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Joseph W. Bourke
Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 13, 2013 at 4:36:01 pm

I happened to stumble across Walter Biscardi's post on the Premiere Pro forum, and it struck me that the NVIDIA Visual Computing Appliance might change the face of editing and motion graphics for Mac users who are (endlessly) waiting for the Mac Pro:

http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/3/938880

This could be ground-breaking for all of us, in that it appears that you can take many underpowered computers, stick this baby on them, and have a graphics workstation:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/visual-computing-appliance.html

This went completely under my radar...

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
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Bernard Newnham
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 13, 2013 at 4:52:19 pm

You might want to read this too -
http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/20/nvidias-grid-vca-now-available/

Bernie


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David Cherniack
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 13, 2013 at 4:53:38 pm

It ain't gonna be cheap. But I love the idea of applying up to 16 GPUs (scalable) to renders in Premiere Pro. A ton of real time effects to 4K clips.

David
http://AllinOneFilms.com


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Herb Sevush
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 13, 2013 at 7:39:23 pm

[Joseph W. Bourke] " it struck me that the NVIDIA Visual Computing Appliance might change the face of editing and motion graphics for Mac users who are (endlessly) waiting for the Mac Pro:"

At $25K it might make sense for a facility but not for individual users.

Herb Sevush
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Chris Harlan
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 13, 2013 at 7:59:20 pm

[Herb Sevush] "At $25K it might make sense for a facility but not for individual users."

And of course, that's the base model. Plus a three grand a year software license fee. So, in theory, it could take away the need for ten Mac Pros, but not five, and certainly not one or two.


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 13, 2013 at 10:14:26 pm

You're right - I hadn't seen the price on it. Perfect for a multi-editor facility.

Joe Bourke
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Chris Harlan
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 13, 2013 at 10:26:27 pm

[Joseph W. Bourke] "You're right - I hadn't seen the price on it. Perfect for a multi-editor facility.
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I don't know if its perfect, but it might be eventually, though when you begin to factor in the cost of the "low cost" machines, as well, I think the usefulness might be for particularly specialized situations, and not your every-day "multi-editor" facility.


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Aindreas Gallagher
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 13, 2013 at 11:12:33 pm

not half - this paired with adobe anywhere? Did anyone see the testimonial vid on anywhere? CNN, Hogarth, english universities, hallmark are going premiere too apparently - and then this kind of stuff backing up anywhere in a small to mid scale facility?
sounds half close to component parts platform.

I was talking to a commercials director and a really good cameraman today - not wildly software dudes, and I know this is fishwives tales in a sense - but all they said (pretty much unprompted) was that everyone they knew was talking, or going, premiere.
What I mean is - them not being wildly well versed in what is half going on in software terms, they felt that that was the smart thing to say?

They're both occasional personal FCP self cutters, have totally ignored and half not heard any of the stuff we've been ranting about for the last two years - they just breezily say that they think they are going premiere now.

when it gets to those guys, when they feel that the thing to say is "well you know, I hear it's premiere now"....
that's the end of a very, very long chain.

http://vimeo.com/user1590967/videos http://www.ogallchoir.net promo producer/editor.grading/motion graphics


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 14, 2013 at 2:09:19 am

On a similar-but-not-really topic, intel wants to split up server racks in to disparate systems.

The interconnect? 100Gbps light pipes.

Again, this is for server racks, but I'm sure pieces of this could be adapted for more general use.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/04/intel-wants-to-kill-t...


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Chris Harlan
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 14, 2013 at 2:19:30 am

[Jeremy Garchow] "On a similar-but-not-really topic, intel wants to split up server racks in to disparate systems.

The interconnect? 100Gbps light pipes.

Again, this is for server racks, but I'm sure pieces of this could be adapted for more general use.
"


Yes, I think that's pretty cool, and from my limited POV, a tad more significant for shared projects.


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Erik Lindahl
Re: Nvidia may have taken away the need for a Mac Pro...
on Apr 14, 2013 at 7:08:47 am

It depends on the performance we can expect. If it's around 16X faster than a $3 000-5 000 system than for some single-system users it's worth $25 000. Also, this sounds like it could be a terrific add-on for large-scale Anywhere systems.

But yes, it's use is quite "slim". I would imagine multi-GPU Titan systems will get you a very very very long way in Premier Pro, After Effects and Resolve. And they "only" cost $1 000 a pop.


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