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New Mac Pro aims to ‘transform the pro workflow’

Blackmagic Design, Avid among pro developers seeing benefits

Apple’s newly announced Mac Pro is aiming to transform the pro workflow, making life easier for those working in the creative industries.

The Mac Pro includes 28 core Xeon processors, 56 teraflops of graphics performance and the Afterburner card.

According to Apple, a number of pro app developers are seeing results that were not possible before in a single workstation:

  • Blackmagic Design brings full CPU and multi-GPU accelerated 8K real-time editing, effects and colour correction in ProRes 4444 for the first time on any system.
  • Avid can enable support for up to six HDX cards, resulting in more IO, increased voice count and twice the real-time DSP processing than any other system can achieve in Pro Tools.
  • Maxon’s Cinema 4D is seeing 20 per cent faster GPU render performance when compared to a Windows workstation maxed out with three NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 graphics cards.
The new Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch LCD panel with a 6016 x 3384 Retina 6K resolution with more than 20 million pixels. It includes a P3 wide colour gamut and true 10-bit colour for over one billion colours, pros will have a more true-to-life viewing experience — critical for video and photo editing, 3D animation or colour grading.