The ShedWorx Test Bench

At ShedWorx we like to be open about what we are doing and how we do it. While this might give our competitors a bit of a boost, we think that it helps our users to see what we use when we test and investigate things.

Testbed One (HD home theatre with the lot):

  • Sony Bravia X-series 46" HDTV
  • Apple TV
  • Sony 250Gb Hard Disk recorder/DVD player
  • Sony PlayStation3
  • Sony 5.1 channel amplifier and surround sound system
  • Intel iMac 20", OSX 10.5, 750Gb HDD
  • EyeDV Diversity
  • Apple Timecapsule with N-series wireless

The Apple TV, Sony HDD recorder and PS3 plug direct into the TV via HDMI.

The amplifier only has one optical audio in, so we alternate that between whatever device we are testing.

The Apple TV is paired with the iMac which holds the iTunes library (including video) and iPhoto.

Testbed Two (Development HD setup):

  • 24" iMac (09 model)
  • Panasonic 50" 3D HDTV
  • Panasonic 3D Blu-ray player
  • PlayStation3
  • Elgato Turbo.H264 HD


  • Sony HDR-SR1 (PAL)
  • Sony HDR-SR1 (NTSC)
  • Sony HDR-UX7 (PAL)
  • Canon HG10 (PAL)
  • Panasonic SD5 (PAL)
  • Canon HF11 (PAL)
  • Panasonic DMC-FT1 (PAL) AVCHD Lite
  • Panasonic DMC-GH1 (PAL) Micro Four Thirds DSLR and awesome AVCHD video
  • Panasonic DMC-GF1 (PAL) Micro Four thirds DSLR with AVHCD Lite video
  • Panasonic HDC-SDT750 (PAL) 3D AVCHD and 1080/50p

System Test Hardware:

  • Intel iMac OSX 10.5
  • PowerPC Mac Mini running OSX 10.4 and 10.5
  • Intel Mac Mini running OSX 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista 32bit and 64bit (dual boot)
  • Windows 7
  • Western Digital MyBooks
  • Western Digital Passbooks, various sizes
  • SCSI 1Tb RAID 1 drives
  • and all the computers of the extended ShedWorx development team

System Test Software:
  • iMovieHD,
  • iMovie08,
  • iMovie09,
  • Final Cut Express 4
  • Final Cut Studio 3
  • Microsoft Movie Maker (XP and Vista)