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Ricardo TabosaNvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 4, 2012 at 4:48:49 pm

Hello,

I've the opportunitie to buy a Macbook Pro 15'' 2.53Ghz with Nvidia Geforce 9400m. My question is, will the Davinci Resolve run on this graphic board?
I've a 23 Apple Cinema Display as a second monitor.


I've done a search on the web read some threads but none is very assuring.

Thanks
Ricardo



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Juan SalvoRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 4, 2012 at 4:58:52 pm

Basically it will run, but I believe using opencl not CUDA. So performance won't be as good as on properly configured desktop.

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Ricardo TabosaRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 4, 2012 at 5:44:27 pm

Thanks for your reply Juan,

My knowledge on Resolve is, yet, really basic and i don't need high performance just a machine to pratice and do some tutorials.

You said that will run only with GL, but isn't CUDA essential to open Resolve?

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Juan SalvoRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 4, 2012 at 6:24:37 pm

Not essential anymore. Just for some functions like noise reduction, and accelerated debayering of some formats. Most of the color processing can happen in on other cards now. Download the lite version and try it to be sure, it's free.

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Ricardo TabosaRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 4, 2012 at 7:13:35 pm

Ok, so the new macbook pro with Raedeon cards will also run the free Resolve version, but with the limitations you mention above.

Dam, if i knew that before i hadn't spend the past weeks searching for a mac with a Nvidia card :)

Thanks Juan



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Joseph OwensRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 5, 2012 at 1:30:16 am

[Ricardo Tabosa] "if i knew that before i hadn't spend the past weeks searching for a mac with a Nvidia card :)"

Does it have to be a Mac or do you need the OS for other applications?

jPo

You mean "Old Ben"? Ben Kenobi?


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Ricardo TabosaRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 5, 2012 at 2:17:27 am

Hi Joseph,

I'm a Final cut/Avid editor, all my important applications are Apple only.

I'm upgrading my home laptop to start learning DaVinci Resolve but to do some edit work also.

Still very confused about the investment i'm going to do, because i always read that Resolve wont´t run on Raedeon board's, so the new Macbook are out of equation.
Now i found on a Portuguese e-bay a mid 2009 Macbook Pro 15'' 2.53Ghz with a Nvidia 9400m that could be a good entry level to Resolve.
But as Juan mencioned if the new Resolve runs on every mac that have openCl (with some limitations) i prefer buying the new Pro 15''.

My major confusion is that i just finished reading an article saying that Resolve definitely won´t run on the new Pro, and still no confirmation about the Geforce 9400m compatibilty, and i don't no what to do about my investment.

Buying new is always better (i7 core, thunderbolt, HD matte display) but i could wait for all that to get my hands on Resolve.

Thanks.



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Juan SalvoRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 5, 2012 at 2:45:20 am

What article is that? It's probably out of date. Resolve he's been running on opencl hardware for a year now.

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/press/pressdetails/?releaseID=11852

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Ricardo TabosaRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 6, 2012 at 10:41:09 pm

[Juan Salvo] "It's probably out of date."

You are rigth Juan, the articles were from March 2011 or previous.
I already made my decision and ordered a new macbook pro 15.

Thanks for your support.

Ricardo


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Juan SalvoRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 9, 2012 at 1:26:43 am

Ricardo,

I hope you haven't bought the 15inch macbook pro. Resolve does require a 1920x1080 screen resolution. I forgot to mention that. Heads up!

-Juan

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Ricardo TabosaRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 9, 2012 at 3:17:13 am

[Juan Salvo] "I hope you haven't bought the 15inch macbook pro. Resolve does require a 1920x1080 screen resolution. I forgot to mention that. Heads up!"

Well...i did.

I've a 21' Apple Display as second monitor, and in the apple MBP page:

"Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display..."

I sincerely hope it works on a second display. Do you have any experience with 15' MBP?

I also read that are a script that scales the Resolve to 80%, showing the entire layout, despite it doesn't work with Lion i will run with a previous OS.

I really hope its runs ok.

Juan, thanks again for the help.


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Juan SalvoRe: Nvidia Geforce 9400m on macbook pro
by on May 9, 2012 at 3:29:59 am

[Ricardo Tabosa] "I sincerely hope it works on a second display"
You'll have to make it your primary display. But I think this should work.

[Ricardo Tabosa] "Do you have any experience with 15' MBP?"
I have one. But I don't run resolve on it, just a 17". That's why it didn't occur to me before.

[Ricardo Tabosa] "it doesn't work with Lion i will run with a previous OS."
You won't be able to install the previous os on the new MBPs.

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