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    Edius on Apple Silicon M1


    Given all the issues of designing and maintaining any software that runs on the mess that is Windows X86, or more accurately, the hardware variations across anything that's associated with what is typically known as IBM compatible X86. Would Edius feel the benefit of a cohesive and hardware/OS unified platform such as Apple Silicon?

    Edius on Mac, or more specifically, Edius X on Apple Silicon M1 ARM based Mac computers, would seem to make a lot of sense.

    I would assume that once Edius was ported to ARM and RISC that the Edius programming team and engineers back in Kobe Japan would have a much easier time maintaining Edius and keeping on top of it. Maybe being left with more productive use of their time by adding functionality to Edius instead of spending valuable time trying to patch issues that are X86 hardware related and not necessary Edius related.

    Think about it. At the moment Edius, like most high end production software on Windows X86, has to compete with the huge variation of hardware that makes up a typical Windows X86 PC. Compatibility with GPUs is massive issue as Edius can't use anything other than Intel for decoding H.264 and H.265 codec based MP4 camera files. Only Quick Sync on Intel CPUs can be used for this function and as we all know, that function is somewhat broken since Intel moved to their 11th Generation CPU architecture and the latest variation of iGPU that they use based on DG1 and variations of their UHD integrated graphics.

    The further complication of Edius not being able to utilise AMD or NVIDIA GPUs to any great degree beyond using NVENC for H.264 and H.265 encoding/exporting, is also another consideration.

    So imagine if Edius was on Mac. It would be on a platform that's totally unified from the Operating System to the main hardware. Apple Silicon M1 ARM has Apple's own design for ARM RISC based CPU cores and the same again for the GPU cores and also has Apple's own Video Toolbox which can be seen as something similar to Quick Sync on Intel, separate silicon that deals with the tasks of decoding and encoding H.264 and H.265

    Furthermore. Being on Apple Silicon and its scalable ARM architecture means that performance will directly scale when the Apple Silicon SoC, system on chip, itself scales. Basically, if Apple do bring out the mooted Apple Silicon M1X, which is an M1 CPU SoC with more CPU cores and Graphic cores, the performance of software that use these functions will increase.

    Then when Apple move on to new generations of Apple Silicon, for instance M2, M3, M4 etc. assuming they keep to the obvious nomenclature. Then the IPC uplift from one generation CPU SoC to the next as well as the inevitable increase in cores for both CPU and GPU, will once again benefit Edius if it were on that platform.

    There would also be number of real positive advantages for the end user as well. A Mac Mini M1 as an example, is virtually silent under full load. Extremely low power use by comparison to a typical Windows X86 video post production computer, in certain instance the power usage difference can be measured in thousands of percent. Then there's the almost lack of heat by comparison to a typical X86 production machine, again a reflection of the power draw. All in all, a much Greener computing platform.

    Anyway, just some food for thought.

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