Originally Posted by v5v
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
I don't know what the consumer requirement for retina or 4K displays are -- but in the video editing and publishing industry 4K is becoming the norm.
I would agree that 4K is becoming "more common" but I think it's an exaggeration to call it "the norm." I do not believe that the majority of work being done in a typical post house is 4K, never mind by the thousands of independent shooter/editors.
Getting back to the topic, Thunderbolt 2 will at least make it possible to get 4K from the disk to the machine more affordably than current methods, but can current Macs even play pro-codec 4K video? Our 2009 Mac Pro can't even play 1080i at pro-level bit rates.
I have a mostly * loaded 2011 iMac 27"
* I screwed up and ordered only 1GB VRAM instead of 2GB
I have 2 Promise Pegasus 12 daisy chained on 1 ThunderBolt port -- and an old 23" Cinema Display to the other Thunderbolt port (thru adapter).
The Thunderbolt Pegasuses outperform the built-in SSD on the iMac.
I don't have any 4K camera as a source for 4K video...
But, I did locate some 4K footage on the web -- enough to experiment with...
Using FCPX, I can work with the 4K footage quite acceptably on the iMac!
I am retired, so I don't do this for a living -- rather for my own amazement