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A new 5K Retina screened iMac, upgraded Mac Mini and the launch of OS X Yosemite

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We were not really interested in the new iPad Air or paying with a thumbprint, but Apple's presentation brought a stunning new 5K screened iMac, an updated Mac mini and the release of the new OS Yosemite.

Apple have been fast off the mark and published Tim Cook's presentation quickly. No colour bars or Chinese interpretation over the top you will be glad to hear!

The presentation below is an hour and twenty minutes long, here are the times we are interested in:

18:30 Yosemite 

52:11 Presentation of Pixelmator and the video editing application Replay on the iPad.

1:01:50 The new 5K iMac including FCPX making short appearance at 1:07:43. Phil Schiller mentions that you can edit 4K video pixel for pixel and have room for the timeline and 'bins.' to be fair, the official press release gets it right!

"In apps like Final Cut Pro X, you can view 4K video at full size while still leaving plenty of room for your assets and editing tools."


The new iMac with Retina 5K display looks amazing, the invite gave us a hint that a new model was coming and it didn't disappoint.

“Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion Drive, and Thunderbolt 2, it’s the most beautiful and powerful iMac ever.”

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At 5120 x 2880 giving 14.7 million pixels onscreen, it is marketed as the world's highest resolution display. It is available immediately with a starting price of $2,499 with two processor and two graphics card options.

3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
4.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz [Add $250.00]
AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2GB GDDR5
AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB GDDR5 [Add $250.00]
The machine comes as standard with a 1TB Fusion Drive, but can be configured with up to 1TB of Flash storage. Bumping the machine up to 32GB of RAM makes the price top out at over $4,000. In the presentation, Phil mentioned that each of the Thunderbolt 2 ports on the back of the iMac were capable of 20 MB (but we think he means 20 Gbps) bandwidth per port which means these machines could be connected to a SAN and have local storage connected as well.

With 4GB of GDDR5 memory on the graphic card, it will be interesting to see how this machine copes with Final Cut Pro X and 4K workflows. One thing for sure, editing on the iMac with the new screen is going to look gorgeous.

The video for the new iMac is in the presentation, but we thought it would be easier to embed the standalone clip.


The second bit of hardware news that we like is an upgrade to the Mac mini. It doesn't get much love so it was good to see Apple launching new models.

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mac mini oct


Marketed as the world's most energy efficient desktop, it might be small but it packs a punch starting at $499 for the 1.4GHz model, up to $999 for the 2.8GHz machine. With HDMI out, two Thunderbolt 2 ports (are they on the same bus?) and upgrades to 1TB of flash memory available, this machine will make a small but very usable edit machine. One thing to remember is that the Mac mini has an integrated Intel Iris Graphics processor, so it will never be as fast as a new Mac with a separate GPU.

Unfortunately the Mac mini didn't get a video, but like the new iMac, the models are available today.

 yosemite oct


Finally for us, the news that Yosemite is now available on the Mac App Store is huge. A lot has gone into the new OS and as this is the first time Apple has had a public beta program, it will be interesting to see if it is published with a low bug count.

 We have set up a sticky thread on our Forum for people to report their experiences with Final Cut Pro X running on the new OS. Let's all keep our fingers crossed for a smooth transition!


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


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