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16" MacBook Pro Gets AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU & New SSD Kit for Mac Pro

Whilst we were perusing the specs for a new MacBook Pro, we noticed that there is now a more powerful graphics card option. There's also a new customer SSD upgrade kit for the Mac Pro.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro

We don't normally pay a lot of attention to the Mac specifications on the Apple site, but we have been contemplating a new MBP ever since we tested out the 16" model. 

So we were slightly surprised this morning to see that the 16" MBP can now be ordered with an AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU with integrated HBM2 memory.

The new GPU has 40 compute units (2560 stream processors) and 8GB of HBM2 memory integrated in the GPU package.

This should give users performance up to 75 percent faster than a Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6, and up to 3.5 times faster performance than a previous-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro.

With FCPX and Motion grabbing all the grunt they can from the GPU, this is one option we would recommend when buying a new MBP.

Not cheap though, the Apple.co.uk site has marked it up as a £800 option.

The SSD kit for Mac Pro

Apple has also released a kit that allows users to upgrade their internal SSD storage. Kits are available for 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB. Well, Apple did say that the Mac pro was modular!

 


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. 

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

amazon kindle BF

Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

FCP.co

Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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