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Nvidia, AMD and Intel news from Computex

By Mike McCarthy

A number of new technologies and products were just announced at this year’s Computex event in Taipei, Taiwan. Let’s take a look at ones that seem relevant to media creation pros.

Nvidia released a line of mobile workstation GPUs based on its newest Turing architecture. Like the GeForce lineup, the Turing line has versions without the RTX designation. The Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 and 3000 have raytracing and Tensor cores, while the Quadro T2000 and T1000 do not, similar to the GeForce 16 products. The RTX 5000 matches the desktop version, with slightly more CUDA cores than the GeForce RTX 2080, although at lower clock speeds for reduced power consumption.

Nvidia’s new RTX 5000

The new Quadro RTX 3000 has similar core configuration to the desktop Quadro RTX 4000 and GeForce RTX 2070. This leaves the new RTX 4000 somewhere in between, with more cores than the desktop variant, aiming to provide similar overall performance at lower clock speeds and power consumption. While I can respect the attempt to offer similar performance at given tiers, doing so makes it more complicated than just leaving consistent naming for particular core configurations.

Nvidia also announced a new “RTX Studio” certification program for laptops targeted at content creators. These laptops are designed to support content creation applications with “desktop-like” performance. RTX Studio laptops will include an RTX GPU (either GeForce or Quadro), an H-Series or better Intel CPU, at least 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, and at least a 1080p screen. Nvidia also announced a new line of studio drivers that are supposed to work with both Quadro and GeForce hardware. They are optimized for content creators and tested for stability with applications from Adobe, Autodesk, Avid, and others. Hopefully these drivers will simplify certain external GPU configurations that mix Quadro and GeForce hardware. It is unclear whether or not these new “Studio” drivers will replace the previously announced “Creator Ready” series of drivers.

Intel announced a new variant of its top end 9900K CPU. The i9-9900KS has a similar configuration, but runs at higher clock speeds on more cores, with a 4GHz base frequency and allowing 5GHz boost speeds on all eight cores. Intel also offered more details on its upcoming 10nm Ice Lake products with Gen 11 integrated graphics, which offers numerous performance improvements and VNNI support to accelerate AI processing. Intel is also integrating support for Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 into the new chipsets, which should lead to wider support for those interfaces. The first 10nm products to be released will be the lower-power chip for tablets and ultra portable laptops with higher power variants coming further in the future.

AMD took the opportunity to release new generations of both CPUs and GPUs. On the CPU front, AMD has a number of new third-generation 7nm Ryzen processors, with six to 12 cores in the 4GHz range and supporting 20 lanes of fourth-gen PCIe. Priced between $200 and $500, they are targeted at consumers and gamers and are slated to be available July 7th. These CPUs compete with Intel’s 9900K and similar CPUs, which have been offering top performance for Premiere and After Effects users due to their high clock speed. It will be interesting to see if AMD’s new products offer competitive performance at that price point.

AMD also finally publicly released its Navi generation GPU architecture, in the form of the new Radeon 5700. The 5000 series has an entirely new core design, which they call Radeon DNA (RDNA) to replace the GCN architecture first released seven years ago. RDNA is supposed to offer 25% more performance per clock cycle and 50% more performance per watt. This is important, because power consumption was AMD’s weak point compared to competing products from Nvidia.

AMD president and CEO Dr. Lisa Su giving her keynote.

While GPU power consumption isn’t as big of a deal for gamers using it a couple hours a day, commercial compute tasks that run 24/7 see significant increases in operating costs for electricity and cooling when power consumption is higher. AMD’s newest Radeon 5700 is advertised to compete performance-wise with the GeForce RTX 2070, meaning that Nvidia still holds the overall performance crown for the foreseeable future. But the new competition should drive down prices in the mid-range performance segment, which are the cards most video editors need.


Mike McCarthy is an online editor/workflow consultant with over 10 years of experience on feature films and commercials. He has been involved in pioneering new solutions for tapeless workflows, DSLR filmmaking and multi-screen and surround video experiences. Check out his site.

Boxx’s Apexx SE capable of 5.0GHz clock speed

Boxx Technologies has introduced the Apexx Special Edition (SE), a workstation featuring a professionally overclocked Intel Core i7-8086K limited edition processor capable of reaching 5.0GHz across all six of its cores.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Intel 8086 (the processor that launched x86 architecture), Intel provided Boxx with a limited number of the high-performance CPUs ideal for 3D modeling, animation and CAD workflows.

Available only while supplies last and custom-configured to accelerate Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya, Adobe CC, Maxon Cinema 4D and other pro apps, Apexx SE features a six-core, 8th generation Intel core i7-8086K limited edition processor professionally overclocked to 5.0GHz. Unlike PC gaming systems, the liquid-cooled Apexx SE sustains that frequency across all cores — even in the most demanding situations.

Featuring a compact and metallic blue chassis, the Apexx S3 supports up to three Nvidia or AMD Radeon pro graphics cards, features solid state drives and 2600MHz DDR4 memory. Boxx is offering a three-year warranty on the systems.

“As longtime Intel partners, Boxx is honored to be chosen to offer this state-of-the-art technology. Lightly threaded 3D content creation tools are limited by the frequency of the processor, so a faster clock speed means more creating and less waiting,” explains Boxx VP, marketing and business development Shoaib Mohammad.

Boxx intros next-gen workstation with new Intel Coffee Lake processors

Boxx Technologies, makers of computer workstations, rendering systems and servers, will be at Autodesk University next week showing its new Apexx S3 workstation, featuring an overclocked, 8th generation, Intel Core i7 processor. Along with the immediate availability of the new Intel Coffee Lake processor, Boxx is showing the workstation in a next-generation chassis — as well as a new Apexx workstation nomenclature based upon the Intel scalable processor platform. According to the company, the workstation is designed to accelerate 3ds Max, Maya and other creative apps.

Apexx S3 replaces the Boxx flagship workstation, Apexx 2 2403, and features the latest Intel Core i7 processor overclocked to 4.8 GHz. The liquid-cooled system sustains that frequency across all cores. The 8th generation Intel processors offer a significant performance increase over previous Intel technology and Boxx is offering a three-year warranty. Boxx also removed unused, outdated technology (like optical drive bays) in order to maximize productive space. Inside its new, compact, industrial chassis, the computationally dense Apexx S3 supports up to two dual-slot Nvidia or AMD Radeon Pro pro graphics cards, an additional single slot card and features solid-state drives and faster memory at 2600MHz DDR4.

 

 

Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K now offers Thunderbolt 2 technology

FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design is offering a new model of UltraStudio 4K, which now includes super fast Thunderbolt 2 technology. The new UltraStudio 4K replaces the previous model and is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers for $995.

The UltraStudio 4K, is a rack mount capture and playback device based on Thunderbolt 2 technology and featuring a machined aluminum front panel with an integrated color LCD as well as video and audio input buttons designed to make things move faster. According to the company, the rear panel includes virtually every type of video and audio connection that exists, including 6G-SDI, HDMI 4K, analog component/s-video/composite, as well as balanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio. That means customers can connect to all decks, cameras, monitors and more.

Now with the 20Gb/s speed of Thunderbolt 2, UltraStudio 4K has more bandwidth to work with higher quality video and frame rates. Customers will be able to capture and playback Ultra HD 4K YUV video at 60 frames per second and Ultra HD 4K RGB video at 30 frames per second via the advanced 6G-SDI video connections.

UltraStudio 4K handles television formats, featuring 6G-SDI connections that instantly switch between SD, HD, Ultra HD and 4K making it a solution for post production and broadcast users when working on design, editing, paint, color correction and visual effects tasks. UltraStudio 4K is also useful for 3D workflow as it features both interleaved/side by side and dual stream capture and playback. Interleaved 3D allows the left and right eye to be interleaved as fields into a single video connection and file, so customers can edit using current editing software.

UltraStudio 4K customers will be able to take advantage of the forthcoming Desktop Video 10 release. The new Desktop Video 10 driver architecture is a major new software update designed from the ground up to be optimized for high speed computers and the new emerging Ultra HD television formats that require massive data speeds. DaVinci Resolve 10 customers will benefit from the simultaneous capture and playback support that lets them capture direct from cameras on set and grade the live video with multiple nodes of color correction for live on-set monitoring. This makes lighting a film set easier, and allows DPs, directors and colorists to work together to optimize the film’s look on set.

UltraStudio 4K key features
• Single Link 6G-SDI, Dual Link 3G-SDI connections, supports SD, HD up to1080p60 and 4K DCI.
• Compatible with Mac OS X computers with Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt.
• SDI inputs include full SDI re-clocking for capture from poor quality SDI sources.
• HDMI in and out, supports SD and HD formats up to 1080p60, frame packing 3D and 4K.
• Component analog in and out.
• Component analog switches to s-video and composite.
• 2 channel balanced analog audio in and out. Additional RCA HiFi audio in.
• 2 channel AES/EBU unbalanced audio in and out.
• Timecode in and out on XLR connectors
• Genlock/tri-sync input.
• Sony™ compatible RS-422 deck control.
• Supports uncompressed 8/10 bit and compressed video capture and playback.
• Supports Ultra HD and 4K DCI capture and playback using new Single Link 6G-SDI or Dual Link 3G-SDI connections and HDMI.
• Capture/playback of side by side, line by line, top and bottom and frame packing 3D via HDMI.
• Capture/playback of side by side, line by line, top and bottom and dual stream 3D via SDI.
• Includes hardware up down and cross conversion on playback.
• Includes hardware SD and HD keying.
• Supports Final Cut Pro X , Avid Media Composer 7 Adobe Premiere Pro CC6, Adobe Photoshop CC6, Adobe After Effects CC6 , DaVinci Resolve and more.
• Includes free developer SDK.
• Supports free DaVinci Resolve Lite software.

 

Meet The Artist: Walter Werzowa

Behind the title…

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Owning a company means wearing many different hats, including one that says “therapist” on it.

NAME: Walter Werzowa

COMPANY: MusikVergnuegen 

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We are an audio concept entity based in Hollywood. Our goal: that every 20 seconds, someone in the world is enjoying our music. We are currently at 58 seconds. Continue reading