Hollywood filmmakers, editors, and post-production companies are reporting “a huge failure” of a big number of Mac Pro computers running Avid Media Composer, a popular app in the film industry.
Reports say that computers have not been able to reboot.
The article goes on to say that there is a “potential solution” in the works. This appears to be reinstalling macOS while leaving data intact.
BIG ALERT tonight regarding #Apple, and #MacOS running on the can. DO NOT SHUT DOWN!! #AvidEditors #Avid Apparently something is corrupting one of the UNIX root level folders. Back up everything, not just on the servers is you are in a connected environment. Refer to below FB pg pic.twitter.com/iLlfHVRfmp— MarcusPun (@MarcusPun) September 24, 2019
There are mixed messages about the factors concerned, but reports of macOS 10.11 to 10.14 are affected.
Variety suggests that the issue is widespread.
Isolated reports suggest that computers are “slowly crashing,” but most of them seem to refer to reboot failures on startup or after a intentional restart. This indicates that most people can prevent the issue by not shutting down or rebooting machines.
The recommendation for anyone using Mac Pros running Avid is to make instant backups to safeguard your job, and not to shut down / reboot until more is known.
Filmmakers are a key target for the upcoming 2019 Mac Pro, which was shown for the first time this year at WWDC. Apple has identified impressive specs.
- 300 watts of power, runs fully unconstrained
- 2933 MHz ECC memory, 12 DIMM slots
- 8 internal PCI slots, four double-wide slots, three single side slots
- Half-length slot populated with two TB3 ports, audio jack, two USB A ports, two 10Gb Ethernet ports
- Up to 1.5 terabytes of RAM
- Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores
- Apple designed a PCI connector with a second PCIe connector and power
- Multiple graphics options; can configure with options such as Radeon Pro Vega II
- Two GPUs connected via Infinity Fabric Link, 5X faster than PCI bust
- Apple built a brand new card called Afterburner for video editing, 6 billion pixels per second. 3 streams of 8K, 12 streams of 4K
Yesterday, we learned that this will be assembled in the US with more US components in a move likely to skirt 25% of import tariffs.