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  • Hackintosh?

    Hackintosh?

    August 15, 2010, 10:50 pm
    This previous week I was asked to cut a low budget documentary film. Despite being low budget, docs can prove to be very exciting as generally my cut is the final cut. Upon my initial arrival in the edit suite, I thought I would be cutting on a PC based Avid. My eyes were deceived... this was no PC... this was a Hackintosh!



    A hackintosh is basically a Mac clone running OSX, and is much cheaper to build and run. Hackintosh’s only downside is they are not normally as stable as a full blown Mac, However to my amazement this was not some ordinary hackinstosh this was the most famous hackintosh Psystar.
    Hackintosh?
    Before Apple laid down a permanent injunction that keeps Psystar from making Mac clones, they were the largest hackintosh company to date. Their systems were renowned for not only being as stable as Macs, but in even some configuration faster and more powerful.
    Now before I explain what its like cutting on a Psystar, lets look at the configuration. It is running a 2.2 ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 gigs of ram. doesn't sound to fast? Well for cutting a small doc, shot in SD, it’s more than adequate.
    Running Final Cut Pro 6 on this machine seems fine except for the fact you simply can not update. The reason being, is that any update could crash the entire system. Remember, Apple finds ways to disable things they deam is not acceptable use of their product. A perfect example is the ongoing battle of Jailbreaking the iPhone. The major issue this causes, is general lack of real support should you have issues with OSX or Final Cut Pro. (The lack of support is really a deal breaker for me and should be for anyone that is dependent on their edit suite for their career.) Seeing I was cutting in SD it was not the lack of updates was not a major issue, however if I was cutting in HD this would be an issue as I would have no access to different flavors of Pro Res. In this case cutting on the Psystar was relatively smooth and uneventful. When it came to encoding again the machine performed admirably and compressed out dallies with speed and ease.
    Hackintosh?
    As the week progressed small hiccups began to show. Final Cut Pro needed to be rebooted at least once a day, and the Machine itself crashed twice through out the week. As frustrating as this was, I tried to reminds myself of the benefits such as Psystar’s machines are open and able to dual boot. This means it has the ability to boot into Windows or OSX. Also they are significantly cheaper to Macs themselves often half or even a third of the cost. Well that began to wain thin as another issue popped its head. I began to have strange audio sync issues. By the end of the week I was so frustrated I moved the entire project to my Macbook Pro, and notified the producer I would finish the edit there as I wasting too much time trouble shooting rather than cutting the doc.
    Well in conclusion as amazing of deal this computers sounds, the small hiccups just were not worth it. I can not ever see my self on one cutting on a Psystar, nor do I recommend it. In short maybe it was good that Apple filed the injunction against Psystar, other wise more of these machines may have creeped into our edit suites, and into our nightmares.

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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
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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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      Avid Significantly Enhances Leading Solutions for

      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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