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  • Thu, Apr 20 2017 10:46 AM

    • mikepat
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    Hackintosh + Media Composer: recent build experience?

    I've pushed my 2008 Mac Pro as far as it can possibly go and really need to upgrade my system. All my archives and software are Mac formatted so switching back to PC is not appealing, and I'm forced to consider the hackintosh route as I can't wait any more for new mac hardware to arrive at some indeterminate point in the future.  Does anyone have any recent experience of hackintosh builds that play nicely with Media Composer? I'm looking at the TonyMacx86 Mac Pro buyers guide as a potential starting point.

    MC 8.6.1, OS X 10.10.5, 2x2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (Harpertown), 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT [view my complete system specs]
  • Thu, Apr 20 2017 2:28 PM In reply to

    • pierreh
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    Re: Hackintosh + Media Composer: recent build experience?

    The other option is to find a 2009 (to 2012) Mac Pro and up its specs (including the CPU). That would work.

    Otherwise I don't see why the Hackintosh route would be a problem. Carefully choose the components, make sure it has an ethernet ID, and is seen as a Mac, stick to a stable OS (El Capitan more that Sierra), and it should work. 

    Don't know about Media Composer but there is a famous sound post house here in Paris that runs its ProTools fleet... from Hackintoshes.

    - Work: MacPro 2010 3.46Ghz 12 Cores 48Gig mem, int and ext Raids, Nitris DX, 10.11.6 - Home: MacBookPro 2.5Ghz quad-i7, 16Gig Mem and SSD OSX 10.9.5 [view my complete system specs]
  • Fri, Apr 21 2017 12:30 AM In reply to

    • Isaac T.
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    Re: Hackintosh + Media Composer: recent build experience?

    @mikepat: first-hand experience - I wouldn't. It's a house of cards. Updating becomes a 20-step process. Minimum half-day just do OS updates.

    Like Pierre said, find an old Mac Pro (2009-2012) and soup it up.

    Old Mac's:

    1. https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Apple-Systems/Used/Mac-Pro

    2. http://www.macofalltrades.com/Refurbished-Used-Apple-Mac-Pros-s/298.htm

    Storage & Upgrades - https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/mac-pro/2009-2012

    I just bought the Accelsior Q for my Mid-2010 Mac Pro. Insane sustained throughput.

    nVidia just released drivers for Pascal 10 series video cards. Won't help with Media Composer, but definitely makes buying an old Mac Pro worth it for now:

    http://barefeats.com/cmp_pascal.html

     

     

     

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  • Fri, Apr 21 2017 9:04 AM In reply to

    • mikepat
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    Re: Hackintosh + Media Composer: recent build experience?

    Thanks for the replies.  Good to get first hand experience of hackintosh route. It's obviously a last resort and perhaps I haven't considered replacing with a newer, but still old, Mac enough. 'Upgrading' to a min 5 year old computer doesn't feel like a great option but this is where we are I guess (thanks Apple!). Any more hackintosh experiences people would like to share?

    MC 8.6.1, OS X 10.10.5, 2x2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (Harpertown), 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT [view my complete system specs]
  • Fri, Apr 21 2017 3:31 PM In reply to

    Re: Hackintosh + Media Composer: recent build experience?

    Having gotten to the point in my life where I no longer have the patience to dic# with things un-neccessarily for my profession (there's enough BS to deal with my just software updates and bugs), I've stuck with a 2010 12-core.  SSD boot, 64GB Ram, GTX 980Ti6GB GPU, usb3 card and fiber to Terrablock -- things holds up pretty strong considering it's now a 7-year old 'puter.  That said, we have various others here, but I CAN tell you that one is the 5k retina iMac and that thing screams.  It even can work with raw 6k red in Premiere (and that's sayin' something).  If you need breakout PCI for some reason (i.e., 10Gb or fibre), it's not too expensive to get yourself a thunderbolt expansion chassis.  If you are really hurting for an upgrade, or just something to hold you over for when Apple comes clean with their plans (caution I hear new iMac's are in store 3rd quarter this year), either one will do you very very well.

     

    Best,

    Jason

    2010 Mac Pro 2.66 GHz 12-core 64GB GTX 780 Solid State Boot 8x Fibre to Terrablock Currently running 10.11.6 El Capitan Symphony 8.7 [view my complete system specs]
  • Mon, May 1 2017 12:48 PM In reply to

    • Tentaor
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    Re: Hackintosh + Media Composer: recent build experience?

    I am working perfectly for years with this one:

     

    https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/slugnets-video-editor-ga-z77x-ud5h-i7-3770k-gigabyte-geforce-gtx-660-ti.70530/

    MAC PRO EARLY 2008 16 GB RAM OSX EL CAPITAN 10.11.6 media composer 8.8.2 [view my complete system specs]
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