.7.4
    FCP X, Logic Pro, Squeeze, Filemaker 10.8.3

  • Keith Koby

    January 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    You wouldn’t happen to have access to an i5 or i7 mac book pro or iMac for comparative purposes?

  • Dave Jenkins

    January 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Yeah, I’ll hook up the promise R6 raid to my laptop i7 2.3 and run the export.

    Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
    MacPro 3.2GHz Quad Core – AJA Kona LHe+
    FCS 3 OS X 10.7.4
    FCP X, Logic Pro, Squeeze, Filemaker 10.8.3

  • Dave Jenkins

    January 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Export 5 minutes Timeline Macbook Pro:
    1:52
    Export 5 minutes Timeline MacPro
    1:26

    Render 5 minutes Timeline:
    Macbook Pro:
    1:32
    Mac Pro:
    1:58

    I ran this test twice on both machines. Same hard drive and the Macbook Pro had a faster render.
    The MacPro has the BlackMagic Mini Monitor with th 9.93 drivers. Maybe that make a difference.

    Promise R6 raid Speeds:
    TB 1 = 699 write 549 read
    TB 2 = 830 write 700 read

    Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
    MacPro 3.2GHz Quad Core – AJA Kona LHe+
    FCS 3 OS X 10.7.4
    FCP X, Logic Pro, Squeeze, Filemaker 10.8.3

  • Keith Koby

    January 11, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Yeah. This is where I expect the results to get interesting. We need to see the 8 core d700 and the 2 GB vram iMac. But the performance is pretty good on the laptop.

    Render vs export. I always preferred turning off background rendering and trying to work realtime as much as possible. This is what I tell my editors to attempt to do. I’m really excited to see how the d700 does. However, there are definitely times where third party plugins won’t play back in realtime (some of the edge stuff for example) and you need to render it to see it.

    For a bigger facility that turns out lots of material in fcpx, the time savings over a year or two makes the mac pro worth it. The retina mac book pro is a great choice for some based on that performance. The imac with the nvidia card is yet another great choice if you need Adobe performance as well.

    I haven’t got to test an imac on mavericks and 10.1, but from a GUI responsiveness standpoint, the 6 core mac pro we have was much, much better than the ML iMac. This was on a complex project. I can’t wait to get an imac up to mavericks and 10.1 to see just how much of that is OS and software vs the hardware.

  • Dave Jenkins

    January 11, 2014 at 12:27 am

    However the playback of the unrendered footage on the MacBook Pro was very bad compared to the Mac Pro which played perfectly unrendered with the better performance quality setting.

    Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
    MacPro 3.2GHz Quad Core – AJA Kona LHe+
    FCS 3 OS X 10.7.4
    FCP X, Logic Pro, Squeeze, Filemaker 10.8.3

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