Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 / Tech specs(http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html) lists the graphics cards that can be used to accelerate video editing. I would like to put a system together similar to what Dave Helmly describes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqi_qivG82c) with a 3D computer monitor and 3D TV secondary display. However the 3D monitors I have seen like an Asus (http://usa.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VG236H/#overview) indicate Nvidia graphic cards that have no overlap with those specified on the PPro site. Also, I have found no towers locally that come with an appropriate Nvidia card. I have found some that have a spare PCIe slot. I would need two video cards anyway; however, the graphics card that comes with some of these machines specifies a Max resolution of 2560x1600.
Here are my questions:
1) What Nvidia graphics cards are both supported by PPro and support 3D monitors? Am I looking at the wrong monitors? The Alienware site does not seem to specify which video cards are compatible.
2) If the built in video card has a max resolution of 2560x1600, does that mean if I want 1920x1080 resolution for each eye I need Alternate-frame sequencing format (HDMI output to the 3D TV)?
I have not purchased any equipment yet, so I am looking for options that work. Thanks for your help.
Hi Dennis, you need one of the Quadro graphics cards to do what you want to do (use Nvidia 3D output). The GTX cards will output to a secondary 3D display but only in side by side and over under. I have a GTX 480 which I use with PPro and Neo, primary monitor is 2560x1600 (non-3D) , my secondary monitor is a Sony 32" 3D TV on which I view the 3D from the timeline and FirstLight in side by side mode. To be honest, I edit and cut in 2d mode and really only use the 3d monitor for colour grading (which is different for 3D than 2D because of the need to reduce high contrast areas which cause ghosting) and for z-depth positioning for compositing and titles.
Thanks for this information. I know that collecting hardware to do 3D is easier now than earlier; but it still does not seem trivial! I can now finish selecting a machine or may end up having one assembled. I have seen several interesting posts here about doing your own.
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