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Bill Davis
Re: Mac Mini with eGPU
on Nov 1, 2018 at 9:01:05 pm

[Oliver Peters] "Does a new Mac Mini (optioned out with all the bells & whistles) - plus one of the BMD eGPU and TB storage - become a good FCPX option in the opinion of this group?"

I'm guessing in the next 5 years - what we conceive of as an editing system is pretty much ALL going to change.

I saw a twitter link yesterday about some new technology coming out of my local San Diego State Computer Science Program that has kinda blown my mind.

Read this and tell me that the way we edit right might not be changing in the not too distant future.

If, as the article implies, anyone with a fast connection can upload entire edits into a cloud array, have that array virtually instantly express all sorts of AI manipulations against the footage - DIRT CHEAPLY. and then relay the new material down to the end user - might the type of "all in a box" computer systems we mostly rely upon today end up looking a bit like Model T Fords.

You just KNOW AI, Machine Learning and Cloud Computing is in the infant stages of targeting lots of aspects of the digital streams we all create.

Sure, a brain expressing artistic intent against the material will always be necessary, but what's the purpose of a HONKING box sucking down power under your desk for 20 minutes to do the exact same job that a massively parallel cloud service can distribute out and do in SECONDS - and for Pennies?

The eGPU external box is a product solution right now, but it's also, in my mind a SIGN. It's a wake up that we may be moving away from a monolithic box, to more distributed processing.

Say these GPU boxes scale so that they're the price of hard drives today - will we eventually have as many GPUs under our desks as we have hard drives? All connected to a fat internet pipe loop into the cloud for a circuit to do the REALLY tough stuff?

In that scenario - a MacMini peripherals hub or Laptop might become everything an editor would really need.

We'll see.

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