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.

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From:: Vincent Laforet

RED is Talking With Foxconn – Are we Ready For Affordable 8K Cinema Cameras?

By Yossy Mendelovich

“We will make cameras that will shoot professional-quality films in 8K resolution but at only a third of current prices and a third of current camera sizes”

The statement above was announced by Terry Gou, the founder and chairman of Foxconn, which is the largest private employer in China and one of the largest employers worldwide.

Foxconn manufactures electronic products for major international companies. Notable products include BlackBerry, iPad, iPod, Kindle, Nintendo, PlayStation and of course – the iPhone.

As 8K resolution is slowly becoming the benchmark standard for digital television and cinematography, plus Foxconn being in search of a new revenue stream, the strategic business pivot into prosumer cinema camera production sounds almost logical. When you’re actually thinking about this, suddenly RED becomes the ultimate partner for this joint venture as the perfect match to disrupt the ultra high resolution cinema camera market. RED is not afraid of innovation and new business adventures and neither is Foxconn.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Gou said that he is in contact with RED Digital Cinema, in order to form a joint venture or partnership to produce affordable cameras. RED’s 8K camera currently sells for around $30,000, which probably makes it attractive for professionals only. Foxconn’s vision is to deliver professional imaging products to the general public as well.

A genius strategic move or business cannibalization?

I have to admit, it sounds both fantastic and strange. Why should RED take this business route? RED had teamed up with Apple already in order to deliver the Raven to the crowd for a reasonable price. Actually, what makes RED cameras expensive is not the camera itself, but the accessories (taking Raven as an example).

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From:: Cinema 5d

Are RED and Foxconn teaming up to produce affordable 8K cinema cameras?

By (David Shapton)

Is it a dream team up, or merely just a dream?

This week persistent rumours started going around that RED could be teaming up with Foxconn to produce a new line of affordable 8K cameras. If it is true this could be seismic. But is it merely wishful speculation, or is there any substance to it?

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    From:: RedShark News

    RED and Foxconn want to produce affordable 8K cameras for the general public

    Photo by Jakob Owens

    The head of iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has said that the company is working with RED Digital Cinema to build top quality video cameras at a third of current prices. Speaking at a company party at the weekend, Chairman Terry Gou announced that the two companies are already in talks with the aim of producing cameras:

    …that will shoot professional-quality films in 8K resolution but at only a third of current prices and a third of current camera sizes.

    Foxconn assembles over 70% of Apple’s iPhones, which accounts for 50% of its business, but the company wants to diversify into areas with a better profit margin, according to a report from Nikki Asian Review. Its acquisition of Sharp’s semiconductor business will give Foxconn the chance to manufacture critical components for digital cameras and displays, including chip technologies that go into image sensors.

    The company already has a working relationship with RED, and builds and assembles ASIC/front-end LSI circuits for the movie camera maker, according to EOSHD.

    Within a few years we might see this powerful combination challenging Panasonic and Sony for space in the enthusiast-level 8K handheld video camera market. It’s still a ways out, but that would be interesting!

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    From:: DPreview

    RED and Foxconn to create range of affordable 8K prosumer cinema cameras

    By Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

    Comment on this article at the EOSHD Forum

    Comment on the forum According to a report on Sunday at Nikkei, iPhone manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group plans to team up with premium camera maker RED Digital Cinema and enter the digital cinema camera market. Foxconn Eyes Digital Film Sector As Smartphone Demand Weakens – that’s the headline today according to Nikkei Asian Review, which should have your heart pounding. Yes, RED is finally going into the prosumer market to compete against Sony and Panasonic. According to the report, Foxconn has been looking to reduce its business dependance on Apple. Over 50% of its revenue comes from iPhone manufacturing. Foxconn …

    The post RED and Foxconn to create range of affordable 8K prosumer cinema cameras appeared first on EOSHD.

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    Worth the money? Fully loaded iMac Pro vs fully loaded iMac

    A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you an eye-watering $13,200… but if you’re set on an Apple all-in-one, is it really almost $8,000 better than a fully-loaded 5K iMac? Parker Walbeck of Full Time Filmmaker ran some tests to find out, putting both all-in-ones through their paces using RED 8K footage, Canon 1D X Mark II 4K footage, and DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4K footage.

    He also tested the machines using both Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X, to eliminate the CPU-crushing effects of Adobe’s software.

    As you might expect, the iMac Pro outperformed the iMac in nearly every test, playing back full resolution footage flawlessly while the iMac dropped frames, and rendering/exporting at about 2x the speed. However, it didn’t win in every regard. The iMac actually outperformed the iMac Pro by 25% when it came to applying Warp Stabilizer, because this feature is only using an individual core to do the work.

    Playing back 8K RED footage on the iMac Pro was much smoother than the iMac, which had to be dropped to 1/8th resolution to match performance.

    All of this leads Parker to his very reasonable conclusion:

    “I definitely think there is a point of diminishing returns, where you’re paying a premium for slight, incremental improvements,” says Walbeck. “But that’s how it is with most new technology, it’s overpriced and you’re going to pay a premium for the latest and greatest.”

    As for the value, he sums it up pretty well in the video, and it’s probably exactly what you expected coming into this comparison. Is it worth the money?

    For most people? No. For a select few, yeah, it may be a difference maker. Do I personally need a computer this powerful? No. I’m sure → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    ULTIMATE Camera Menu Guide to ARRI, RED, Panasonic and Sony

    By Nic Divischek

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    As filmmakers, you are often required to work on multiple cameras. Often enough, one week you are on a RED, the next on ARRI and then suddenly on a Sony camera. It can be cumbersome to remember which camera menu setting is where, and how manufacturers name their settings. We have listed camera simulators and some Youtube links that will make your life easier to brush up on your skills and train those grey brain cells to muscle memory for your next job.


    – ARRI

    • ARRI SXT






    • SONY F55

    ARRI Camera Simulators

    ARRI SXT Camera


    ARRI Mini Camera


    RED Camera Simulator

    The RED camera simulator is only available on iTunes. Please find below a link to DONNA.


    Panasonic Camera Simulators

    Panasonic Varicam S35

    LINK to Panasonic VARICAM S35 camera simulator

    Panasonic Varicam LT

    LINK to Panasonic Varicam LT Camera Simulator

    Sony Camera Simulators

    Sony F55 / F5

    LINK to Sony F5/F55 Camera Simulator

    We hope this guide to camera menu simulators has helped you. If you wish to have any other camera menu simulators added, please let us know in the comments below.

    The post ULTIMATE Camera Menu Guide to ARRI, RED, Panasonic and Sony appeared first on cinema5D.

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    From:: Cinema 5d

    Meet the Wilds – capturing wildlife with RED cameras

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    Shannon Wild and Russell MacLaughlin are renowned for capturing intimate shots of wildlife in their natural environments. Shannon and Russ’ award-winning images have been featured on National Geographic and Animal…

    The post Meet the Wilds – capturing wildlife with RED cameras appeared first on Newsshooter.

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    From:: News Shooter

    RED Gemini – custom S35 low light sensor for outer space

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    RED Gemini is a custom S35 low light sensor that has been made for a “very special customer” for use in outer space. RED says that the new sensor is…

    The post RED Gemini – custom S35 low light sensor for outer space appeared first on Newsshooter.

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