Most noteworthy specs:
- Up to 18 cores
- Radeon Pro Vega- Up to 22 teraflops
- Up to 125GB DDR4 Memory
- Up to 4TB SSD (up to 3.3GB/s write speed)
- 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports (2 BUS)
- 10Gb Ethernet
- Retina 5K Display
The iMac Pro is available for purchase, and is incomparable in performance. It really is the most powerful Mac that Apple has ever made. All the persons that had an early access to it say the same thing, it was difficult to push it to its limits. All who had an early access say the same thing: It was difficult to push the iMac Pro to its limits. A lot has been said about this computer, and here are some links to just a few of those first-impression articles:
Because Softron’s focus is on multi-channel ingest and playout solutions, we know how to make the most of any Mac. With more CPU power, we encode more channels until the processor is fully utilized. So we are always happy to see new computers coming out with improved performances, as it means our customers will be able to record more channels.
The iMac Pro 18 Core will be able to encode an impressive 16 HD channels in real time with MovieRecorder.
Consider that just 10 years ago the first version of MovieRecorder was only able to encode a single SD channel on a Mac!
You may say “Hey, I don’t need 16 channels — I don’t have that many cameras. Only very large productions need to record that many channels.
But what about 1080p? Or even 4K? It’s easy to do the math to see that 16 channels of 1080i60 is equivalent, in terms of data and requirements, to:
- 8 channels of 1080p60
- 4 channels of 4K 30p
- 2 channels of 4K 60p
And there you see why it is important to have more processing power.
As you know, Softron is a software company, and our software has been using video devices from AJA and Blackmagic Design for quite some time now. They offer great video cards for multichannel ingest — for example, the Corvid-88 from AJA or the Decklink Quad 2 from Blackmagic Design.
Additionally to that, since a few years we have offered some “all-in-one” bundles to make things even easier for our customers. We will offer some new products that will take full advantage of the new iMac Pro encoding capability.