DaVinci Resolve 10 is one of the applications that has been optimised to run on the new Mac Pro and now, thanks to Dado Valentic from Mytherapy, we can see just how fast it runs. You may be surprised at some of the results!
I'm sure any of you out there who are using Resolve 10 on a Macbook or an older Mac Pro have been dying to know what the performance increase would be on the new Mac Pro. Well now Dado Valentic, senior colourist at Mytherapy, has got together with Jigsaw24, Apple and Resolve specialists, to put a new Mac Pro system through it's paces.
The Mac Pro he used had a 3.5GHz 6 Core Intel Xeon E5 processor and was fitted with 64GB RAM and a Dual AMD Firepro D500 graphics card with 3GB RAM. So it was not the highest spec available.
You can see the results of the tests in the video below but to summarise the results the performance was excellent. He was able to play back HD Prores material in real time with 18 simultaneous blur nodes and even 4K from the F65 and F55 played back in real time with 7 blur nodes.
Red Dragon and Epic media did not do quite so well as the system was not fitted with a Red Rocket card but even they had real time playback at a Quarter resolution.
Rendering speeds were equally impressive, with HD ProRes media rendering at 100 fps, ideal for generating viewing copies on location.
Here is the video so you can see the performance for yourself, after the break. Just a cautionary note: if you're offended by the sight of models in underwear, turn away now.