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  • MacBook Pro i7 vs i5

    MacBook Pro i7 vs i5

    July 19, 2010, 7:47 am
    Recently Apple released Macbook Pro’s with a new chipset, the i7 and the i5. I recently purchased a 17" inch i7 Macbook Pro, and immediately was amazed at how much faster this i7 renders in comparison to my old Intel Core Duo 2.16Ghz.

    Recently Apple released Macbook Pro’s with a new chipset, the i7 and the i5. I recently purchased a 17" inch i7 Macbook Pro, and immediately was amazed at how much faster this i7 renders in comparison to my old Intel Core Duo 2.16Ghz. Dare I say it felt nearly twice as fast. Rendering out HDCAM from Final Cut Pro took nearly 5min on the old Core Duo. On the new i7 It was completed in under 2 mins.
    Well this got my brain churning how much faster is my new laptop over the i5, was it worth the extra money on the upgrade? Before I get into details, lets talk about the machines. First of all the machines are not equally set up, my I7 has upgraded hard drive of 7200rpm over the 5400rpm.
    Lets take a look:

    Mac Book Pro 15"

    * Intel Core i5
    * 500GB 5400rpm hard drive
    * 4 gigs of ram
    * NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB
    MacBook Pro i7 vs i5
    MacBook Pro 17"

    * Intel Core i7
    * 500GB 7200rpm hard drive
    * 4 gigs of ram
    * NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB
    As you can see from the specs above the 17’ seems to have an edge, but how much faster is it in real world scenarios? Apple Claims speeds ups to 1.5 times faster than the previous generation Macbook Pro.
    MacBook Pro i7 vs i5
    Using Compressor with the same XDCAM footage the i7 was able to compress out a QuickTime file in just under a minute. While the i5 was able to complete the same task in about a minute and a half.
    MacBook Pro i7 vs i5
    It seems that the i7 is faster at rendering, and in compressing footage. However to give it a real run for its money, and really blow my mind I booted both laptops into 64bit mode to take advantage of Adobe CS5 native 64bit applications. The workflow was to use Adobe CS5, going from Premier Pro to After Effects, then to Media Encoder to compress to a Flash file. Not only was the i7 faster it completed the job 40% faster, making my old Core Duo seem like an outdated Pentium 3.
    Even when working on smaller projects such as creating tittles or small templates in Motion. The i7 even felt snapper to use. Now I am aware that this all could be due to the faster hard drive and larger graphics cards in the 17’, but for shear processing power the i7 clearly has an advantage.

    The reason why these new laptops can chew through footage so easily is because of the "Turbo" inside. this allows the chipset to over clock causing it to jump to 3.33ghz, giving Final Cut Pro extra performance even when dealing with processor intensives codecs such HDV or RED. This can put a smile on your face especially when working on a large amount of dallies. Now If Apple can figure out how to throw in a KO4 in there I will be insanely happy.

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      UltraStudio 3D Review

      December 5, 2011, 11:22 am
      BlackMagic design showcased the UltraStudio 3D back at NAB this year. I have been excited to get my hands on of these for some time. I waited patiently and finally, I got one and I have been testing the BlackMagic Design’s UltraStudio 3D over the past few weeks.

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    • ioSafe Drive Destruction
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      ioSafe Drive Destruction

      November 15, 2011, 10:47 am
      This week I test out the durability of the ioSafe hard drive. It's fire proof and water proof. I wanted to find out how water proof it is, so I flooded the drive. Check out the video below to see if it still works after the flooding.

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    • Avid Media Composer 6.0
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      Avid Media Composer 6.0

      November 3, 2011, 12:17 pm
      Today Avid Avid announced Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10 . Avid matins they acer deeply committed to professionals, and are pleased to announce that all of these new applications are 64 bit native.

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    • Fast Forward Video sideKick HD
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      Fast Forward Video sideKick HD

      October 17, 2011, 10:54 am
      Over the past few weeks the folks over at Fast Forward Video have given me the opportunity to test out their sideKick HD. The sideKick HD allows you to capture the highest quality video, with a straight to edit workflow. The sideKick HD is capable of recording directly from the camera up to 10 bit precision, 220Mbit/s , 4:2:2 sampling using Apple ProRes 422 HQ.

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    • Tiffen DFXv3
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      Tiffen DFXv3

      October 10, 2011, 9:43 am
      Over the past couple of weeks I have been working with the latest release Tiffen Dfx Version 3. Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer and supplier of photographic filters and lens accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for over 70 years.

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    • Caldigit VR 6TB Review
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      Caldigit VR 6TB Review

      September 18, 2011, 9:45 am
      Recently I had a great discussion with the Twitter community about picking up a new raid for myself as my older ones were now aging, and I was running out of space. Many people suggested a Thunderbolt drive. However Macbook Pro is only a year old and does not support Thunderbolt, and Apple has yet to release a new MacPro Tower. Thus I really did not see the need for a Thunderbolt drive yet. Enter The CalDigit VR.

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    • Avid Announces New Ongoing Crossgrade
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      Avid Announces New Ongoing Crossgrade

      September 12, 2011, 2:43 pm
      In a tremendous move, due to the response from the professional editing community for its current Final Cut Pro Crossgrade promotion, Avid announced today that beginning October 1, 2011, it will offer a Final Cut Pro crossgrade price for qualified customers on an ongoing basis. The new crossgrade will allow Final Cut Pro users to purchase the Avid Media Composer®, for $1499 USD. Avid’s current limited-time crossgrade promotion, at $995 USD, ends September 30, 2011.

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    • Blackmagic Design Announces a New Range of Super H
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      Blackmagic Design Announces a New Range of Super H

      September 9, 2011, 10:43 pm
      lackmagic Design today announced a new family of super heavy duty Mini Converters that feature a unique design that’s machined from a solid block of aluminum for amazing strength, as well as for protecting connectors. Heavy duty mini converters also include innovative features and technologies such as 3 Gb/s SDI. There are 4 models in the Mini Converter Heavy Duty product range which are all priced at only $295 US.

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      September 9, 2011, 9:41 pm
      Today Avid annoucned new versions of Avid NewsVison and Avid ISIS 7000 at IBC.

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    • BlackMagic UltraStudio 3D
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      BlackMagic UltraStudio 3D

      August 29, 2011, 11:44 am
      BlackMagic Design just announced UltraStudio 3D the world’s first video product with Thunderbolt technology is now shipping. Initially debuting at NAB this past year we have all been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival.

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