The Mac Pro version featured in this turnkey has a 3.5 GHz, six-core Intel Xeon E5 processor along with 32GB RAM, a 512GB PCIe-based SSD drive for internal storage, and, most notably, two AMD FirePro D500 graphics cards. Having two graphics cards allows one card to dedicate itself to driving monitors or other external displays, while the second can provide additional processing power to Production Premium applications such as Premiere or other GPU-aware applications. By shifting computationally intensive tasks, such as transcoding video, to the GPU, the system is able to free up CPU resources for other tasks, helping make things run faster and more efficiently.
Adobe Production Premium CS6 is a suite of software geared toward digital content creation professionals, especially those working in video post production. Applications that are part of the suite include Premiere Pro for video editing, After Effects for effects composition and motion graphics, SpeedGrade for color correction, Photoshop Extended, Prelude, Story, Audition, Illustrator, and Flash Professional.
The Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K is a video I/O device that can capture as well as output SDI and HDMI video. It supports a wide range of frame rates and resolutions, all the way up to DCI specification 4K (4096 x 2160) at up to 60 progressive frames per second. It features a rackmountable form factor, and interfaces to the Mac Pro using an included Thunderbolt cable.
For video storage, the system includes a 12TB hard drive RAID array. The drive can be configured in a number of RAID levels, including RAID 0 and RAID 1. However, probably the most popular option is RAID 5. RAID 5 retains decent performance, if not quite as good as RAID 0, while providing one drive's worth or party. Meaning one drive out of the four can be lost without losing any data. In RAID 5, the storage capacity will be reduced to 10TB. The drive connects to the Mac Pro using Thunderbolt 2, allowing it to take advantage of the full 20 Gb/s bandwidth this interface offers.
Finally, a keyboard with Premiere Pro shortcuts is included, in addition to the normal Mac Pro keyboard. This special keyboard is color coded, and has Premiere's unique keyboard shortcuts mapped out. In addition, it retains the normal alpha-numeric markings so you can still use it for regular duties when not editing video.
AppleCare with automatic enrolment is included to cover technical issues with the Mac Pro itself for three years. Additionally, the turnkey installation includes one year B&H tech support for technical issues relating to the turnkey setup. For more information on the individual items in this bundle, please follow the links below.
This Kit Includes:
- Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core)
- Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium for Mac
- Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K Thunderbolt 2
- Bella Professional Series 3.0 Keyboard for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
- 2 x Apple Apple Thunderbolt Cable - 1.6'
- Promise Technology 12TB Pegasus2 R6 Thunderbolt 2 Raid Storage Array
- B&H Photo Video Computer Software & Memory Installation with 1-Year Tech Support
- Apple AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro
- Apple Magic Mouse