Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jun 2013 17:07 UTC
Apple We already talked about iOS 7 yesterday (after a night of sleep, it's only looking worse and worse - look at this, for Fiona's sake!), so now it's time to talk about the downright stunning and belly flutters-inducing new Mac Pro. As former owner and huge, huge, huge fan of the PowerMac G4 Cube - I haven't been this excited about an Apple product since, well, I would say the iMac G4. This is the Apple I used to love.
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by Darkmage on Sat 15th Jun 2013 01:49 UTC
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People saying you should use BSD/Linux for production have zero clue about Mac OSX. in Mac OSX with Quartz Composer you can create a program that takes video input in High Defnition from a computer input source, capture card or camera and display it to screen, mix it with compositing effects and other video sources, and render it out to a video surface or file without writing a single line of code. Let me repeat that, WITHOUT writing ANY CODE.

It is ridiculously powerful if you need to get in and do something dirty/quick without writing a massive wall of code. One of the worst things about Linux is how much programming knowledge you need to get this sort of stuff to occur. There is nothing on Linux that comes close to the video/audio pipelining of OSX, literally nothing.

The only projects remotely close are GStreamer (which is shit until I can create an opengl surface in a gui, apply a video source as a texture to it, and manipulate it in 3d, AND add multiple other sources and surfaces, without writing code AND at 1080p full HD video resolution. THIS is what OSX can do.) And GNUStep which is basically recreating what OSX wrote first. People commenting on Linux/BSDs use for video production have no clue at all. This video shows you some of the features. Realtime editing and display without writing a line of code in a text editor. In the video when the guy adds a rectangle and textures it as a star, in Quartz Composer you can use a video source instead of a star image and it will play the video live.

In addition to not needing to write code to do these things, under OSX everything is multithreaded and offloaded to the CPU and GPU automatically, again without you needing to write the code to make it happen. It is light years ahead of Linux in this respect. It will remain light years ahead unless Linux gets 50 coders to hack on GNUStep full time.

I've used professional video production programs, then recreated their functionality in Quartz Composer in minutes without writing a line of code, and without paying a cent more than I paid for the Apple equipment. That's why people buy Mac OSX, because you are getting the best video/audio editing APIs in existence. You don't even need to be a programmer to use them. There's a video of Steve Jobs in the 1980's creating a database application on a NEXT Cube without writing a line of code. They've taken that concept to a whole new level with video and audio and it's crazy-amazing.

I'm sorry if my post has offended anyone but Apple is so far ahead on this stuff and the ignorance and hubris shown by some hard core Unix fans is ridiculous. I've been using Linux for 13 years and I love it to death but it has serious problems which very few developers are addressing, and no changing GNOME's UI to make it OSX-Like but making it not work like OSX is not the answer. Mark Shuttleworth should have backed GNUStep if he wanted Linux to be OSX rather than making a cheap GTK based Knockoff. Gnome was at it's best as a powerful Desktop following the Sun provided UI guidelines they used to be based on. Now it's just a really bad attempt to ripoff Mac and doesn't deliver any of the usability or power of OSX.

Edited 2013-06-15 01:56 UTC

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RE: Quartz
by calden on Sun 16th Jun 2013 07:23 in reply to "Quartz"
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I don't think I know anyone who uses GNUstep, if you need/want full Cocoa support then people will buy a Mac. I work for a small 3D animation firm, we do commercials, product and architectural model design. Our firm used to use MacPro's but have recently moved over to HP workstations and we can't be happier. You can praise Apple's OSX till your heart explodes with glee but the real truth of the matter is Apple has been backing off from the professional side of computing for a while now, their nuetered pro software has proven this. The new MacPro albeit powerful is not what medium to large firm wants. I have a few friends over at Pixar and Dreamworks and they too have replaced almost all of their Macs with HP Z stations. HP is committed to the workstation crowd by not only providing custom solutions but the support that's needed to properly integrate their hardware into any infrastructure. Apples institutional support is an absolute joke, it takes 3 - 4 days for them to send anyone out and they don't deal with third party software. HP not only responds the same day but sends out personal who know's their hardware and software that the customer is using. The new MacPro is for wealthy consumers who need the extra power, universities and small firms who are committed to Apple hardware, they might sell to a few new company's who don't know any better but I doubt they will have any major saturation. I'm not saying the HP Z stations are the best in the industry but they defiantly get the job done and with their tool less cases, upgrading, repairs are so easy they're an absolute pleasure to own.

Not to say the Mac Pro isn't cool because it is. I really enjoy Mac products, my Air is a great companion.

Edited 2013-06-16 07:29 UTC

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