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Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion, What Does It Mean for Filmmakers?

07.25.12 @ 12:03PM Tags : , ,

Today Apple released the update to OS X Lion — this time called OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8). As with any new Apple operating system release, there is always excitement mixed with some eventual dread. New OS versions tend to break (or at least make unstable) some large and complicated programs we use every day that haven’t had the chance to update — like Premiere Pro or Avid (I would hope that Final Cut X wouldn’t have any issues since it’s an Apple product). Many don’t have any problems, but often the kinks are worked out by manufacturers in a short amount of time. I haven’t yet installed the update, but if you’re wondering what’s new in this version, here is a great 5 minute video that will show most of the major updates:


As with any update, if you’re currently working on a project that is critical, it’s usually best to wait a few weeks to update your entire operating system. The encrypted backups look like a nice feature, as well as the proper dictation, but the native mirroring with Apple TV and the new security settings will affect filmmakers the most. Apple could set a very dangerous precedent in the future for their operating system if at some point in the future if they completely disallow applications that haven’t been purchased through the App store (similar to how the iPhone is a closed system). In one sense it keeps a lot of malware from being downloaded and installed on various computers, but it also allows Apple to have a complete monopoly over their own software/hardware. If developers have to go through them no matter what, Apple can set their own terms for software as they see fit.

Of course, just like the iPhone, it doesn’t mean that this software couldn’t be opened up to change a setting like this, but it’s a little scary to even think that Apple might be heading in that direction. Paranoia aside, the update is extremely cheap ($20), and should provide for a bit more stability as well as the new features outlined above.

If do you download the update, it would be great if you could share any problems and issues you might have, as there could be other people suffering from the same issues.

Link: Apple OS X Mountain Lion – Mac App Store

[via Lifehacker]

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  • So far, I haven’t had any problems with Adobe CS6. The new features of Mountain Lion are really nice.

  • Well yes, this will be a great update for anyone who has an iPhone or iPad – it’s great to see they’ve neglected OS X desktop/laptop users by giving “over 200 features”, the majority of which can already be found on their handheld devices.

    The question you posed in your title still remains: What does this mean for filmmakers? There isn’t anything on here that’s any more beneficial to the video field than to a soccer mom.

    • I think the native Apple TV mirroring is actually really interesting for filmmakers and film people, assuming you have one of those (Apple TV) – but for anyone who has worked in the offices for a production company, you know that trying to get video from a device to a screen can be fairly difficult, and Apple has made this as painless as possible.

      The encrypted backups are also interesting, though that doesn’t directly affect filmmakers.

      • Andy Kaczé on 07.25.12 @ 8:56PM

        This is exactly why I bought Mountain Lion and Apple TV 1080p today. I have a THX certified Plasma Screen which is professionally calibrated, so it works now as my Kind of Reference Monitor. I do Editing and Color Grading (99% Web Delivery). Full Screen on FCPX >> watch my Edit/ Grade immediately on my 50″ TV. I´m in heaven … :)

        • Clayton Arnall on 07.25.12 @ 10:13PM

          There’s no way it’s streaming at full bit rate though, so using it as a reference monitor might not be the best idea.

  • With Apple slowly monopolizing their applications this could be a bad thing for film makers that have much of their investments in apple products. There is no saying that will be the case, but it could happen. With their love for simplicity and lack of user control or “automation” Apple products may end up being a bad choice for film makers or even content creators in the near future, but that is only if Apple decides to take that route. They obviously are more concerned with integration with the iphone and ipad over any other agenda. Content creators seem to be on the back burner and that is only resonates more with the idea of the Mac Pro being on the back burner as well. Apple wants to create great products for a general audience, not a specific one. We can’t blame them for trying to please everyone rather than the content creators that have been using their products since the beginning. We can all complain about how they should accomodate us as video or content creators, but they are going to do what is best for the company.

    Apple is a company built upon rumors and a cult following, so who knows what the future holds.

    Loved the topic you chose for this post Joe! I didn’t really see the release of Mountain Lion in this light before. Thanks!

    • Shorty Robinson on 07.25.12 @ 12:40PM

      Yet another parrot of the contrived, unsubstantiated conjecture and drivel that is currently so painfully popular. Sorry kids, but the popularity of a claim has ZERO bearing on its actual validity. And as it is with lies, repeating complete nonsense with no basis doesn’t in fact make it any more true either. The only thing you demonstrate with such blather is your complete LACK of understanding of how Apple works, nothing else.

  • My retina pro should be in next week, and I use CS6. I am not sure if we will update at work or not right away, but I will let you know if I have any issues with it.

  • Shorty Robinson on 07.25.12 @ 12:33PM

    Wow. What bizarrely confusing click-bait. There was NOTHING of substance in this. The least for any filmmakers. WTF? Nothing but opinionated conjecture from someone who quite obviously has little clue what he’s talking about (see the nonsense on the app store becoming CLOSED… Huh??). Thrown together for the mere sake of jumping on new events, blindly. Mindlessly. Contriving (then not even achieving) some connection from OFF field, not even LEFT.

    Very disappointing for a site I otherwise look to for interesting infos, but this…?? FULL FAIL.

    • I think filmmakers will find the native mirroring with Apply TV useful, but the real issue is how Apple is dealing with software.

      If you create software for the iPhone or iPad, how do people buy it and use it? They are forced to use the App store, unless they jailbreak. By a closed system, I am referring to the fact that outside developers can’t do anything without Apple’s approval, and if they reject your app from getting into the store, there isn’t anything you can do about it, and they barely give a reason.

      Whether this will happen or not with OS X is obviously conjecture, but this isn’t from off or left field – by default they don’t let you install any and all applications you want (you have to change the setting). It’s clear with some of the updates that they would like OS X to be a lot more like iOS, and it would obviously benefit their bottom line to force consumers to make all purchases through their store.

      • Shorty Robinson on 07.25.12 @ 1:54PM

        Sorry, but that last line just blew any and all credibility you had or may have had on the subject. To actually go with the utterly ABSURD idea that Apple could be doing what they are for FINANCIAL reasons… LOL. You merely confirm my initial suspicion: you literally have no idea what you’re talking about (or how Apple actually works and thinks to begin with).

        And making purchases, as you even point out yourself, OPTIONAL is a far cry (as in lightyears) away from “forcing”. :facepalm: There is currently ZERO sign of Apple closing off software that you purchase elsewhere… except in your head of course. None. NADA. Oh, and why IS everyone selling their software (partly) EXCLUSIVELY via the App Store even though, as I said, they don’t HAVE to? Never gave that one so much as a second worth of thought, huh? Why? Because it wasn’t in that forum you hang out in (or wherever you get this stuff)?

        You might want to get out more and see what’s going on with e.g. Android with their delusion of “freeee and opeeeeen!” and then what MS faces with Windows. If you actually grasp what’s going on and then still want to come back and conjure up nonsensical conspiracy theories, then DON’T. Because then you obviously still haven’t understood the mere basics and are a waste of my time.

        Try not simply parroting bs you pick up on random forums and blogs but rather get *informed* first and make some claims that are at least vaguely based in reality and actual knowledge. You’d hold up a LOT better under scrutiny, for one…

        • Peter Kelly on 07.25.12 @ 2:42PM

          jeez what a douche

        • My conclusions are my own, and not from any blog or forum as you say, but I’m also not suggesting the grass is greener. Apple products are almost synonymous with the creative community (though that’s certainly starting to change), so these decisions affect us directly or indirectly.

          Developers sell their Apps through the store because it decreases their overhead, and increases visibility. It’s also a way for consumers to trust that the software Apple allows in the store is safe and should work. Of course I understand that reasoning, but you’re also ignoring that Apple gets a nice piece of every single sale through their store – 30% to be exact. Would it not make financial sense for them to consider making the App store mandatory as they have with the iPhone?

          On the one hand, sandboxing the entire environment is good for safety, but on the other, it gives Apple complete control whether they want you on their platform or not. Apple almost single-handedly killed Flash since they didn’t allow support for it on the iPhone and iPad, and refused to allow most applications that gave Flash support. Many will say this is in the name of user experience, but it’s no secret that Steve Jobs and Adobe had a very strained relationship.

          It hasn’t happened yet, and it’s obviously not clear whether it will happen, but completely sandboxing the OS X environment and only allowing new applications to be installed if they’ve been purchased through the App Store is not a far-fetched idea.

          Apple’s motivations are mostly profit-based, and to think that any publicly traded company doesn’t want what’s best for their bottom dollar just isn’t paying attention. It’s the reason Apple keeps their manufacturing overseas where workers live in questionable conditions and make far less money than they’d make here. Apple has $117 billion in cash sitting in the bank – much of it is held overseas, and if it’s brought back into the US, they’ll have to pay taxes on it.

          Let’s not kid ourselves, this is a big company that makes good products, but if those products or decisions they make weren’t profitable, they would dump them in an instant.

          • Pretty sure he’s trolling man.

            And the way Apple is going, it’s NOT too far-fetched to speculate on Apple sandboxing OSX. The inaccessible hardware on the new Macbook Pros is a good example of that direction.

            I’m about done with Apple, I’m just terrified of switching to Windows.

        • Shorty, this site (Joe in particular) is posting 4-5 new articles a DAY. Despite the high volume of free info coming through here, the majority of it is original and helpful. You even admitted as much in your first comment.

          If you happen to not like one of the posts, shut your fucking mouth and move on. Don’t fling shit at the dude working his ass off to organize and consolidate these stories for us. Jesus.

        • The fact that you’re acting like this in film blog…

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          • Nicely done.

            I understand the idea of this. It would be good if you have an ipad or something. Am wondering will it enhance the editing experience with FCPX or other such things for filmmakers.

        • john jeffreys on 07.25.12 @ 4:26PM

          I like this guy

        • OMG!!!!! you do not have to be such a douche to state your opinion. After all your rant, all you expressed was very generic knowledge of the situation with MS, android etc. Please do not waste your time trying to explain anything to anyone. Your very existence is enough of a waste of time for others.

        • Dang Shorty, I don’t even get that condescending when debating politics and religion (a huge hotspot for me). It is just a company man. I used to be a fanboy all day long, but I don’t let anger color my posts. Joe does a great job writing and working to help us in our film adventures. I mean really, this site is here to HELP YOU – when an article doesn’t pertain, read the one that does!

          I’m glad this post is here because I have a Hackintosh and want to see what people’s response is with Mountain Lion before I upgrade.

          I can assure you that Lion presented problems with networking solutions (I work with IT at a major college and everyone on Lion got their keychain locked up because of an issue communicating with Linux server authentication over here). Lion also presented problems with certain external drives that were once recognizable in SL and then, boom, not.

          I’m in SL and want to see benchmarks and such with the new OS. The largest thing pertaining to us are the updated NVIDIA drivers and support for the 600 series of GPU’s – which will affect Resolve, grading and rendering times.

          This is of utmost value.

          • 600 series has been working for the last two weeks or so. do a quick google, so far GTX670 and GTX680 are confirmed to be working. I believe both are working OOTB

            benches show the 500 series is better for the work filmmakers do, beating the 600 series in almost every test.

            though the 600 series kicks serious butt in gaming.

          • I know they have been working, just wondering if Apple would make the drivers more efficient because, like you said, the 500 series beats the 600 in computational CUDA processes. Some think it is the drivers. I think that NVIDIA made the card more for gaming…

        • Johnny Steel on 07.27.12 @ 12:27AM

          Since you know it all Make your own damn blog

        • Well done Shorty, you made a right fool of yourself lambasting others LOL!

      • Apple “driving developers into the App Store” is not for their financial gain as you suggest – at least not directly. The App Store, just like iTunes Store, is run at as close to no profit for Apple as possible (their cut pays for the fee of providing the system with surprisingly liitle “profit” left over). Apple hopes that in providing a Closed System (which is actually of BENEFIT as much as it is a hindrance to most consumers), there is an ease of use and level of security which will act as an inducement (a perceived benefit) for consumers to purchase Apple’s hardware (which is where they make their money). It is nowhere near as nefarious a scenario as you seem to imagine.

        All of which is to say that is DOESN’T benefit “Apple’s bottom line” to “force developers to go through the App store” directly at all (well a couple hundred million dollars per year – which is nothing to Apple). Indirectly, they benefit by selling more hardware if AND ONLY IF consumers believe the App Store is a service which would induce them to buy Apple’s hardware – which seems pretty fair to me; provide a great service and get rewarded, don’t and watch the customers flee.

        • I actually didn’t suggest that was the reason they were doing it, simply that it does benefit them financially, as you did say yourself (it’s a few hundred million over the life of the iTunes store – I’ve also heard that number in different places, but then again Apple is very good at hiding where money is going and how much profit they’re actually making). It’s money they wouldn’t have made if they didn’t have the store. I understand that isn’t their reasoning for doing it, it’s simply about control. I was defending that a company like Apple makes plenty of decisions that are financial in nature, and it’s not hard to reason that they see the future financial potential as an ancillary benefit.

    • Black dynamite on 07.25.12 @ 1:21PM

      What is wrong with you?

  • My concern is what this means for us hackintosh users! I’m about to order my components, I want to make sure all the hardware works with the latest OS!

  • Sknygrydg07 on 07.25.12 @ 2:11PM

    That Shorty Robinson is only a troll. Pay it no mind.

    Because those of us who have been with Apple since the 80′s know the goal of the ‘walled garden’ is not a rumor, but a very real part of the corporate plane. It’s the idea of to what extreme of exclusivity with Apple go in the future, and how that will affect content creators (not necessarily the app creators), that’s the point of conjecture here.

    And I’m sorry, but anyone who thinks that a American company created in a capitalistic economy is not financially motivated is just a delusional child. If not for the money, why do they make and SELL their products? To make you ‘happy’?

  • I doubt very much that Apple will close off their mac ecosystem, but, even if they do, there are always ways around such restrictions (jailbreaking, hackintoshes).

    If this is just the tip of the iceberg though, it’s a tough one to judge where to go next. Windows 8 looks like its even more geared towards the consumer market with the metro interface… I’d love to just run Linux, but the work I do currently won’t let me get away from adobe software. If adobe were to release on Linux, that would be something…

    Then again, maybe this is just the new way to go, with touch software and restricted operating systems… I’m sure editors that cut on film weren’t fans of NLEs to start with either. Have to change with the times or disappear into irrelevance I suppose…

    • Well I’ve been cross platform since the 80s, and I can assure you of one thing regarding Windows 8. All the old software will work, as it always has, I have 2 particularly convenient programs that I still use with Win7 that came out under Win95. Apple has thrown me under the bus so many times over the years. If you’re very wealthy, Apple is just fine because you can afford to buy new stuff twice a year, but for the majority people with more brains than money, Apple is just a bad way to go. Every year it pains me more and more to see good people trying to do video from the Apple platform, and afraid to try Windows. I’m curious, is the fear that Windows will be bad, or is the greater fear that you’ll find that Windows is now more elegant & intuitive, which it is btw, and has been for quite some time. I’m thinking back to the late 80′s and trying to remember a single statement that Apple has made that is actually truthful. I can’t think of a single example. Maybe I need to trash my preferences, or maybe I forgot to include the screen fonts. I’m sure I’m the one with the problem. After all, we all know that Flash killed Steve Jobs….

  • Looks like quicktime supports AVCHD now. Thats helpful. I suppose quicklook will get support as well?

    http://www.apple.com/osx/whats-new/features.html#quicktime

    • That’s pretty cool, I wonder if they’ve done anything about the weird gamma issues related to AVCHD/H.264 video.

      • FCP X is much better than previous versions were with gamma. Still, it’s a complex issue. Even today, I can compress to an MP4 using two different tools and the gamma is different between them in QuickTime Player X, though NOT in FCP X. Different assumptions about color are made by different apps. It’d be great to see some research on which programs behave in which ways so we can predict what’s going to happen — do you know of any?

        • Well I do know as far as video players are concerned, NextWaveDV looked at different ones and found VLC to be the more accurate one.

  • After seeing the rest of Shorty’s comments, I now want to watch Troll Hunter again. Maybe even whip out Troll 2. I loved the documentary about Troll 2 as well.

  • AnalogMachine on 07.25.12 @ 3:56PM

    I think we all overlooked something (very) annoying!!! :S
    http://informationarchitects.net/blog/mountain-lions-new-file-system/

    • wow, this could be a deal breaker… what is going to happen to local websites structured perfectly on the hard drive. It it changes the structure, then syncing to the server will change the structure online. Please help me understand? Tell me I am wrong!

    • It’s only iCloud documents, not your whole hard drive. Your multi-level folders are safe.

      • AnalogMachine on 07.26.12 @ 9:22AM

        I know!! But nevertheless it’s very annoying when someone (like me) wants to sync projects between a couple of macs!!!
        PS: …. and yes I know that there’s Dropbox, SugarSync, Box …and co.! But iCloud has the best System Integration among all of them!!

  • john jeffreys on 07.25.12 @ 4:28PM

    I upgraded to Lion and I hate it. 10.6.8 was fast, simple and smooth, the pinnacle of OS X. Lion just gave me a ton of new “features” that I don’t ever use, nor care about, and on top of that its a giant memory hog. Not upgrading to mountain lion until I have to.

    • This is my fear. I’m on 10.6.8 and Lion was just a waste of time to upgrade to, didn’t like the GUI changes, it used more memory, had issues with networks and hard drives – please Apple, stop catering to mobile users, cater to professional users. (you all need to just laugh at that statement right there because you know Apple is!)

    • Huh? Lion is great for me – no memory issues to speak of. In fact, when I use 10.6 (on a machine at work) I miss a lot of the multi-touch and folder level features.

    • Clayton arnall on 07.26.12 @ 10:33AM

      I kinda have to agree with you there. Lion introduced a few glitches to my machine, the only reason I upgraded was Resolve wouln’t install on snow leopard anymore which I found annoying.

    • My understanding is that you have to have LION or Mountain Lion to use with icloud. Since there is no more mobile me. Is this true?

  • I don’t think shorty understands how corporations work in general and the obligations they have to their shareholders.

    jk he totally does he’s just trollin trollin trollin

  • Wow, I’m still on Snow Leopard.

  • Yesterday at 8:30am, I filled out the update program form. Since I recently purchased a Retina-MBP. I still haven’t received my password to download my free copy of ML

  • Will FCP 7 continue to work with mountain lion?

  • Please, if you can, someone tell us about FCP 7, and the rest of it, Motion, Soundtrack, Compressor, and (I admit to still using) LiveType.

    and THANKS for the update, Joe.

    • I am happy to say FCP7 works fine – so far- there may be a quirk I haven’t found yet, but it is running beautifully on my Retina MBP under Mountain Lion.

      I installed it by migrating my applications from a Time Machine back up from a Leopard machine as the MBP has no DVD drive to instal from the original disks. This may be a sneaky work around, I don’t know, because Apple were adamant that FCP7 would NOT work under M/Lion. I am loathe to instal FCP/X on this machine in case it breaks FCP7, although FCP/X looks good in the demos, I don’t think it’s quite ready to migrate to yet.

  • “innovation” is typically good if it benefits us but here is a novel idea… Don’t upgrade if you don’t have to. Especially if everything works well. Everyone wants the latest and greatest so they can be tech or gear whores but I would argue that all that does is create more problems. I’m a developer as well so I knows what I’m talking about. Even if it’s just $20 bucks. To Apple it seems the only people still on their desktops are students, hippies that “make the switch”, and IOS developers.

  • In case you’re thinking about using the dictation feature in Mountain Lion, here’s a big caveat by way of an open letter to Apple:

    Dear Apple:

    My first reaction upon reading that Apple will be receiving “the things you dictate” and other information, essentially everything I say in dictation, was, “no possible way!” I read your privacy policy, and as one who knows something about legal matters of this sort, I must say that it is fraught with loopholes; essentially there’s no real privacy granted to me from you. This dictation feature, while appealing at first glance, amps up the lack of privacy to a frightening level. Frankly, what I write (or say) is my business, not yours, and the guise of “improving our products” is exactly that, a guise. This is the most flagrant breech of privacy I have ever encountered, and it’s from Apple, which once upon a time was a trustworthy provider of “personal” computing products. Shame on you! I never thought I’d say this (I’ve been an Apple user since the days of the Apple IIe), but Apple now tops the list among technology companies when it comes to the blatant disregard of individual rights, rights to privacy in particular!

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