Moving from Mac to PC?
We've helped a large number of our customers transition to PC and have put together a FAQ with the most common questions we receive. Ranging from migrating projects, alternatives to ProRes, or simply navigating the Windows UI; we can help you make the move from Mac to PC.
Premiere Pro CC Workstation FAQ
Q: I'm thinking of moving from Mac to PC. Can you help?
A: Absolutely! Over the years we have helped quite a few of our customer make the move from Mac to PC. In fact, it is a large enough number that we have a dedicated Moving from Mac to PC? FAQ page to answer some of the more common questions we receive.
Q: Do any of your systems support Thunderbolt?
A: Yes! Our Standard Workstation natively supports Thunderbolt 3 which is currently the latest and fastest version of Thunderbolt. Unfortunately, our Compact Workstation does not yet have Thunderbolt support - but we are working on it!
Q: Does having more CPU cores improve Premiere Pro performance? Should I get a dual Xeon system?
A: Premiere Pro does a decent job at utilizing multiple CPU cores, but there is a steep drop in performance gain after around 8-10 CPU cores. In the past, using a dual Xeon workstation with multiple CPUs made sense as that was the only way to get more than a handful of CPU cores but today you can hit near maximum performance in Premiere Pro with just a single 10-core Intel CPU. In fact, due to the extra overhead associated with having multiple physical CPUs, a dual Xeon system will be slow in most cases than even a cheaper single CPU workstation. You can read more about this in our Should you use a Dual Xeon for Premiere Pro? article.
Q: You only list Core i7 CPUs, don't I need a Xeon CPU?
A: In the past, Xeon CPUs were more robust than their Core i# counterparts. Today, however, there is very little functional difference between the two Intel product families for workstations. In addition, Xeon CPUs are almost always clocked slightly lower than the Core i7 CPUs which means that you will be giving up a small amount of performance to gain a set of features that are typically only useful for servers.
Q: Do I need to use a Quadro card or is GeForce/Titan OK?
A: Either type of card should work great in Premiere Pro, but for most users a GeForce card is the better option. They are much more affordable are able to match performance of the Quadro cards for fraction of the cost. However, there are two main benefits to using a Quadro video card - they support 10-bit displays and we have found them to be a bit more reliable long-term. If you are concerned about performance, we have articles available that look at both the GeForce/Titan cards and Quadro cards.
Q: Do your systems support 10-bit HDMI or SDI displays?
A: Depending on the selected hardware, our workstations do support 10-bit displays. One method to do so is to use an NVIDIA Quadro video card, but we also list a number of Blackmagic Decklink cards that can be used for 10-bit HDMI/SDI 4K displays. Our compact system offers the Decklink Mini Monitor 4K (HDMI/SDI 4K out) and our standard system offers both the Mini Monitor 4K and the Decklink Sudio 4K 6G-SDI (HDMI/SDI 4K in and out).
Q: How much system RAM do I need?
A: The amount of RAM you need is going to depend on the resolution, length, and complexity of your timelines. However, as a general rule of thumb we recommend 32GB if you work with 1080p footage, 64GB for 4K footage, and 128GB for 6K or 8K footage. Note that our compact system currently only allows for a maximum of 64GB of RAM so if you work with 6K or higher footage we recommend using our Standard workstation.
Q: Should I use an SSD for my files?
A: Yes! SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives and in many cases can be noticeably faster than the older style drives. In fact, in some cases (most commonly working with RAW footage) even an SSD is not fast enough so we recommend using the newer NVMe style drive which are around five times faster than a standard SSD. [Click Here] for more information on setting up your storage drives for Premiere Pro.
Q: Will your systems work for 360 degree or VR video?
A: Premiere Pro only has basic 360 degree video editing functionality at the moment, but we have tested our systems with both the native effects as well as with 3rd paty plug-ins like Mettle (which was actually recently acquired by Adobe). In fact, since Premiere Pro does not support the stitching of 360 degree video, we have also done extensive testing for Kolor's Autopano Video Pro looking at CPU performance, GPU performance, and even how our workstations compare to the Mac Pro. The good news is that Autopano Video Pro utilizes hardware in a very similar manner to Premiere Pro, so the hardware choices in our workstations that are optimized for Premiere Pro are also terrific for Autopano Video Pro.
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