Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Nothing comes cheap with Apple and that includes the new MacPro at $6000 which is the starting price of what’s now known as the “Cheese Grater”.

Picture from FCP.CO

If you want the new monitors (Pro Display XDR) to go with the MacPro then expect to pay $6000 plus $999 for a stand and a VESTA mount adapter is $200.

Picture from FCP.CO

I love Apple equipment but once again Apple have decided if you are a professional then you are going to pay through the nose for the new MacPro, if you need it.

For further information on specs why not fly over to FCP.CO


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

5 thoughts on “8K Editing with the new MacPro

  1. Hi,

    Don’t waste your money on fashion cheese graters! In the olden days when Motorola was king there was clear architecture difference. But now they use the stock intel processors. Outside might be a bin or a cheese grater but inside its the same parts as a PC! Your paying out your nose for the brand / label!

    My advice to you is spec your own PC, it will be a lot faster than these fashion models. You can even run IOS on it!

  2. There was a time when I bought every new maxed pro Mac and could afford it after a couple of months salary.

    But those were the days.

    I imagine this grater set up might being the dream for high end production but not for that many others. Ordinary graphics, music or video production will have to suffice with a Mac mini or iMac.

  3. Dear dear – there isn’t really anything you can do on an Apple that you can’t do on a Windows based machine – and the Windows kit will inevitably cost you less because it is so dominant in the computer market place and you can upgrade components and add more as you require. Yet some people give their money to Apple like it was a worthy Charity, without conducting proper research to find out what would really be best for their purposes.

  4. Apple certainly stepped up its game with this hardware announcement. And yes it would be a huge investment for some of us. That monitor priced at $6k might seem outrageous. But Apple points to the Sony 4K Trimaster monitor at $43k, claiming superior performance. Before digital video NLEs and FireWire, it would take a $500k investment to set up an edit suite. We’ve come a long way.
    By the way, I drive a VW Golf. Nice economical transportation. But boy that Porsche 911S sure is a sweet ride. 🙂

  5. To those complaining about the price tag, I think it’s all relative.

    Back in the late 90s, the Imix Turbo Cube edit suite (Mac-based) was around £250,000, while a Betacam camera could go for £40,000 — I had a Apple Powerbook 5300ce (it still works) which cost over £5,000 — well it did help save the world in Independence Day!

    For an 8k edit suite to be available on the market today for $6,000 (though I hear the base model is pretty useless) is actually a pretty impressive reduction in cost over the last 20 years.

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