Apple is poised to release the first iterations of its high-end production-ready Apple iMac Pro, boasting the choice of 8, 10 or 18-core Xeon processors, turbo boost up to 4.5GHz, up to 42MB cache, up to 128GB RAM, up to 4TB SSD data storage and up to 3GB/s throughput with latest generation I/O including 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports, 40Gb/s data transfer and 10GB Ethernet.
Any version of the iMac Pro can form the basis of a multiple display graphics, photography or video workstation with the attachment of up to two RAID systems and two 5K displays via its four Thunderbolt 3 ports at rear, allowing you to work on a 44-million pixel machine.
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divergent media, maker of a range of professional macOS video production software products, has released version 2.1 of its video transcoding essential EditReady to support High Sierra, the latest version of macOS, and HEVC H.265, the new standard for video compression supported by the Panasonic Lumix GH5 Super 16 M43 camera in its 6K Photo feature and by the incredible but sadly now discontinued Samsung NX1 and NX500 Super 35 cameras.
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Super 16/Micro Four Thirds mirrorless stills/video 4K hybrid camera.
Samsung NX1 with Samsung Premium S 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 ED OIS zoom lens.
H.265 HEVC was introduced into affordable media production via Samsung’s NX1 DSLR-style and NX500 rangefinder-style cameras when few computers and computer applications supported the codec but H.265’s advantages became immediately apparent and it was clear that HEVC was the way forward.
At the time, EditReady was one of the few professional video production applications to support H.265 transcoding so I immediately bought a licence and have used it ever since.
Both cameras’ video functionality and support for H.265 HEVC are lessons to which Fujifilm needs to pay close attention when developing its cameras’ video support.
The pointless killing off of Samsung’s innovative camera division left a gaping hole in current Super 35 APS-C camera offerings that Fujifilm just might, if it wishes, fill with the X-T2S or more likely the X-T3, given the abandonment of its “Ultimate $5,000+ APS-C X-Trans X-series camera” project.
Today we’re pleased to announce the release of EditReady 2.1. The release coincides with Apple’s release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. When run on 10.13 High Sierra, EditReady 2.1 adds support for encode of HEVC (H.265) videos. On systems that support it, HEVC is even hardware accelerated, making it significantly faster.
EditReady 2.1 is a free update for 2.0 customers. It can be downloaded here, or via in app auto update.
The full change list for 2.1:
adds HEVC output format in mov (10.13 only)
adds hardware accelerated HEVC encode and decode (10.13 only)
fixes random crash when adding clips
fixes silent audio when mixing down w/ strip silent tracks enabled
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Transcoding and scopes specialist Divergent Media has released a paid update to its popular macOS-only transcoding application EditReady. EditReady 2.0 adds support for 10-bit 4:2:2 H.264 files and H.265 HEVC files from Panasonic’s Lumix DC-GH5 camera in 4K UHD, 4K DCI and 6K Photo video as well as other video specifications.
Although other software products offer transcoding as part of their feature sets, the benefit of a small, nimble specialist like Divergent Media is its theoretical ability to respond quickly to new camera releases, and new codecs and specifications.
EditReady 2.0 seems to have beaten other transcoding tools to the punch on GH5 support so that alone is, IMHO, good enough justification for forking out for this full version updater.