Exciting times for sure.
But are there any updates as to system requirements or at least an idea on transcode times depending on system (Xenon vs Nehalem Mac Pro)?
I for one have a deposit on the RedRocket and am painfully holding off on a Mac Pro purchase until I know abit more.
Waiting anxiously...but patiently:-)
My understanding is RedRocket will do its thing, handing back fully debayered footage to your CPU in realtime regardless of CPU speed.
If your current machine takes "X" to transcode, that will not change or otherwise speed up.
What does change is waiting 3 seconds for every frame to debayer! That's what we're buying here.
So while transcodes will be drastically sped up, it's because of the realtime debayer. The actual transcode (creation of new file in new CODEC) is handled by your CPU and this will go at the same speed as before. What's removed is the debayer time.
Yes, that's what I meant, I was just talking about the transcode time as opposed to debayer time.
The point is it's not actually the transcode (creating a file in a new CODEC) that was taking the time, it was the debayer.
People shouldn't confuse this with a ProRes hardware card or something, it's job is to debayer the R3Ds in realtime and pass the info to the CPU.
The effect will be a drastically sped up process, but the card is only handling the debayer, not the creation of the new file (transcode.)
I think this is what's still confusing some.
Has anyone used the new Matrox H.264 card? it seems like it would be a good pairing, a redrocket card and a h.264 card.
I'm using the term 'encoding' rather than transcoding because transcoding generally means decode->process->encode and with red rocket the decode and process (debayer and color processing) happen on the card, leaving only the encode on the CPU.
Thanks for the clarification Deanan. Looking forward to receiving it soon!
After refreshing the sales page for 20 minutes, I think I got my order in within 10 seconds of it going live a couple of weeks back.
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