Isadora 3 will run on almost any contemporary Mac or Windows computer, however, your system requirements may vary based on the scope of your project.

Supported Operating Systems

Isadora 3 is supported on macOS 10.14.x (Mojave) through macOS 11.x (Big Sur) with a 64-bit Intel, AMD, or Apple silicon (ARM/M1) processor, and on Windows 10 with a 64-bit Intel or AMD processor

  • Running Isadora natively on an Apple silicon (ARM/M1) computer requires Isadora 3.1 or later.
  • macOS 11.x Big Sur requires Isadora 3.0.8 or later. On Apple silicon (ARM/M1) computers, Isadora 3.0.8 will run in emulation mode.
  • macOS 10.15.x Catalina requires Isadora 3.0.6 or later.

Minimum System Requirements

These baseline specifications will provide reliable performance with video playback, video effects, live video capture, and output to one or two displays.

For HD video playback:

  • Dual-core 2.0 GHz i5 Intel processor or equivalent
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Intel, AMD, or Apple silicon (ARM/M1) 64-bit processor

Recommended Specifications for eight or more channels of HD video playback, 4K video playback, or outputting to multiple displays:

  • Quad-core i7 Intel processor or equivalent (or greater)
  • 16 GB RAM or greater
  • Dedicated AMD or NVidia graphics card
  • Solid-state storage drive with a 1500 mbps transfer rate or higher
  • Intel, AMD, or Apple silicon (ARM/M1) 64-bit processor

We recommend you carefully research computer equipment to find the best option for your project needs and budget. If you’re looking for help finding the right computer, feel free to post on the TroikaTronix community forum to ask for suggestions. Many Isadora designers and artists have found success using a wide range of computer hardware and are eager to share their knowledge.

Isadora 3.1 and macOS Apple silicon (ARM/M1)

Isadora 3.1 is the first version of Isadora to run natively on Apple silicon (ARM/M1) based computers. While we have tested Isadora's core functionality on Apple silicon machines, running under a completely new processor is a big change. We encourage you to allow extra time to evaluate Isadora's performance if you are working on an Apple silicon machine in mission-critical situations. If you encounter any difficulties, please contact our tech support team.

Unsupported Hardware Platforms

Isadora is not supported on tablet devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro, Linux machines, systems which run macOS on non-Apple hardware, and Windows computers with ARM processors.

Isadora is not designed for use with external graphics cards (eGPUs) or machines that have multiple discrete GPUs. 

Running Isadora on machines utilizing unsupported hardware configurations may have unexpected and undesirable results in terms of performance and usability.