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In December this Mac will run Final Cut Pro X the fastest and look cool doing it too

new imac 2012

We sat down to watch the Apple presentation from San Jose today in glorious HD on our Apple TV. Mac Mini and iPad Mini were no big deal for us, we were completely sold on the new iMac. From December this could be the fastest Final Cut Pro X machine you can buy.

How life has changed. We can remember watching Apple presentations back before the iPhone release. Nobody knew what you were looking at and to be honest they thought you were a bit sad for being glued to a laptop for an hour making fuuny ooh and ahh noises. Now we can watch the presentations live in HD on Apple TV and then get the highlights rebroadcast to us on the nightly news.

Watch the Apple Special Event Video from the 23rd October.

Our eyes lit up when Tim Cook invited Phil Schiller up for 'the Mac news' which to us meant more than one product. A new updated Mac Mini, Mac Mini server and the 13" Retina MacBook Pro were the hors d’œuvre to the iMac entrée. No MacPro desert unfortunately.

When Phil took the covering off the new iMac, was it there? The edge of the display is only 5mm. Although it's thicker in the middle, that is one thin machine.new imac 2012 2

It's the inside that is going to count and that doesn't disappoint.

27-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1440 resolution with support for millions of colours.

3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB L3 cache. Configurable to 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz).

8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory; four user-accessible SO-DIMM slots Configurable to 16GB or 32GB.

1TB (7200-rpm) hard drive Configurable to 3TB hard drive, 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, or 768GB of flash storage.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Configurable to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.

 

 

Also the usual connectivity you would expect on an iMac
SDXC card slot
Four USB 3 ports
Two Thunderbolt ports
Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

One feature that we noticed instantly was the option of the SSD/HD hybrid drive. Apple call it a 'Fusion Drive' and FCP.co regulars might recognise a similar concept in the rather aptly titled article we ran recently.

Until the new promised MacPros are released, (WWDC in June possibly?) a high spec iMac is going to be the fastest machine for FCPX. Our current iMac which is under a year old is fast with FCPX, but it won't be as fast as this new model. 

What it doesn't have is a retina display. If it did, would we be able to play pixel perfect 4k media?

 


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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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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

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.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

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.

FCP.co

Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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