Adobe Premiere

So is the 18-Core iMac Pro Worth It?

By Vincent Laforet

So is Apple‘s 18-Core iMacPro worth it?

In short: YES – if your software can take advantage of it. That’s the KEY.

But just as key: the 10-core iMac is really at the sweet spot of what the vast majority of users will likely ever need. It’s a little beast!
Final Cut Pro X is clearly designed to take FULL advantage of the 18 cores, whereas DaVinci Resolve is several times slower on similar exports (as much as 5 times slower) and unfortunately Adobe Premiere is currently not even on the same racetrack…

The results continue to be seriously impressive especially for those transcoding high resolution and RAW coded footage or using processor intensive VR footage for example.

The best way I can illustrate this is by sharing the following test:

1. I started off w/ 62GB RED Digital Cinema R3D 6 K files totaling 8 min 21 seconds of aerial footage.

2. I loaded the footage into the latest Final Cut Pro X version and asked it to generate: Optimized Video + Proxies.

Here are the results of how much time that took:

1. iMacPro 18-Core: 25 min 17 seconds to generate both Proxy + Optimized Video

2 I then exported the 8 min+ timeline as a 4K ProRes444 file in 8 min 20 seconds … that’s 1:1 on RED footage (nice!!!)

At this point:

– The 10-core iMac Pro was anywhere from 10-80% slower depending on how the software took advantage of the 8 additional cores and the process.

With software such as Adobe Lightroom the difference was negligible- whereas w FCPX transcoding it was as much as 80% faster due to the 8 additional cores.

– The top-of-the line Mac Pro was still transcoding (generating the initial first of three steps: generating proxy and optimized media for the → continue…

From:: Vincent Laforet