Running Media Pro virtually on macOS Catalina or later?

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  • Paul Steunebrink
    I have not used Media Pro in this scenario, but virtualization, as you described, is a very common scenario for running older apps on newer machines.

    I run Capture One back to version 5 on an OS X 10.7 Lion machine, virtualized on a macOS Mojave 10.14 machine. And Windows 8.1 with Capture One back to version 7 on the same macOS, virtualized.

    Upgrading to macOS Catalina does not affect those virtual machines, so no headaches there.

    I use VMware Fusion and keep that up to date with the host macOS (important!) but you could use Parallels all the same.
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  • syncrasy
    Yes, in theory there should be no problems. I currently use VMware Fusion to run a Windows 7 virtual machine on my Mac (native High Sierra). I also have virtual Win 10 and Mac OS Lion 10.7 virtual machines on this Mac. There are no inherent hardware/software incompatibilities since the Mac and the OS are capable of running 32-bit or 64-bit apps.

    Because macOS Catalina runs only 64-bit apps, the situation is a bit different, which is why I was hoping to hear from folks who actually have tried this technique on Catalina. But, judging from your comments and the PCMag article, it appears that virtualization is virtualization no matter the host, and the 64 vs 32-bit issue is rendered moot. Is that correct?

    How does a virtualized MP (on High Sierra virtual machine) handle files? Does it play nicely with image files on a different, external drive? Does it place nicely with image files on the host (Catalina) system drive?

    There are several drawbacks to virtualized Media Pro: (1) the purchase cost of a new version of VMware Fusion, (2) the ordeal of reinstalling essential apps (e.g., not just Media Pro, but also Adobe CS6 suite + Java component) in the virtualized OS (since I believe I would have to install High Sierra from scratch), (3) the inconvenience of switching between two OSs (one for photos, the other for everyday work), and (4) slower performance.

    But if there are no viable options to Media Pro, this might be a necessary cost.
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  • Paul Steunebrink
    [quote="syncrasy" wrote:
    Because macOS Catalina runs only 64-bit apps, the situation is a bit different, which is why I was hoping to hear from folks who actually have tried this technique on Catalina. But, judging from your comments and the PCMag article, it appears that virtualization is virtualization no matter the host, and the 64 vs 32-bit issue is rendered moot. Is that correct?

    Yes, that is correct.
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  • evgeny buzov
    Im tried to use Fusion VM with MP on Mojave Host and Captain Guest OSX with attached promise NAS - it works but
    disk write and read speed are slow, and quite often I have error "Media Pro has detected error in the catalog ..."
    so unless I found the way to solve this issues its not worth to play.
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