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How to Encode Faster in Compressor with Apple Qmaster

September 23rd, 2008 · 18 Comments

This was a real pain to learn. I hope this helps many of you DVD Authors that have a laptop and a desktop. Good luck!

How to Encode Faster in Compressor with Apple Qmaster from Andy Coon on Vimeo.

Tags: Apple · Tips · Video

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mr. Shannon // Sep 25, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Excellent tutorial! thanks for the info. I will be setting up a 6 station MacPro Qmaster Render Farm and your video helps TREMENDOUSLY!

  • 2 Andy Coon // Sep 25, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Glad you found it useful. You realize that is like tech porn. I wish I could be there. I take it you will be using an Ethernet HUB.

  • 3 Casper // Oct 8, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Hey Andy,

    very cool tutorial and extremely useful.
    Do you have any experience with sharing over a wireless network? Or would that be too slow?
    In my office there is like 6 MacBooks on a wifi network – would encoding be faster if I used them as a cluster?
    And what happens if one of the computers go offline?


  • 4 Andy Coon // Oct 8, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve never used it on a wifi network…you challenge me, I accept. That would be very cool to see if you can do it via wifi. If one computer goes offline you have to do it all over again.

    I know I mistakenly unhooked my laptop for a bathroom break and I had to redo the encode. Even after my laptop finished it’s job in the qmaster.

  • 5 mark // Feb 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    ok i have pretty much the same setup, followed all instructions, however compressor cannot see the cluster.

    the problems i ran into
    Neither computer can specify a folder other than a drive connected to that computer, both computers are running different versions of OSx so not sure if this is the issue.
    so not sure what I am doing wrong.

  • 6 Andy Coon // Mar 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Mark, I think I understand what you are saying. We you select a folder it needs to be on the computer you are using.

    So The G5 as the main qmaster select a folder on that machine. It doesn’t really matter what you select on you laptop.

    I hope that helps…or I understood you correctly.

  • 7 Peter Cave // Apr 24, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Thanks Andy,
    I was struggling to understand the process using Apple’s manuals! I have made a cluster with 2 Macs using a wi-fi network; not as fast as a local render but works as you describe.

  • 8 Jacob Morales // Apr 27, 2009 at 2:11 am

    This was totally helpful. Thanks Andy. I’m saving up for a second computer for this purpose!

    -Jacob Morales
    Moving Pixel Films

  • 9 Gunsmoke // May 28, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I followed these steps, and now my own system’s cluster will not longer appear in the Batch Monitor. I notice this is a common issue and no one has solved it permanently, even after reinstalling it will happen again. Any ideas or advice?

  • 10 Gunsmoke // May 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I set the shared cluster storage location back to the default and started and stopped and reboot over and over and eventually it works again, but the Qadministrator has locked a cluster with no way of me removing it, but it’s working on my 8 core, so I’ll just leave well enough alone now. (Interesting – I discovered holding down Option in the QMaster Pref pane, the Start/Stop changes to Reset. It didn’t fix it, but just fyi.) I also read that the version before last, 3.0.4, was supposed to have fixed these issues. It didn’t!

  • 11 Young // Jun 7, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Andy,

    My setup is like this:
    1. G5 – controller (main workstation for editing)
    2. Macbook Pro – services only
    3. MacPro – services only

    Can I set my G5 not to participate in processing? Coz I’d like to carry on working on other videos when the render farm is coding, but the machine gets painfully slow and often result in crashes if I do both at the same time.

    Thanks for your nice tutorial, really appreciate it.

  • 12 matteus // Jul 14, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Holy shmokes!

    Only tips I can give are:
    1. If you’re having problems use this and get rid of all FCP stuff:
    – then re-install
    -check for updates
    – in compressor, reset all background services
    – in the sys. pref pane (qmaster) hold down OPTION and click where “share” used to be (now replaced by reset)
    – then follow all these awesome instructions.

    I just want to know now, why is it that my “services” node waits for the control node to finish one of it’s jobs before letting it go to the next one?
    Does it have to do with it being a two pass DVD encode?

  • 13 JC // Oct 28, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Same problem with Mark.

    Everything worked up to the point when I click “Submit” in Qadministrator, it does not give a temporary space like in your video. Moving then to Compressor where you pick a Cluster. Only “This Computer” shows and is available.

    What could be wrong. Network is fine and set-up is fine as well.

    Thank you.

  • 14 Graeme // Apr 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I am not having any trouble linking the two computers (each is visible in the finder of the other). However, when I enter the QAdministrator on the main computer, I am not seeing the other computer on the list. Any idea why this might be happening?

  • 15 Jordan // Oct 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Andy,

    Thanks for the tutorial, very helpful. So I was able to compress using a cluster based on your advice, but when trying to export using compressor out of FCP I got an error message with no details and it failed on me… It worked using a self contained .mov as in your tutorial though… Any advice why this wouldn’t work properly when exporting out of FCP??

  • 16 Andy Coon // Oct 26, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I wish I could help you out with that Jordan but I always use a self contained .mov. No particular reason other than habit.

  • 17 Vincent // Dec 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    @Jordan, I have the same probleme during exporting compressor out of FCP. I can’t resolve the problem.

  • 18 tj // May 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    i can’t wait for my work-load to be done tonight so I can test this sucker out…i’ve been getting killed on compressor as of lately…

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