Motion pros: why swapping Mac for HP can boost your productivity

Jon Walton has brought some of the biggest names in the music business to our screens, including The Killers, David Bowie, Alt-J, Kings of Leon, and Paul Weller. Working on multi-cam music shows for the likes of Channel 4, ITV2, NBC, and the Sundance Channel, his production company, My Little Eye TV, requires hardware capable of supporting high-performance editing software. But recently they found themselves at a crossroads, where they realised they'd have to upgrade their aging software and hardware to improve their productivity and maintain industry leadership.

For the first four series of 'Live From Abbey Road', a show for Channel 4 featuring live performances and interviews and filmed with up to five cameras, they'd been using Final Cut Pro running on Mac Pros. "But by series four the kit was starting to struggle," says Walton. "It was effectively four years old. My Mac Pro was crashing up to 10 times day, and every time I needed to use an effect it was taking an age to render."

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