by Fabian Chaundy | 28th October 2016
The release of the new 2016 MacBook Pro marks the 25th anniversary of Apple’s first laptop computer. As always, the refresh brings a reduction in weight and size, a boost in performance, but this time also introduces the new Touch Bar. But what does it mean for video editors? The October Apple event came right on the heels of their recent launch of the iPhone 7, but many already had a clear idea of what was to be announced. With the current series of MacBook Pros overdue for a refresh, it was fairly obvious that it was their turn to take centre stage. The new range of MacBook Pros is quite a bit thinner and lighter than the previous generation, challenging even the dimensions of the MacBook Air. In terms of connectivity, the 2016 MacBook Pro features Thunderbolt 3 ports only, offering incredibly fast speeds of up to 40Gbps. Even when using any one the ports for charging the machine, the rest make up for it due to the to the daisy chaining functionality of Thunderbolt. What is a bit of a downer for video shooters, though, is that Apple has completely left out the SD card reader on the new 2016 MacBook Pro. Oh, and it still features a 3.5mm headphone jack, just in case you were wondering… In terms of performance, the 2016 Macbook Pro features an Intel Core I7 processor, AMD Radeon Pro graphics card with Polaris Architecture (for the 15 inch model) and faster SSD drives. Apple claims all of these improvements boost performance far beyond the previous generation in important areas for video production. The Retina display is also capable of quite a lot more contrast ratio and colour, responding to the ever increasing demand for higher dynamic range and wider colour gamut of today’s professional video industry. The graphics card included in the 2016 MacBook Pro was also mentioned to be capable of driving two 5K external monitors in addition to the MacBook Pro Retina display. Nice! The feature that stole the show, however, was the new Touch Bar. This Retina-quality, multi-touch strip – located where the escape and function keys used to be – is a content-aware interface that allows you to control system and application settings with familiar gestures such as tapping and swiping. Being a lot more immediate and visual than keyboard shortcuts, and allowing faster access to slider controls and timeline navigation than reaching for the mouse, I can imagine this feature drastically increasing the speed of the editing workflow. The Keynote presentation included a demonstration of the Touch Bar with the new 10.3 version of Final Cut Pro X (read Olllie’s review here) as well as Photoshop, and the implementation seemed really quite impressive. Also worth mentioning is that Touch Bar support will be available to developers via Xcode, with Adobe and Blackmagic Design’s Da Vinci Resolve already on the case, so expect to see new and creative ways to control your favourite applications soon on the 2016 MacBook Pro. The base model 13 and 15 inch 2016 MacBook Pro are available next month for $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, although a stripped down version of the 13 inch with no Touch Bar, fewer Thunderbolt ports and lower graphics is available now for $1,499. You can purchase and preorder from B&H.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 18th January 2015
If you’re a regular reader of cinema5D, you’ve probably noticed things are looking a little bit different today. It’s not you! Today we released a pretty drastic makeover. With the users in mind we always try to improve what we do at cinema5D. It’s the reason why since our start as a platform for new digital filmmaking technology 6 years ago, we underwent numerous design and feature changes. Today we’re launching a cinema5D that is focused on a simplistic design and easier use. We wanted to give you a better experience while staying true to what we’ve built. We hope you enjoy the simplified social bar, login and registration features for easy commenting and the all retina ready crisp layout. The Videolog As filmmakers we know the need for an official place to present and share our work. On the lookout for ways to give you, our readers, a platform to show your latest films to the world we have re-implemented and built the Videolog from the ground up. Your (latest) Vimeo or YouTube videos can be submitted to cinema5D within seconds and will display on most pages of the website up to 24 hours (If we get too many submission we will have to increase publish frequency). All cinema5D readers will be able to see, comment, rate and share your films. And as a reader you can see which camera each video was shot on. We really wanted to give some space to the many people who follow this site. After all this should be a place for community, help and support for the fellow creative. We have many ideas on featuring films submitted to the videolog and we’re already working on several new projects at cinema5D. Stay tuned for more! Tell us how you like what we did. We’re eager to hear your comments, questions or critique (we’re quite used to that last one, so spit it out :)). You can use the comments box below or just get in touch and say hi.Read more
by Tim Fok | 17th October 2014
Apple has released a new iMac, the 27″ retina screen utilizes 14.7 million pixels to produce a 5K resolution back lit display. Billed surprisingly as “the most amazing iMac Apple have ever built”, the 27″ iMac retina stands as Apples flagship iMac, without replacing its non retina cheaper counterparts. $2499 will see you the base spec iMac retina, that’s $700 more than the standard 27″ model. It carries the same 3.5GHz quad-core i5 base processor, same 1TB SSD/3TB fusion drive options, and 8G memory as standard. Graphics takes a changes however with an AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor as standard with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Specification: 27-inch (diagonal) Retina display with IPS technology 5120X2880 resolution 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz) Configurable to 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz) 8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory; four SO-DIMM slots, user accessible Configurable to 16GB or 32GB. 1TB Fusion Drive Configurable to 3TB Fusion Drive or 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of flash storage (SSD). AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor with 2GB of GDDR5 memory Configurable to AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Headphone port SDXC card slot Four USB 3 ports Two Thunderbolt 2 ports Gigabit Ethernet Kensington lock slot I’d imagine it would only be a matter of time before we see this filter down to the Apple Display screens also. I’d love a high resolution for their Macbook Air line also, but perhaps less likely. via/Read more
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