BTW, I will be setting this new system up this month as soon as I get my new monitors.
I am wondering if anyone has any info on what is the difference between these different programs? Maybe Harm or Todd could help me with these questions. I'd at least like to know if the Mercury Playback engine is the same as any of these or if any of these will conflict with it or are duplicating what it does? i know they all are about rendering and H.264 encoding but, are any of them doing the same thing as the MPE?
Little bit about CUDA:
As for the accellerator, that is a plugin:
As for the breakout box, as far as I see, that is still in the works:
I'm guessing you have found those resources as well, but anyway there you go
Hope it helps at least a little.
I really appreciate all the work you went through to find these websites but, it doesn't answer my question as to whether I need to buy Elemental Accelerator if I have RapidHD and is Rapid HD, Elemental Accelerator, do the same thing as MPE or will these programs help the MPE or will they not play nice with it? Or should install all of these because they do different things or help one another?
My CX card came with Rapid HD. They sell the newer cards with Elemental Accelerator or without it. Adobe bundle comes with MPE. They all help with rendering and also H.264. I am confused as to whether the are redundant programs. I just need clarification on their different aspects.
Why do you think you would need all three? Do you do mostly H264 renders?
Asking people who don't know you 'what you need' is pointless unless we know what you'll be doing with it. For me MPE is useless because I can cut real time without and I do all my grading with 3rd party plug-ins.
Just a guess but maybe Elemental plug-in speeds up render with 3rd party FX something that MPE doesn't. That would be the only reason to get it from what I can tell.
I don't see why anyone would need both Elemental and MAX.
I have pretty much made the decision I didn't need the MAX.
I haven't purchase the Adobe CS5 Master Collection yet - but, will be shortly.
I already have Rapid HD - it came with the CX card. I will be exporting to H.264 in near future which I can use MPE for that. I think what best describes my question is - "Is RapidHD and Elemental Accelerator the same thing and what can they do for me that MPE can't do or do they all do the same thing?"
Since Adobe has partnered with Nvidia - I thought there might be an Adobe "company" person around here that might know the answer to the above question. My guess is that the RapidHD is really what is called Elemental Accelerator and now they are calling it "Mercury Playback Engine". So, I am trying to find out if that is the situation or - what purpose would there be for me to install the RapidHD that came with the Nvidia CX card if MPE is the same or there will be a conflict.
I will be getting the Matrox MXO2 mini for the inputs - unless there is something better our there that would do a better job of inputting my edits. I am aware that some of the other companies that make breakout boxes won't support a Dell Workstation.
I hope this is a little clearer as to what I am trying to find out.
I will be getting the Matrox MXO2 mini for the inputs - unless there is something better our there that would do a better job of inputting my edits.
What are you inputting through this device?
RapiHD is the previous name of the Elemental Accelerator. The EA is a PP plugin that uses your nVidia graphics card (via CUDA, the nVidia GPU programming framework) to accelerate the encoding of H.264/AVC output files. The previous link in this thread is wrong, but here's a working link for the Elemental Accelerator. The product is pretty much dead-ended, as there will not be a CS5 version. There is a free-standing version called Badaboom, but it requires that you use Adobe products to first encode your timeline to an uncompressed AVI (or some other compatible format), thus defeating the purpose.
The Mercury Playback Engine uses CUDA to speed up effects, transitions and previewing of the PP timeline. It only marginally speeds up encoding, if at all. There are a bunch of threads on this forum discussing the MPE.
I have a Blackmagic Design card, so I can't tell you anything about the Matrox card and its software.
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Indeed the Wikipedia link was wrong.
Seems there was a dot missing afterwards.
The link should work now, but for some reason I can't edit my old post.
I'll be using it to hook up an older VCR, beta machine, camera, etc. mostly for transferring clips.
Thank-you so much for your reply. This clears up my question. I sort of figured that RapidHD and EA were the same , but, couldn't find that explained anywhere.