Pro app developers react to Apple’s stunning new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

Afterburner on the new Mac Pro allows video editors to decode up to three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video and 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW video in real time.
All-new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are the most powerful tools Apple has ever put in the hands of pro customers and will change pro workflows forever.

Leading app developers for a variety of workflows, from video and photo editing to music production and advanced 3D content creation, have announced their support for the all-new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

Adobe

“We’re incredibly excited about the new Mac Pro, which represents a strong commitment from Apple towards creatives working in 3D. We’ve already started porting the Substance line of tools, as well as Dimension, to Apple’s new graphic API Metal to fully take advantage of the immense power the new Mac Pro hardware offers and empower 3D creatives in unprecedented ways.” — Sebastien Deguy, vice president of 3D and Immersive, Adobe

“Apple continues to innovate for video professionals. With the power offered by the new Mac Pro, editors will be able to work with 8K without the need for any proxy workflows in a future release of Premiere Pro.” — Steven Warner, vice president of Digital Video and Audio, Adobe

“We can’t wait to leverage Apple’s new Pro Display XDR and to support its capabilities to the fullest in an upcoming release of Photoshop. For the first time, customers will be able to see and edit their Photoshop files in high dynamic range and their photos will come to life, revealing details not visible before.” — Maria Yap, vice president of Digital Imaging, Adobe

With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous color and extreme brightness and contrast ratio, Pro Display XDR is the world’s best pro display.
With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous color and extreme brightness and contrast ratio, Pro Display XDR is the world’s best pro display.

OTOY

“OTOY is incredibly excited about the all-new Mac Pro and how it will empower our users. Octane X — the 10th anniversary edition of Octane — has been rewritten from the ground up in Metal for Mac Pro, and is the culmination of a long and deep collaboration with Apple’s world-class engineering team. Mac Pro is like nothing we’ve seen before in a desktop system. Octane X will be leveraging this unprecedented performance to take interactive and production GPU rendering for film, TV, motion graphics and AR/VR to a whole new level. Octane X is truly a labor of love, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of our Mac customers later this year.” — Jules Urbach, CEO and founder, OTOY

Blackmagic Design

“DaVinci Resolve is the world’s most advanced color correction and online editing software for high-end film and television work. It was the first professional software to adopt Metal and now, with the new Mac Pro and Afterburner, we’re seeing full-quality 8K performance in real time with color correction and effects, something we could never dream of doing before. DaVinci Resolve running on the new Mac Pro is easily the fastest way to edit, grade and finish movies and TV shows.” — Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design

Maxon

“Tapping into the amazing performance of the new Mac Pro, we’re excited to develop Redshift for Metal, and we’re working with Apple to bring an optimized version to the Mac Pro for the first time by the end of the year. We’re also actively developing Metal support for Cinema 4D, which will provide our Mac users with accelerated workflows for the most complex content creation. The new Mac Pro graphics architecture is incredibly powerful and is the best system to run Cinema 4D.” — David McGavran, CEO, Maxon

Avid

“Avid’s Pro Tools team is blown away by the unprecedented processing power of the new Mac Pro, and thanks to its internal expansion capabilities, up to six Pro Tools HDX cards can be installed within the system – a first for Avid’s flagship audio workstation. We’re now able to deliver never-before-seen performance and capabilities for audio production in a single system and deliver a platform that professional users in music and post have been eagerly awaiting.” — Francois Quereuil, director of Product Management, Avid
Unity

“We’re so excited for Unity creators to tap into the incredible power of the all-new Mac Pro. Our powerful and accessible real-time technology, combined with Mac Pro’s massive CPU power and Metal-enabled high-end graphics performance, along with the gorgeous new Pro Display XDR, will give creators everything they need to create the next smash-hit game, augmented reality experience or award-winning animated feature.” — Ralph Hauwert, vice president of Platforms, Unity

Pixar

“We are thrilled to announce full Metal support in Hydra in an upcoming release of USD toward the end of the year. Together with this new release, the new Mac Pro will dramatically accelerate the most demanding 3D graphics workflows thanks to an excellent combination of memory, bandwidth and computational performance. This new machine clearly shows Apple is delivering on the needs of professionals at high-end production facilities like Pixar.” — Guido Quaroni, vice president of Software Research and Development, Pixar

Autodesk

“Autodesk is fully embracing the all-new Mac Pro and we are already working on optimized updates to AutoCAD, Maya, Fusion and Flame. This level of innovation, combined with next-generation graphics APIs, such as Metal, bring extremely high graphics performance and visual fidelity to our Design, Manufacturing and Creation products and enable us to bring greater value to our customers.” — Amy Bunszel, senior vice president, Autodesk Design and Creation Products

Red Digital Cinema

“Apple’s new hardware will bring a mind-blowing level of performance to Metal-accelerated, proxy-free R3D workflows in Final Cut Pro X that editors truly have never seen before. We are very excited to bring a Metal-optimized version of R3D in September.” — Jarred Land, president, Red Digital Cinema

Foundry

“With the all-new Mac Pro, Apple delivers incredible performance for media and entertainment professionals, and we can’t wait to see what our customers create with the immense power and flexibility that Mac Pro brings to artists. HDR is quickly becoming the standard for capturing and delivering high quality content, and the Pro Display XDR will enable Nuke and Nuke Studio artists to work closer to the final image on their desktop, improving their speed and giving them the freedom to focus on the quality of their work. We look forward to updating our products to take advantage of what Mac Pro offers.” — Jody Madden, chief product and customer officer, Foundry

Universal Audio

“The new Mac Pro is a breakthrough in recording and mixing performance. Thunderbolt 3 and the numerous PCIe slots for installing UAD plug-in co-processors pair perfectly with our Apollo X series of audio interfaces. Combined with the sheer processing power of the Mac Pro, our most demanding users will be able to track and mix the largest sessions effortlessly.” – Bill Putnam Jr., CEO, Universal Audio

Cine Tracer

“Thanks to the unbelievable power of the new Mac Pro, users of Cine Tracer will be able to work in 4K and higher resolution in real time when visualizing their projects. And with twice as many lights to work with in the same scene, combined with Unreal Engine’s real-time graphics technology, artists can now load scenes that were previously too large or graphically taxing.” — Matt Workman, developer, Cine Tracer

Pixelmator

“The new Mac Pro is insanely fast — it’s by far the fastest image editor we’ve ever experienced or seen. With the incredible Pro Display XDR, all-new photo editing workflows are now a reality. When editing RAW shots, users can choose to view extended dynamic detail in images, invisible on other displays, for a phenomenal viewing experience like we never imagined.” — Simonas Bastys, lead developer, Pixelmator

Serif

“Affinity Photo users demand the highest levels of performance, and the new, insanely powerful Mac Pro, coupled with the new discrete, multi-GPU support in Photo 1.7 allows our users to work in real time on massive, deep-color projects. Thanks to our extensive Metal adoption, every stage of the editing process is accelerated. And as Photo scales linearly with multiple GPUs, users will see up to four-time performance gains over the iMac Pro and 20 times over typical PC hardware. It’s the fastest system we’ve ever run on. Our Metal support also means incredible HDR support for the new Pro Display XDR.” — Ashley Hewson, managing director, Serif

SideFX

“With the new Mac Pro’s incredible compute performance and amazing graphics architecture, Houdini users will be able to work faster and more efficiently, unleashing a whole new level of creativity.” — Cristin Barghiel, vice president of Product Development, SideFX

Epic Games

“Epic’s Unreal Engine on the new Mac Pro takes advantage of its incredible graphics performance to deliver amazing visual quality, and will enable workflows that were never possible before on a Mac. We can’t wait to see how the new Mac Pro enhances our customers’ limitless creativity in cinematic production, visualization, games and more.” — Kim Libreri, CTO, Epic Games

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s just brutally powerful, yet so elegantly designed.

Took you long enough, but bravo, Apple, bravo!

28 Comments

    1. Well, there is the issue of a Fall release. After six years of waiting, I expect to hear griping about the Mac Pro and XDR display not being immediately available.

      You might also hear some griping about pricing. The computer (base config) and monitor seem reasonably priced versus comparable PC equipment. But the monitor stand seemed awfully expensive, no matter how artfully it is engineered. And who knows how much the Mac Pro upgrades (processors, graphics cards, etc.) will run. A fully configured Mac Pro will be an expensive beast!

      But won’t it be great to see a Mac Pro dominating the stand-alone workstation space again?! And isn’t it clever for Apple to use a sub-chassis design that supports rack mount.

      1. Not from me. I’m just glad to hear delivery might not happen until 2020. All my needs are taken care of until September so it’s perfect timing for me.

      2. Im sure there will be many aftermarket stand solutions for much less !!
        When they announced the stand and its price
        was not one of the better moments today.

        But, overall, im very happy with everything i saw !

        Good Job Tim and Team 👊👍

    2. Would calling them the return of Silicon Graphics be a complaint? Because I do think it’s fitting. That was a niche market though and priced accordingly.

      Meanwhile… who tells the T2 who’s boss? The owner of the machine, or Apple?

    3. I’ll bite.

      They made the cheese grater motif even uglier.
      PCIe 3.0 is what’s in the 5-year-old trashcan. Based on their demonstrated commitment to the product, it will be 4 PCIe generations out of date before its next refresh.
      Half the i/o ports are on the top of the box.
      Pricetag ensures low adoption rate, which means PCIe device manufacturers will not bother with macOS drivers, which means it will be useful only for products made by Apple’s tight partner companies (Adobe/Autodesk for now). You must sell this thing at a loss to get it on desks. It is not an established brand.
      They’re selling a display without a stand or a mounting plate. Let’s just think about that.

      1. Just looked overt the specs on Apple’s site.
        On the back is two USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and two 10Gb ethernet ports.
        On top is two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Not half.

  1. I very much enjoyed reading down to the last review — all enthusiastic even Affinity, my PS replacement because I refuse to be shackled to Adobe’s debtors’ prison.

  2. Yo Jim: I’ll posit that no Apple follower thinks the products suck and I’ll assume this MP won’t disappoint. In fact, I’ll guess and hope this machine does it superbly.
    With that said, the so called “usual suspects” have had a right to moan/groan and your comment is consistent with your fanboi position that side steps the ridiculous span of time that Tim and gang have failed the pro users. Let’s not forget, Tim and crew failed to update the “pro” machine for a long/long time and even the stand-in “pro” machine actually started a migration of pros away from the platform because it was more a museum piece than one fitting into a working studio. Your comment is a bit like a child’s “I told you so” stated from a place of safety.

    1. Well Ron… the ‘usual suspects’ are not the ones who complained about the failure of the trash can pro… or lack of attention to pros in general by Apple……I WAS ONE OF THEM who complained …. way before most jumped on board… starting years and years ago …

      But my comment is about those who continued to ridicule Apple and Tim past Apple full acknowledgment of dropping the ball 2 years ago and pre announcing through a news conference that they will be correcting the mistakes made.. both on the pro computer and display side.
      Despite, the USUAL SUSPECTS , went on bashing Apple and neglecting what was said and continued predicting all kinds of garbage for what Apple would eventually deliver.. mocking left and right with total disregard for what Apple had acknowledged .

      Now that does not make me me a BLIND FANBOY… but it makes the Usual Suspects BLIND AND DEAF HATERS AND WHINERS …
      (And by the way, of course I’m a fan boy.. or why would any of us waste our time on forums like this.. unless we are trolls. Yup i am a fanboy.. nothing negative about that as u try to make it sound…. but here is the key.. im neither a BLIND OR DEAF fanboy or a hater.
      And believe me .. even if Apple delivered a custom made computer to those usual suspects personal specs .. they would still complain.. thats what they do !

  3. Are you kidding me? Yes way over priced how can you tell you a running 8k streams if the monitor is only display 6k? And for 5k the stand doesn’t come with the monitor? Come on people. AMD will probably release an eypc processor with 32 cores and kick the hell out of intel especially when the intel needs a patch.

    I’m tired of iPhone. I see it everyday. Sometimes for several hours. Know if the add the feature where iPhone would cook or clean or create world piece I’m ready to see another presentation about it.

    One last thing Linus of Linux fame sucks! And so does his software. But with everybody else adding their work it has actually gotten better.

        1. If you’re editing 8K “good enough” probably won’t cut it and the extra $1500 for 2.5 times the brightness and hundreds of times better contrast with 100% p3 compatibility is probably worth it to a professional.

        2. That monitor has gotten tepid reviews mostly because of dead pixels. “Great at first…” Also NOT as good for grading as Apple’s and others. Okay for regular use though.

    1. Wow a rant par excellence … a little more detail to content and legibility might have been nice mind. Slowing down your ranting might be helpful in this regard so it makes some sense to the reader. So only a 4 out of 10 from me I’m afraid.

  4. The return of a standalone curated Apple monitor priceless, better late than never, now put the same monitor on a up sized iMac I am done with TV’s.

  5. I am happy they are finally bringing this to fruition. I will be purchasing 2 Mac Pros and 2 Displays the minute I can order them. Thanks Apple, and Thank you for listening to the PRO users, and the companies that NEED your PRO machines to continue to grow. 🙂

  6. “It’s just brutally powerful, yet so elegantly designed… Took you long enough, but bravo, Apple, bravo!”

    For once I have to agree with MDN. There will be a lot to learn about how to build, support and use these Macs and accesories, but I look forward to it. One of my vid production clients already wants two, out of the gate, to start transitioning asap away from pre-2013 Mac Pros.

    Vaporware no more (assuming ship dates don’t slip away…)!

    And let’s hope they haven’t been scheduled for assembly in China!

  7. If you go the Apple route and buy the entry level Mac and the Pro Display monitor you’re close to $10,000. And I think it’s really dumb that Apple is starting out with a lousy 256GB SSD. I have a 256GB SSSD in my old White MacBook! I’m curious how expensive this machine will be if you max it out. Gotta be more than $15,000. It better be REALLY snappy!!

    1. Why build a machine that cost so much that only a handful can afford? Perhaps Epyc, when release won’t cost anywhere near what Xeon cost and AMD will do 32, 64, and 128 cores… HAHAHAHA. Well let’s let a 128 core cost at least as much. Let’s hope there are motherboard companies that would build a single and dual socket boards with at least 6 PCIe 4.0 and how about all 6 be x32 PCIe+ capable. or just for giggles all 64 bit channels… who knows, AMD seems to be on fire these days. Now let’s see, how about the ability to max out ram on the motherboard at 1T.

      motherboard 500.00
      processors 1000, 2000, 4000 dollars AMD will need the cash for Zen 4
      1 T ram
      2 M.2s
      now computer engineers have at it… what can you add to such a box to make it go even faster.

      since 8k is going to be the standard, panel manufacturers stop wasting resources on 4K. give us panels that when we claim we are working with 8K we can see 8K.

    2. I would imagine the original drive would be OS and apps only. Then big ass RAID arrays for all the data you will be working on. 512GB really should have been the starting size.
      Pro users please give you opinion…

      1. Its a base config, which is what most pros will buy, then populate as they wish. Why whinge about it?

        In 1990, my brand new Macintosh IIfx with 24-bit graphics card and 16 MB of RAM and an Apple HiRes RGB monitor was just a shade under $13,000. It propelled our business into whole new areas of business. There was no PC equivalent, and no PC software that could handle 24-bit colour (actually 32 for CMYK and RGBA). Was it worth it? Did Windows users tout they could build their own “exactly the same only better” PC? Did they think we were crazy? Yes, yes and yes. But we were literally years ahead for a couple years, and that machine and the others we subsequently purchased, paid for themselves within the first month or two.

        These are tools for professionals, not hobbyists, and priced accordingly. Ask a mechanic why they spend four-to-five times what we pay for their SNAPON or MAC wrenches, pliers, etc. As pros, we get to write-off some of the cost as well. Pros will buy this because they need tools that WORK, have excellent SERVICE and a goid WARRANTY. Care to try matching any of THAT on your homebrew junk?

        Quit bitching about the base config – thats not the end-of-the-line, its the beginning!

        Sheesh!

        Dmz

        1. The base 256GB SSD is under-specced. No doubt about it.

          Given how much Apple overcharges for SSDs & RAM, it’s another example of squeezing the customers just to make a plausible sounding price point.

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