Nucleo is worth it for what it does. AE obviously purchased some technology from them. I was an early adopter to Nucleo products. They still offer options that AE does not. Problem is, that its no longer a $500 product because AE FINALLY does the basics of what nucleo basic did. I have no inside knowledge. Just 18 yrs of AE 1.0 till now experience. I purchased a dedicated accelerator (ice board) that was REALLY expensive, so Ive tried to squeeze EVERY bit of performance out of AE on a mac that I always could.
This is more of ME chatting about my experiences than maybe helping your specific issue. I think we are in for some serious speed upgrades in the next 12 months. The ability for 3d programs and AE potentially to access the computing power of our video cards is FULL of potential as far as speeding up renderings is concerned...
I love speed and this topic...
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I think that what you're getting at is the CUDA technology developed by Nvidia, or GPU computing. It allows the graphics card to become part of the CPU process, essentially giving 100s of core processors to the mix. I purchased my medium-high-end card just because it is the first generation of CUDA-enabled cards, and the promise it shows is astonishing!:
Looking at the Tesla personal supercomputer technology gets even more exciting - the pre-configured boxes are expensive, but you can buy a Tesla and build your own without too much rocket science involved. There are actually directions on the Nvidia site on how to do it.
Right now it's targeted at scientific research, but you can bet money on the fact that with Adobe and Nvidia's tight connection, it will hit the desktop in the near future, and that will most likely mean realtime for anything you're working on. Scott, you're right...it's something to get excited about!
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