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Tom Sefton
new mac pro
on Jan 6, 2014 at 2:07:13 pm

Hi,

Has After Effects, Premiere and Media Encoder been updated to take advantage of the dual GPU in the new Mac pro yet?


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Banks Meador
Re: new mac pro
on Jan 6, 2014 at 5:35:36 pm

Yes, I'm wondering if anyone's had and experience with CC on the new Mac Pro.

I need some intel to know if I should buy 3 for our office and upgrade from CS6.

Anyone done some testing?



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Todd Kopriva
Re: new mac pro
on Jan 6, 2014 at 9:41:31 pm
Last Edited By Todd Kopriva on Jan 6, 2014 at 9:48:41 pm

See these pages regarding multiple GPUs and Premiere Pro:
http://blogs.adobe.com/premierepro/2013/05/improved-gpu-support-in-adobe-pr...

http://blogs.adobe.com/premierepro/2014/01/newgpusincc.html

After Effects won't use the GPUs in the new Mac Pro for GPU acceleration of the ray-traced 3D renderer, but it will use them for all other GOU features. Details are here:
http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2012/05/gpu-cuda-opengl-features-in-aft...

regarding the ray-traced 3D renderer and OpenCL, see this page:
http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2013/12/top-after-effects-feature-reque...

"A related request is that we add OpenCL acceleration for the ray-traced 3D renderer. That’s not going to happen. The ray-traced 3D renderer in After Effects is built using the OptiX library from Nvidia, which depends on Nvidia’s CUDA technology. However, this should not be interpreted to mean that we are opposed to OpenCL. Quite the opposite. When we on the After Effects team look at how we can improve performance, we look at technologies that can be used on a broad array of hardware, including OpenCL and OpenGL. There is just this one narrow, current instance in which we are dependent on a third party (Nvidia) for one feature, the ray-traced 3D renderer. Keep in mind that the ray-traced 3D renderer has a rather limited feature set compared with the 3D capabilities of Cinema 4D (now included with After Effects), which does not depend on any specific GPU technology at all."

You should not be making any purchasing decisions based on the ray-traced 3D renderer in After Effects. It is a very narrowly useful feature that we are replacing over time with a much better 3D feature set using Cinema 4D. Do not make the common mistake of thinking that the hardware requirements for this extremely limited feature, the ray-traced 3D renderer, should have any relevance to your buying decisions.

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