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In Topic: Buying a new system

27 October 2014 - 12:51 PM

Seems like in the everyday world of C4D and certainly AE, large GPU leverage isn't going to take off anytime soon. 


So what do we know IS going more GPU? By which I mostly mean OpenCL


3rd party C4D render engines like Octane and VRAY



VC Element

Red Giant Universe


Anything else obvious?

In Topic: Buying a new system

22 October 2014 - 04:13 PM

Seems like the Retina iMac can scale to 2560x1440 kind of like the Macbook Pro's.  And it beats the 4 core nMP in some tests, including Cinebench.


I bought the first Retina Macbook Pro in 2012 and had some issues with image retention on the screen.  Apple fixed it in the end but I am slightly wary of such a high-res new panel.  I am considering it now though.  I liked the idea of being able to chuck the new Mac Pro in my bag but maybe I could manage with this thing and a custom Peli case. Need to go check them all out in the store really.



In Topic: Mox: Open Source / Patent free file format

21 October 2014 - 02:22 PM

I believe it's using existing open-source codecs such as Dirac, PNG and FLAC inside the new wrapper.  AFAIK the new super-duper codecs such as H265 are the future in terms of compression levels, but these existing ones are good enough for a format designed as an interchange between video professionals; not for streaming or other final distribution. Whether Dirac is as good as ProRes or DNx in terms of file size/image fidelity I don't know but presumably it's near enough.

In Topic: Buying a new system

20 October 2014 - 07:20 PM

A top spec iMac retina against a 6 core medium spec new Mac Pro saves me at least £1000, is equally fast for many things, and has a free 5K screen thrown in!

It is very tempting. Can the screen be set to pixel double (still a pretty good 2.6K resolution) to free up GPU cycles for viewport previews in C4D?


Can Todd reveal when, if ever, a mid spec dual GPU Mac Pro will actually be noticeably faster than a top end iMac for use with AE or PrPro? 

Based on his answer the other day (see here) I'd say not any time soon with AE.  If that Retina can run at half-res and then offer Viewport performance on a par with the D300's then I'm interested.

In Topic: OS X Yosemite

20 October 2014 - 07:15 PM

Anyone know if the Wacom cursor lag (under CPU load) issue is resolved?