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Patrick was busy today, but Stefan was available, so he drove over with HIS install flash drive. The one that he knew was bullet proof, and what he used to make his Hacks. So he arrives and takes over the command chair. He looks at the BIOS, adjusts a few things, and then boots off the flash drive. We watch the process.. Wait, something is happening.

We start the installer, it starts installing.

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OK, this is working. I must have messed something up on my end with the installer. Then the BIOS popped up again. OK, so we try again, but we need for format the drive first, as it has a partial install on it. Try again, same message. So we google the issue. Well, I had to format it with my computer. So I do that, put it back into the Hack. Try the install again. Stefan starts googling and reading about similar events. Finds some post on an Apple forum about this.

One suggestion is that the SATA cable might be bad. So we swap out the cable. YES, that was the issue! We run the installer again. OK, what is this? I take it out, put back in the RAM Patrick bought.

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Reboot, reformat the drive, start the install. Ok…it was 1AM, and I started a job the next day and needed to get up early. And Stefan needed a break too. This perplexed us both…these are solid installs. After work I get home to a package. So now I had two orders of RAM. But…let me try it in the computer first. After dinner Patrick came over with an installer that he made custom for this build, using yet another method. Same base installer as before, but more modifications. Get to the installer, reformat the drive, run the installer. We both curse and hit the desk at the same time.

We thought for sure this would do it. So more fiddling, more install attempts.

And it was getting late again, the kids school started tomorrow, and I needed to be up at 5: He takes my machine and I bid him farewell. Patrick texts me in the evening. The computer is fried! I had a question for him. I found them in the street near where he parked his car. Patrick bought a power supply tester and tested my power supply.

That meant that it was something else…the motherboard. BUT…do you recall early on that I said that he bought an identical board? That evening he was nice enough to take apart the computer, unplug all the power and computer connections, take the board out, take out the processor, clean it off, and reinstall it and the heat sink and all the connections to his motherboard.

Mounted it in your case, hooked all the cables. No glitches or errors, ran Cinebench just fine.

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Of course the internal GPU is only 24 fps as opposed to for the Nvidia, but damn. The damn thing worked! It was the motherboard…the whole time it was the flipping motherboard. This is actually something that Stefan said might be the issue. But, when you first turn it on you encounter this start screen, that asks which drive you want to boot from. It defaults to the main installer, so all I have to do is press enter, and then it boots normally. The computer info makes the claim to be a 14,2 iMac.

Now, I know that the 15,1 is the most current model, but the system acted…wonky, when we put that info into the config. And there you have it. The Saga of the Amphibi-hack. ALL of this trouble installing things, all of the issues and errors, and it was the motherboard. Some flaw in it caused the install to fail. The next day Patrick brought it back, and I hooked everything up and it booted just fine.

I hope to install it soon. But Avid works fine…great actually. I spent two days working with it, addressing network notes on a show and cutting 5 min of extra footage for international. Renders were fast, and the export was quicker than real time review quality export. What took me min for a 45 min sequence on my laptop takes minutes on the Hack.

Whizzed through corrections, the interface was snappy…and went to render it out.

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It rendered in what looked like two times speed, and sure enough, the 45 min of extras rendered out in 23 min. I did the same output with my laptop…48 min. So yes, huge improvement. But what I really like is that the GPU tested higher than both. And note, this measures up between an iMac and late model MacPro…but it cost a fraction of what they do.

And, as you can see, doing all of this required help. If this were a smooth install, were the motherboard a good one, the initial installer would have worked fine, and I would…should…have been able to do this fine on my own. The instructions are pretty clear on what BIOS settings to adjust and what boot options to enable and disable. And the Hacks my friends made all work great too, and are their primary work machines. So if you want to embark on this adventure, I encourage it. It helps build ones technical knowledge and gets you invested in your computer.

But I do advise you try to find someone to help out, if you can. Because as you can see…shit happens. Before I get into this build saga, I want to say a word of warning. Unless you are a very technical person who knows how to navigate a basic PC BIOS motherboard OS or how to swap out some computer code or know some specifics about piecing together a computer from scratch, I suggest getting help. Even though I am a pretty technical person, and I have built a Hackintosh before, I still needed help.


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Even after getting help with the first Hack, I still needed help. A lot of it was advice on parts, but the vast majority was in installing the modified OS, and making sure that everything in the BIOS was set for the computer to work. Yes, there are step by step instructions online, but some of these assume you have some basic assembly skills, and BIOS knowhow and a bit of troubleshooting chops.

I had that, but still needed help. So if you intend to do this, I suggest you find someone who has done this before, or someone who is technical enough to help decipher what some of the code and tech lingo means. I could not have done this without the gracious help, and patience, of Stefan Avalos and Patrick Sheffield. The reasons will become clear as the saga unfolds. But it has served me well.

It does well too, but really only with Avid and simple Resolve and Adobe projects. And I have several 4K projects on the horizon. One big stumbling block in this quest for a new computer is that I am a die hard Mac user. I have been since I bought my first computer in But Apple is fairly behind in their professional line of desktops. One year younger than my laptop. Sure, the latest iMac came out in Oct, , but I have issues with the expandability of the model.

BOTH models to tell the truth. Neither one allows for more internal drives to be added. Neither one allows me to be able to install any sort of card to add ports like eSATA or Fibre or SAS or an internal capture card without using an external box. Apple is dropping the ball on the professional computer needs for video post, this much is clear. So what about the other option? A PC running Windows. And yes, there are great computers out there for this…the HP line is especially popular, and a solid choice.

These are decent prices for companies or individuals that use them all the time, and have rental income on them year round. And have small budgets. But I have another issue…most of my clients require ProRes exports. This had me looking at Apple options. I spoke to many people and they said that interesting enough, the Retina iMacs were more stable with Resolve and Premiere Pro than the late-model MacPro.

And there were reports of graphics cards issues on the MacPro…an issue so bad that Apple offered a repair program for it. Many people recommended that I get the best iMac there is, and maxed out with everything…better processor, the most RAM it could get, best graphics card offered. And any expansion, as I said, is all external, which means a more cluttered workstation.

And no Nvidia options, that Adobe and Resolve tend to like more. That got me to thinking…what about a Hackintosh? And I have a couple friends to have also done this before, quite a few times.

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They have built multiple systems for themselves and others.. Hackintosh models that they use professionally, for years. So I got to looking into that option. NOTE…in order to build a Hackintosh need to get very specific computer components that have been tested to work properly with the modified Mac OS. I set about researching this starting with the go-to site for this, tonymacx In looking for a basic motherboard, I found one that many people used…it has two Thunderbolt 2 and lots of USB 3 ports, and it one of the MacPro build options. I found the other components I wanted, but without that motherboard that has Thunderbolt 2…I was stalled.

Why so adamant about Thunderbolt 2? I also have a BlackMagic Extreme 4K capture box that has Thunderbolt…so I pretty much need a board with TB2 in order to be able to connect to most of my hard drives, and my video IO box that I used with all my editing apps. Patrick the other helpful guy had a wireless ethernet receiver that he had sitting unused, so he gave that to me. If you configure it, you can equip it with an 4. But mine can turbo boost to 4. OK…so the saga begins. I ordered the parts and soon they arrived. A mini review for a mini color panel. When I unpacked it, I noted that it was nice and light.

Not too light, but not too heavy. Has a Wacom lightness to it. The construction of it is part of what keeps the cost down. No big thing, the booklet enclosed gives directions to download and install the minor plugin it needs. I was ready to go. The unit is very simple, and has only the most basic controls. I am more of an online editor, and my focus is documentary work, leaning towards historic docs with old footage. A few interviews thrown in, or decent b-roll, but my main goal in color grading is to simply make the footage look good.

For that work I would tend to recommend the larger color panels. But for what I do, the controls this unit offered were perfect. The balls allow you to adjust the color. By default, the A button is empty, the B button bypasses the grade, so you can, with one click, see what the footage looks like graded and ungraded…and buttons next to the balls are reset buttons. But the mapper app will allow you to map what you want to those buttons. Using those controls in my little test was a great experience.

The responsiveness is just what I want, not too sensative. This was just right out of the box. I took to it right away. To that end, the Ripple is just what I needed for all my professional, and family video, needs. In short, I really really like it. It is being end-of-lifed. It is a sad thing to see this go…it has been one of the most useful software tools in my kit for many many years, it not the most useful. MTS camera masters into Quicktime files. You could either re-wrap it as MOV and still retain the H.

What was great about ClipWrap is that Mike, the main guy over at Divergent Media , seemed to always be on top of the new formats, and would release updates to ClipWrap much faster than the camera makers would release plugins. Which was very helpful for those times your producer buys the latest camera, shoots a sizzle reel, and then needs you to edit it right away.

A producer of mine bought the brand new Sony NX camera and shot a pilot with it. Of course, FCP 7 had issues bringing this in. If a clip was shorter than 5 min, all was good. I tried it, and it worked! But there was a small glitch in the first 2 seconds of the clips…every clip.

So I emailed Mike with the issue, he asked for a small sample file, I sent one his way, and within a day an update was released that made that glitch go away. So yeah…ClipWrap, that amazing app, is going away. No…they have a better option going forward. Everything that ClipWrap was and is, is available in EditReady …and has been for quite some time.

AND…it will do it a lot faster than ClipWrap does. Up to three times faster in many cases. And you can make adjustments to the image like flipping, rotating, retiming and applying LUTs. Everything ClipWrap is, plus a whole lot more. So stop recommending ClipWrap to people on help forums. Move on to the more improved EditReady. Exact same price, but tons more features. And yes, a trial is available.

Yes, I was approached by Mike to do a write up on this. ClipWrap has saved by bacon more than once. And Mike has always been nice, personable, and quick to address any issues that came up. To play in your browser or download direct, click here. This one is about bidding on a job where we doubled our budget…. This one uses making a puzzle as a metaphor for cutting a documentary and reality show.

As you can see here, I have the audio stems laid out on my timeline. Forgetting the name of it, might have been Acronis I also planned on cloning my Mac OS drive, as I tend to do this every 6 months so that anything I install on the working system is there. I was faced with a problem. But this seemed to be an omen of things to come… So, here it was, Friday night and all my stuff arrived. So I did all that…correction, Patrick did all that… And we modified things and started the boot! Can you guess what happened next?

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