Has the technology of the latest versions of DaVinci evolved so much that it no longer is any point of using the Red Rocket card?
Its takin up space in my PC, and I still work with RED material every week.
Have never used a RedRocket card, ever since Apple COLOR started deBayering natively, and now routinely work with UHD RDC files at Quarter ResGood in Resolve with nVidia GPus -- primary system is GTX480s in a CUBIX and the other system is a single Quadro4000 for UI, supported with an internal Titan with an external power supply. The only time it gets a bit clunky is when I have a lot of tracking, stabilization and NR (or Mist) applied. I don't have a 4K display anyway, so not really a deal-breaker to work with the higher source resolutions, but overall, even regular HD RDCs don't feel much different than ProResHQ.
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I'm running 9 of the new Mac Can's. The 12-core dual D700 systems with 64GB RAM on a fast Stornext SAN seem to be able to decode 4K Red footage @ full/premium 10-bit realtime 23.976. I was quite surprised to see this. No Red Rocket.
BMD has done some amazing code with the Resolve 11.
Im hearing great things with fast export with R3Ds.
When I have time Ill test a few nMPs at work.
At home I have an old Mac Pro with ROCKET and R11 flies at DPX export nicely :)
It depends. Resolve, Premiere, etc. can all debayer on the GPU now with decent results. However you will still see a performance increase with the Rocket installed. If you can spare the PCI lanes, I suggest keeping it in your system.
Even on a NewMacPro with dual D700 GPUs I still use the Rocket (or Rocket-X for Dragon jobs) using a Magma PCI expander. Thunderbolt expanders are not as fast as PCI lanes (x4 speeds for Thunderbolt, x8 speeds for Thunderbolt 2) but there is still a substantial boost in transcoding performance. Generally we'll get a +40% fps render speed.
If real-time playback is your thing, you'll be fine without. However since we are in the business of transcoding we find the Rocket is essential for RED jobs.
I tested the RedRocket-X with my full custom iMac 27 and found I could transcode the files faster then I could copy them to my RAID with RedCine-X Pro. There is defiantly a huge difference withy the card and when you have more then one output like offlines for edit and iPad dailies it is a great help.