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Softron ready for new Mac Pro

21 January 2014
Softron ready for new Mac Pro

Brussels-based Softron Media Services has been testing a variety of Mac Pro configurations, in different ingest and playback situations, to calibrate potential performance gains for Softron customers.

The Mac Pro’s range includes versions with 4, 6, 8 or 12 processor cores, as well as dual GPUs. Ingest and playback performance for Softron solutions has taken a leap forward with the introduction of the new Mac Pro, claims the company, and made it possible for Softron-based businesses to increase efficiency and throughput.

“Our aim in initial testing has been to determine what all this phenomenal power means for ingest and playback performance, so that Softron customers can choose the right specification for the kind of throughput they want to achieve,” said Daniel Tapie, CEO of Softron Media Services.
Ingest performance with Softron’s MovieRecorder 2 takes full advantage of the Mac Pro’s CPU, achieving one HD 1080i Apple ProRes (LT) ingest per core. Simultaneous ingest of 8 1080i channels is achievable on a higher-spec machines, without approaching the limit of performance.

Playback with OnTheAir Video 3, Softron’s automated playout software, exploits both CPU and GPU power, especially when using the software’s SMART resize and graphics capabilities, says Softron.

Resizing and graphics performance benefits from the Mac Pro’s GPU, and running on the base-specification Dual D300, OnTheAir Video 3 was able to read ProRes LT files, resize and overlay a ticker, a still image, a clock and a rotating logo sourced from a ProRes 4444 file – all at 4K output – without taking the computer close to its limits. With the D700 – 8-Core configurations three more HD outputs could be achieved at the same time as the 4K output.
“Performance on this scale is really big news for any image-based business, and the Mac Pro doesn’t even make any noise while delivering it. We strongly recommend Softron customers to test out the Mac Pro as soon as possible”, said Daniel Tapie.

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