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Qmaster Cluster Buster

August 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I wasted yet another day trying to figure out how to run a Qmaster Cluster between my desktop and my laptop while encoding a file for DVD Authoring. Bad news is I tried so many tutorials and looked endlessly through the compressor/qmaster discussion board and found jibberish…until I came across a post that had a link to Vision Studios site and they solved all my problems.

Why do a Cluster?
Right now I really have the time not to worry about encoding at a fast speed. I can see that changing once I begin encoding for Blu-Ray, or get more gigs. The cluster allows you to use as many processors that you happen to have hanging around the house. I have a Dual 2 GHz G5 and a 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro. Instead of having two processors encoding the video file I now have 4 processors working on it. By the way the Intel chips are much faster than the G5. I can’t imagine the 8 core chip.

The cluster breaks up the footage and separates it to each processor. So I had four running at the same time.

I wrapped up my freelance gigs and I was overloaded during that time so I figured why not look into figuring a way out to expedite my time. So it took me all day today. Now I want as many machines as I can get to see how fast I can encode another project.

I know you can speed up your render times in FCP but I believe you need Leopard Server and create an Xgrid. I just got Leopard Server. The problem I have is I can’t sacrafice my desktop to convert it to a server I need it for work. Maybe next time when I upgrade to the Mac Pro.

Tags: Apple · Final Cut Pro

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rob // Aug 26, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Your link to Vision Studios is broken. Here is the correct one:
    http://visionstudios.ca/RenderFarm/RenderFarmleft.html

  • 2 Curtis // Dec 4, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Hey thanks for the link to my documentation of qmaster. Glad that it helped you out. It took a lot of testing to get qmaster to work for me.

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