A few weeks ago I mused on replacing my Mac Pros with iMacs in part because of cost and in part because so much software can run incredibly well on these machines.
Well NAB 2012 definitely validated that idea. iMacs dominated the show floor in South Hall running just about every software imagineable. Autodesk made the iMac the center of their Smoke 2013 roll-out with the software running incredibly fast on that system. With the advent of super fast RAIDs via Thunderbolt connections, there’s not a whole lot you can’t edit on an iMac.
Then AJA delivered literally what I asked for a few weeks ago. A simple Thunderbolt to SDI adapter to allow quality video reference to our Flanders Scientific monitors. The T-Tap gives us both SDI and HDMI output so I can feed the Flanders and Plasma Screen simultaneously.
This is awesome because I don’t need an I/O device for all of my iMacs at all times. In my case, I’ll start out with 5 iMacs and what I’ll do is pick up two AJA IoXT’s and three T-Taps. They both run off the same drivers so we can literally just swap the devices around so if you need input, you take the IoXT and hand off the T-Tap.
Word is that Windows machines will start rolling out with Thunderbolt anytime now so these devices will be able to swap right around between all the machines.
This is just so remarkable where we’ve gone in just one year. Last year I was pining for Apple to hurry up and get some really nice new Mac Pros out. Now I’m on the cusp of selling off 5 of our Mac Pros and replacing them with iMacs to run Avid Symphony through Autodesk Smoke 2013.
This really HAS been a long strange year….. But I like it!