A few lucky individuals have had the opportunity to test out the new iMac Pro before the official launch. Vloggers Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison give their first impressions of the fastest Mac ever built.

It has been a long time since Apple released a new Mac model aimed directly at the professional. That is all about to change as according to MacRumours, the new iMac Pro will be available for order from this Thursday onwards.

However, some lucky vloggers and editors have been able to their hands on a new iMac Pro and report their initial findings.

First to break the news was technology YouTuber Marques Brownlee. He gives his impressions after a week of editing with Final Cut Pro 10.4. (Its had been pointed out that there are 360 tools noticeable in the video)

His machine is configured as 3GHz 10-Core Intel Xeon W, 128GB DDr4 RAM, 2TB SSD and a Radeon Pro Vega 64 16GB GPU.

Not a huge amount of new information in there, but still worth a watch. A passing mention of the 10GigE connection is slightly odd seeing as that is probably going to be the professional's connection of choice. 

Jonathan Morrison also got to test the new machine with what looks like exactly the same machine config as Marques. Slightly disappointing that a minute in he starts talking about the desk! How on earth can you get a new iMac Pro and talk about the desk it is sitting on? And then the headphones! Well maybe we should blame Amazon Associates.

Thankfully, Thomas Grove Carter provides us with some real-life stats in this article over on Randi Altman's Post Perspective.

Next I decided to push the resolution right up and see how it might handle a ludicrous 8K timeline with footage shot on the Panavision Millennium DXL. With 8K ProRes 4:4:4:4 files, the iMac Pro played the sequence back perfectly. Even after adding a couple of color corrections and a blur to the clips it still didn’t drop a frame. I should add that this was playing back at better quality and without rendering. I’ll repeat that once more. 8K. Color correction. Blur. No Rendering. No “1/4 quality” BS. No frames dropped.

Which really grates here when you have had a week of Premiere failing to play back a single stream of 1080p without losing lipsync!


 No doubt there will be more videos and more information to follow.

UPDATE: Apple has confirmed on its website that the release date will be this Thursday, 14th of December.

UPDATE 2: At last some better figures. Photographer Vincent Lafore posts his findings on the iMac Pro including a 200-300% speed bump.

Update 3 : Craig A Hunter takes the iMac Pro for a spin with workflows in aerospace engineering and software development.


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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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