Mac Studio with M1 Ultra reviewed by a professional photographer [VIDEO]
Apple unveiled the newest (and perhaps most powerful) addition to its Mac lineup, the Mac Studio and M1 Ultra System-on-a-Chip (SoC) earlier this month. According to the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant, the new Mac Studio lets users “do things that aren’t possible on any other desktop computer.”
To test how the advertised performance gains of the Mac Studio translate to photography and videography workflows, Tyler Stalman in a new video reviews the new Mac Studio equipped with the M1 Ultra and compares its performance to other Macs in photo and video editing apps.
Stalman is a professional photographer and videographer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The unit Stalman reviewed features an M1 Ultra with a 64-core GPU and 128GB of RAM. Right off the bat, Stalman concedes that the Mac Studio could to be the fastest Mac he’s ever worked with, probably including the 2019 Mac Pro which may cost more than twice so much.
And the numbers back up Stalman’s claims. Exporting 101 photos in Adobe Lightroom takes 5 minutes and 10 seconds on his 2019 Intel MacBook Pro, 1 minute and 29 seconds on his MacBook Pro M1 Max, and just 53 seconds on his Mac Studio M1 Ultra.
Video playback and cleanup are excellent in almost any video editing application on the new Mac Studio, even when editing up to 8K footage with LUTs and effects applied. There’s still plenty you can do to make the Mac Studio skip frames and wiggle here and there, but the device has far more tolerance for that sort of thing than any other Mac.
Exporting a minute-long clip to 4K .H264 in Final Cut Pro takes 3 minutes and 46 seconds on Stalman’s 2019 Intel MacBook Pro, 1 minute and 2 seconds on his MacBook Pro M1 Max, and just 51 seconds on his Mac Studio.
Stalman praised the Mac Studio for its abundance of I/O ports (the front-facing SD card reader in particular), its portability, and its compatibility with production workflows and environments.
The only complaint Stalman even had with the device was entirely superficial – the photographer-videographer found its design rather “utilitarian” and not as overbearing as, say, the Mac Pro or a high-end iMac.
In studios, you’re usually more about impressing everyone who comes with the flashiest, most powerful gear than you are about saving space. Stalman hopes the next Apple Silicon-based Mac Pro will fix that problem.
According to Stalman’s tests for photography and videography workflows, the M1 Ultra only brings moderate gains over the M1 Max in performance, but it offers a much higher tolerance for what you can get out of it. do and can be pushed much harder, much further.
Check out Stalman’s full video review and comparison below:
The all-new 2022 Mac Studio can be ordered today from Apple.ca and the Apple Store app. The Mac Studio began shipping to customers and arriving at select Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers on March 18.
In Canada, Mac Studio pricing starts at CAD$2,499. Additional configure-to-order options are available at apple.com/store.