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tom black
Choosing a Rendering Workstation
on Mar 4, 2017 at 11:57:08 am

Hi

We want to choose between a Workstation and a Server for the purpose of rendering quickly with Premiere Pro.

The Workstation is HP Z600
Xeon E5606 (8 Physical CPU)
12 Gig RAM
nVidia Quadro FX 4800
(this workstation has the option of adding 2 graphics card)

The Server is HP Prolient dl380 G7
Xeon X5690 (12 Physical CPU)
32 Gig RAM

The Xeon X5690 cpu is more powerful than Xeon E5606
If we decide to go with the Server, we will dedicate the server completely to the rendering job.
what is the best option?


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Alex Udell
Re: Choosing a Rendering Workstation
on Mar 4, 2017 at 3:59:23 pm

If you are considering dedicating a server for final rendering....


this means likely you'd be rendering through Adobe Media Encoder, yes?

remember that AME essentially opens a headless (no interface) version of PPro in the background to
submit the jobs to render. So the things that benefit PPro will benefit the server as well

1) Does the server have the option of adding a GPU to the cofiguration?
GPU is a big part of Mercury and can speed up rendering significantly.

2) Can the server have access to your editing system's render previews via some sort of network configuration?
if so, enabling the reuse of any previews (assume they are full quality) can potentially speed things up considerably too.

3) RAM. Cheap part of a server config. Add it.

4) Remember to keep fonts and plug-ins in sync with your editing configuration to avoid potential problems with output not matching what you saw in edit.


hth

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tom black
Re: Choosing a Rendering Workstation
on Mar 5, 2017 at 9:49:33 am

Thank you very much
specially for this
2) Can the server have access to your editing system's render previews via some sort of network configuration?
if so, enabling the reuse of any previews (assume they are full quality) can potentially speed things up considerably too.


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