A powerful new addition to the Apple product line was announced in September. The updated features of this sleek machine offer a range of capabilities that will appeal to professionals who use their computer as part-time workstation or hobbyist (like filmmakers). For those with less technical knowledge about computing, one standout feature is its touch bar – which converts into an onscreen keyboard when you’re using it for typing! Its processor speeds are also comparable if not better than many laptops available today. These updates make the device more expensive but worth every penny considering what kind of power they pack under their hoods!
The machine features a 24-inch screen, HD FaceTime camera, new keyboard with Touch ID, and is available in seven different colors. The entry level iMac starts at $1,299, with the upgraded tier starting at $1,499. Orders are open on April 30th with deliveries expected in late May.
Apple has certainly put a focus on promoting their own Final Cut Pro X. The latest version was released with the last line of MacBook Pro laptops that also feature the M1 chip and accelerated performance on Metal, Apple’s hardware-accelerated 3D graphic and compute shader API. The new iMac will feature these same M1 chips, and we’ll likely see the release of a new iMac Pro in the next year.
Final Cut Pro is seeing render performance increased up to 20%, with iMac users looking to see up to 35% faster. Editors can work with 8K RED RAW up to three times faster, depending on their model machine. Rendering your timelines is said to be up to six times faster, with increased playback for 4K and 8K projects.
3D Cinema 4D + Redshift, Octane, and Arnold
Cinema 4D has long been on both PC and Mac, but when it came to rendering power, PC dominated the 3D market with NVIDIA’s powerful GPU rendering power. Now those render engines once exclusive to NVIDIA have been ported over to Apple’s M1.
This gives tools like Cinema 4D the much-needed boost in render speed, easily allowing renders that once took dozens of minutes to be rendered out in seconds. Mac C4D users can now use the popular render engines like Redshift and soon Octane. Although Macs could use Arnold in the past, it was limited to the CPU version. Now, Arnold can run on the M1 GPU as well, also giving it a massive boost in render speed.
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