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ianfreeze

Member Since 12 Mar 2008
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In Topic: Goodbye Mac Pro, Hello Octane PC

Yesterday, 07:29 PM

yeah, it also takes up 3 slots, not 2.


In Topic: Goodbye Mac Pro, Hello Octane PC

Yesterday, 05:38 PM

(for context, I'm on a 2009 Mac Pro 2.93 8 core and 32 gigs of RAM)

 

I'm running a GTX 780 and I am pretty pleased with it. I don't do any of the crazy shit you guys are on about with Octane but Resolve, Media Encoder, and Premiere all run great, and I did notice a big difference in Ae on the ONE project that I have ever used the ray traced renderer on.

 

Also, speaking to the SSD thing. I picked up a couple of pieces of kit that might be of interest.

 

1: http://www.caldigit.com/Fasta-6GU3pro/

Doesn't require extra power like other USB3 cards, and has 2 internal SATA3 ports so you can hook up your SSD in the optical bay and route the cables and voila. Im getting something like 450/MB/s read/write on a Samsung 840 Pro. Its not maxing out the drive, but its 2x as fast and SATAII. My windows install lives on this drive.

 

2:http://eshop.macsale..._Accelsior/RAID

My OS X install lives here, and this thing is rad. over 600 MB/s read/write. A little pricey, but man, does it make everything feel faster. 


In Topic: OS X Yosemite

Yesterday, 02:55 PM

 

Serious answer: I'm actually sure. Security I guess. I don't know a ton about codecs, just that animation is lossless, and therefore safe.

 

I hear you there, Ill say this. Ive been using 4444 for years and had 0 issues with quality. I thought that if it was good enough for the Arri Alexa as a capture format, it was good enough for my renders. It also played back just fine on every drive I tried. Ill add in this bit from the ProRes whitepaper.

 

 

The Apple ProRes 4444 codec offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and for workflows involving alpha channels. It includes the following features:

  • Full-resolution, mastering-quality 4:4:4:4 RGBA color (an online-quality codec for editing and finishing 4:4:4 material, such as that originating from Sony HDCAM SR or digital cinema cameras such as RED ONE, Thomson Viper FilmStream, and Panavision Genesis cameras). The R, G, and B channels are lightly compressed, with an emphasis on being perceptually indistinguishable from the original material.

  • Lossless alpha channel with real-time playback

  • High-quality solution for storing and exchanging motion graphics and composites

  • For 4:4:4 sources, a data rate that is roughly 50 percent higher than the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 

  • Direct encoding of, and decoding to, RGB pixel formats 

  • Support for any resolution, including SD, HD, 2K, 4K, and other resolutions

  • A Gamma Correction setting in the codec’s advanced compression settings pane, which allows you to disable the 1.8 to 2.2 gamma adjustment that can occur if RGB material at 2.2 gamma is misinterpreted as 1.8. This setting is also available with the Apple ProRes 422 codec.

 

Unless you do a lot of work handing files off to people on windows, I think you'd be pleasantly surprised by switching over. At least until this becomes the new hotness....


In Topic: Goodbye Mac Pro, Hello Octane PC

Yesterday, 03:06 AM

I'll have the Node 304 case, 1x4GB DDR3 RAM, Intel Celeron G1630 2.8Ghz CPU, and 3 or 4 1TB drives.

FIgured I could pickup a decent motherboard, a 120GB SSD, and then a GPU and I'd be good.

 

Thoughts?

 

I assume you're planning on using the SSD as your boot drive? I'd get a bigger drive. I did the same thing with windows 8.1 and it took something obscene like 50 or 60 gigs. I read all around about it saving backup data to the drive and to disable it, but I could never find out where those files were saved and no matter how many tuts I followed, I still felt like I was lacking space. Disclaimer: I hadn't used windows for 10 years up until earlier this year, so someone with some more know how feel free to jump in.


In Topic: OS X Yosemite

21 October 2014 - 06:10 PM

I ran the beta on my laptop for a while, didn't have any problems with Ps or Ai. Don't really use Ae on my 2009 MBP, thats an exercise in futility.

 

From a UI standpoint, didn't love or hate the new stuff, except Safari. I really don't like the new Safari. Putting the bookmarks bar in the side console is a real pisser.