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Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:37 am 
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I have been thinking about getting an Effect* system, which uses O2 hardware, but I'm wondering... does effect use M-JPEG compression or would I be stuck having to rig together the bandwidth for uncompressed video? I'm pretty sure Jale02 uses M-JPEG.


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colin wrote:
I have been thinking about getting an Effect* system, which uses O2 hardware, but I'm wondering... does effect use M-JPEG compression or would I be stuck having to rig together the bandwidth for uncompressed video? I'm pretty sure Jale02 uses M-JPEG.


Effect does not use MJPEG.

As to storage, you really are supposed to use the Discreet drive arrays anyway, so you don't really have to worry about rigging together a fast enough array.

If you were using a discreet array, there are plenty of single drives that can saturate UW scsi without an entire array. On my O2, I have 2 such 18 gig seagate drives on two buses striped for very fast performance.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:50 am 
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Just bear in mind that effect can be configured to use any drive attached to the system as a framestore, which includes non-discreet drive arrays and even the system drive. A single fast drive, as mentioned, would be enough to provide realtime playback of uncompressed NTSC/PAL video, which requires about 30MB/s of bandwidth.


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Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:32 am 
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Hmm, not sure how I got it in my head that effect used mjpeg. Knowing this, though, I think I would rather seek out an Octane-based system, either Discreet or perhaps with IFX Piranha. Way less rendering time anyway.


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