How to run Eyeon Fusion in Mac OSX

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How to run Eyeon Fusion in Mac OSX

In this tutorial, we take a look at my personal workflow on how to run Fusion on OSX. I use a wide variety of tools including Bootcamp, Parallels, NTFS-3G, and MacDrive to make this possible. If you have any comments or questions on this workflow, just let me know.


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Bootcamp: This allows you to boot your Mac as a windows PC. It’s essentially the same as buying a PC with windows when you’re in boot camp. You have access to the full hardware, and your software can run to its full potential

Parallels: My tool of choice for running Fusion along side OSX. Parallels allows you to use your boot camp partition in a virtualized environment. This is extremely handy so you can boot into Bootcamp when you need full power to your PC apps, or use the same partition and run windows apps along side Mac OSX apps.

VMware Fusion: Another virtualization software similar to Parallels. I haven’t used this one, so I can’t tell you if it’s better for running Fusion or not. If anyone has any experience with it, let me know in the comments!

NTFS-3G: An system pref for OSX that allows OSX to read/write to NTFS partitions.

Mac Drive: A piece of Windows software that allows you to read/write to HFS and HFS+ formatted drives. Mac OSX drives are formatted with HFS+

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8 Responses to “How to run Eyeon Fusion in Mac OSX”

  1. Joanne Says:

    I love this guy!!!

    Thanks, Kert!

  2. Rob Says:

    I’ve been using VMWare Fusion for years now, and I’ve had approximately the same amount of success. I have a 3 year old white macbook, and the interactivity of Windows is sometimes questionable. One nice thing about VMWare Fusion is that it installs ‘macfuse’ which is pretty much the same as NTFS-3G… but it magically does it for you.
    VMWare can do the same virtual/physical machine thing as parallels… which is always awesome. VMWare just released some highly praised graphics processing stuff with VMWare fusion 3, but I’ve been to cheap to upgrade.
    Is there actually a setting in Parallels to assign processors/cores? Or, are you just setting ‘affinity’ where MacOS will give preference to a task to a certain core. In VMWare you can create virtual cores, but they are purely for testing, and have nothing to do with your actual machine and how it runs.

  3. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Hey Rob! Thanks for the info :)

    There is actually a setting in Parallels to assign processors/cores. There’s a drop down, and you can select the number of cores you want to assign based on the number available in your machine.

  4. Jason C Says:

    So useful! :) Now I can finally switch over to a Mac! ;)

  5. Gary Says:

    Any problems with the dongle and virtualisation?

  6. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    I was using a license server, so I’m not sure about the USB dongle.

  7. Endaman Says:

    Hi Kert,

    Have you ever tried using 3ds max with this workflow? Would love to know how well it works.

    Thanks for the tutorials.

  8. matt Says:

    I heard Parallels can leverage more ram from your graphics card – 1Gb (as opposed to VM Fusions’s 256Mb) – not sure if that’s a) still true or b) useful ?

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