Computers and studio gear Sun, 28 May 17 23:47:21 -0600 Computers and studio gear en-CA Ninja Inferno with HDR and 4Kp60 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:18:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16625@/talks/discussions

Available at

Melbourne, Australia – 23rd March 2017: Today, Atomos brings the power of 4Kp60 10-bit ProRes recording and HDR monitoring to the GH5 for an amazingly low price of just $995.

“Our message to video Pro’s is to Go HDR 4Kp60 Today showcased by the GH5 and Ninja Inferno combo”, said Jeromy Young CEO and co-founder of Atomos. “For less than $3k it’s an unbeatable total package especially when considering having 4K HDR content ready for clients, Netflix and YouTube is a must”.

Atomos has always led the way advancing the quality, affordability and simplicity of filmmaking by adding professional features to popular Japanese cameras. Atomos are again first to launch a portable HDR 4Kp60 10-bit 422 monitor recorder. Timed with the release of the powerful Panasonic GH5 and a $995 price point Ninja Inferno empowers the masses.

Just as the original Atomos Ninja broke open DSLR filmmaking by giving the Canon 5DMKIII professional Apple ProRes recording & the original Atomos Shogun pioneered 4K with the Sony a7s and Panasonic GH4, the Ninja Inferno now arms the Panasonic GH5, the hottest camera of 2017, with HDR Apple Pro-Res 10-bit 4:2:2 4Kp60 over HDMI 2.0 – a feat not possible internally on the GH5. This marks another incredible Atomos breakthrough – professional 10-bit color resolution, 4:2:2 color accuracy, high frame rate 4K 60p video resolution & all with the incredible brightness range that HDR delivers in PQ or HLG.

Apart from being an obvious companion for the new GH5, the Ninja Inferno is the world’s first HDMI monitor-recorder to accept 4K DCI signals from cameras like the Panasonic GH4 / DVX200 / HCX1000 / UX180 / HCX1, Sony FS7 / Z100 and the JVC LS300. Support for the 4096 DCI standard unlocks cinema recording from these 4K video & mirrorless DSLRs.

For the Ninja Inferno, like its flagship sibling the Shogun Inferno, we have created the ultimate monitor through end-to-end custom engineering of all components. It starts with a 1920x1200 resolution LCD panel and add 10-bit processing in highlights and equivalent 10+ bit resolution in blacks. This is achieved through the patented AtomHDR engine which when combined with our custom Atomos-built backlight allows the power of 1500nits to be utilized for High Bright Rec709 or HDR PQ/HLG at 10+ stops. The full-size HDMI 2.0 connection bypasses the camera’s internal limitations by recording to 4Kp60 4:2:2 10-bit pristine video in grading-friendly Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR. The Ninja Inferno upgrades mirrorless and DSLR camera audio by including balanced XLR input and 48V Phantom Power, negating the need to purchase separate audio recorders. For on set review, the wide angle 7” calibrated screen, playback controls, playlist and XML tagging make the Ninja Inferno the perfect client or director’s monitor, with playout to the latest HDR PQ/HLG or SDR TV’s. The Ninja Inferno is equally adept in the editing suite as it is in the field with the recorded files dropping directly onto the timeline of all the major NLE editing and grading software with the HDMI input capable of accepting HDR signals to make the Ninja Inferno an unbelievably affordable HDR reference monitor for portable or in studio color grading.

The Ninja Inferno, which is shipping now for MSRP $995, is the ultimate camera accessory for the GH5, the popular Sony FS7 or cameras with 4K DCI output & other 4Kp60 / 4Kp30 / HDp60 cameras looking for a future proof monitor-recorder.

HDR now comes free across the Atomos 4K Line-up

Timed with the release of the Ninja Inferno, Atomos have driven down the price of the existing line-up, passing on the volume savings they receive due to the popularity of the entire HDR range. The Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame are now $995 and $795 respectively (both models ship with mains power supply, recording caddy & travel case. The Shogun Flame also ships with an XLR breakout cable). To complement all models in the line-up, Atomos have developed a tailored Accessory Kit and Power Kit that arm users with everything needed to power, control, dock, charge and safely carry the units at an amazing price. The flagship Shogun Inferno continues to ship as is today.

Intel GPU design Thu, 25 May 2017 13:08:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17017@/talks/discussions Intel processor graphics GPUs have two main groups of hardware:


*Execution Units/EUs: General purpose execution units. These are used for graphics rendering, but they are also suited to a wide range of media processing tasks. * Media Fixed Function: In addition, specialized fixed function hardware accelerates video codec and frame processing algorithms for fundamentally higher performance at lower power than the EUs or CPUs.

The basic unit of the GPU architecture is the subslice. This contains EUs and memory components. They are assembled into slices.


Subslices are assembled into slices


Execution Units are general purpose compute engines ideal for video processing uses. They are often used by encode for parts of the algorithm not run in fixed function like rate control and mode decisions. The samplers are also highly important to media tasks. They are used by resize and motion estimation.

In addition to EU slices, there is an “unslice” with additional hardware engines individually schedulable for media tasks:



  1. VDBox (also known as MFX) for codec operations
  2. VEBox (also known as VQE) provides hardware acceleration for video enhancement/frame processing operations.

VDbox/MFX contains:

  • Bitstream decoder (BSD).
  • ENC (intra prediction, motion estimation)
  • PAK (quantization, entropy coding, pixel reconstruction, motion compensation)

VEbox/VQE contains:

  • Denoise
  • Advanced Deinterlace (ADI)
  • Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (LACE)
  • Camera processing features (skin tone enhancement, etc.)

Intel FP32 GPU performance is still very low


Info from

Nvidia GPUs design Fri, 19 May 2017 03:40:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16967@/talks/discussions GTX 1030, ultra budget card

GP108-300-A1 chip, SMMs - 3, 64bit bus, 48Gb/s bandwidth, 942 GFlops


GTX 1050 / 1050 Ti, budget cards

GP107-300(400)-A1, SMMs - 5(6), 128bit bus, 112Gb/s bandwidth, 1733(1981) GFlops


GeForce GTX 1060 3GB/6GB, medium card

GP106-300(400)-A1, SMMs - 9(10), 192bit bus, 192Gb/s bandwidth, 3470 (3855 ) GFlops


GeForce GTX 1070 / GTX 1080, advanced cards

GP104-200(400)-A1, SMMs - 15(20), 256bit bus, 256 (320)Gb/s bandwidth, 5783 (8228 ) GFlops


GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, top cards

GP102-350SMMs - 28, 352bit bus, 484 Gb/s bandwidth, 10609 GFlops


You can see extreme savings on design, as all cards consist from literally same blocks, just different number of them.

Graphic cards peak theoretical performance Mon, 15 May 2017 07:51:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16937@/talks/discussions Made simple pointed lists that specify only memory bandwidth and peak possible single precision performance.

In editing and playback the only other things that matter are fixed encoder and decoder, see previous blog posts for it.


  • Radeon R9 270X, 179.2GB/s, 2560(2688) GFlops
  • Radeon R9 280X, 288GB/s, 3481.6 (4096) GFlops
  • Radeon R9 290X, 320GB/s, 5632 Gflops
  • Radeon R9 380X, 182.4GB/s, 3973.1 Gflops
  • Radeon R9 390X, 384GB/s, 5913.6 Gflops
  • Radeon RX 460, 112GB/s, 1953(2150) GFlops
  • Radeon RX 470, 211GB/s, 3793(4940) GFlops
  • Radeon RX 480, 224GB/s, 5161 (5834) GFlops
  • Radeon RX 580, 256GB/s, 6100 GFlops


  • GeForce GTX 670, 192GB/s, 2460 GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 680, 192GB.s, 3090 GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 770, 224GB/sec, 3213 GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 780, 288GB/sec, 3977 GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 780Ti, 336GB/Sec, 5046 GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 970, 196GB/s, 3494 GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 980, 224GB/s, 4612 GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 336GB/s, 6144 GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 112GB/s, 1981(2138) GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, 224GB/s, 3855 (4372) GFlops
  • GeForce GTX 1070, 256GB/s, 5783 (6463)
  • GeForce GTX 1080, 352GB/s, 8228 (8873)
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 484GB/s, 10609 (11340)
AMD GPUs design Fri, 19 May 2017 05:05:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16968@/talks/discussions RX 460/560

Polaris 11/21 chip, ACEs - 2, 112Gb/sec bandwidth, 1953Gflops/sec

Many cards unlock up to full 1024 stream processors.


RX 470/570, RX 480/580

Polaris 10/20 chips, ACEs - 4, 211-256Gb/sec bandwidth, 3790-5100Gflops/sec


AMD RX Vega Lineup Mon, 15 May 2017 10:59:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16940@/talks/discussions

AMD is expected to unveil its upcoming Vega based graphics cards at this year’s Computex on 31st May.

First card will be called the RX Vega Core which will start at $399. It will deliver performance on par with or better than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070.

RX Vega Eclipse which will be priced at $499 and will compete head to head with the GTX 1080.

RX Vega Nova will be the Big Vega that will retail at $599 and rival the GTX 1080 Ti.

Atomos Shogun Inferno Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:24:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14976@/talks/discussions image

Melbourne, Australia – 17th April 2016: Atomos invented the all-in-one monitor recorder category and now redefine it with the Shogun Inferno. It is the combination of the most advanced monitor technologies – 1500nit/10bit/HDR, the latest recording capability – 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI, along with playback & editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. Shogun Inferno makes mastering a high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range workflow available to all filmmakers.

Shogun Inferno sits as the flagship model in the new 8-strong Atomos HDR line-up which has expanded to include HDR as a free update to the Blade HD series, Ninja Assassin, Shogun and Shogun Studio along with the recently announced Flame series.

Shogun Inferno has all of the premium monitoring features previously announced on the Shogun Flame i.e. 10 stops of dynamic range with AtomHDR, 1500nit brightness for outdoor monitoring & 10-bit processing for smooth color transitions.

  • AtomHDR; AtomHDR lets you shoot with the high brightness range of your camera’s Log profile and previewthe final, vibrant post production HDR result.
  • 4K 60p; Record and play out pristine ProRes/ DNxHR in 4K resolution and 24/25/30/50/60p frame rates.
  • HD 240p; Apart from 4K recording, high frame rate HD from 50p to 240p can be recorded from cameras thatoutput these high frame rates.
  • Quad SDI; The Quad SDI inputs let you connect from cameras with 1.5/3/6/12G SDI outputs without the needfor converters.
  • Raw recording; Capture the RAW output from Sony FS7/ FS700 and Canon C300MKII/C500 over SDI,recording to either ProRes, DNxHR or CDNG.
  • 10-bit monitor; 10-bit monitor processing increases the number of colors from 16.7 million for standard 8-bitpanels to 1.07 billion, minimizing color banding on screen.
  • 7” 1500nit brightness; For Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) shooting ramp the brightness slider up to 1500 nitfor hood-free outdoor monitoring.
  • Apple ProRes & AVID DNxHR recording; Record to visually lossless Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHD in Rec709or Log formats as an edit friendly, visually lossless industry benchmark independent of the camera brand used.
  • PQ in/out; Take PQ out into larger HDR compatible screens or feed HDR from your NLE into the PQ input forHDR grading using the Inferno.
  • Custom looks; Apply a custom look to footage by uploading and applying “.cube” 3D LUT’s. View in full/halfmode on screen, output it to a monitor or record into the footage.
  • Continuous power; Our patent pending Continuous power system automatically swaps to the second batterywhen power is low for uninterrupted recording in the field.
  • Playlist generation; Create playlists easily, either entire clips or tagged parts of clips, for playback on the unit orout to a larger screen.
  • High quality 4K 60p and HD 240p ProRes and DNxHR recording, from either a video or Raw signal – perfect for sports broadcasters and slow motion recordings.

The Shogun Inferno ships with host of accessories including a HPRC hard case, a snap-fast HDR sunhood, fast battery charger, control cable, 2 x NP-F750 4 cell batteries, USB 3 Docking Station, D-Tap Cable, 5 x Master Caddy Cases, Break-out XLR cable and a 12 V 3A AC-DC Power Adapter. MSRP is US $1995 with availability in Q3 2016.

The Shogun Inferno is shipping Q3 2016 for a MSRP of US: $ 1,995 ex. TAX EU: € 1,995 ex. VAT GBP: £ 1665 ex. VAT AUD: $ 3099 Inc. GST JPY: Yen 278,000 inc VAT

Core i9 Skylake-X Lineup Sun, 14 May 2017 06:08:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16929@/talks/discussions Core i9-7920X - 12C/24T, 16.5MB L3, 44 PCIe lanes, Clocks Unknown

Core i9-7900X - 10C/20T, 13.75MB L3, 44 PCIe Lanes, 3.3Ghz Base, 4.3Ghz Turbo 2.0, 4.5Ghz Turbo 3.0

Core i9-7820X - 8C/16T, 11MB L3, 28 PCIe Lanes, 3.6Ghz Base, 4.3Ghz Turbo 2.0, 4.5Ghz Turbo 3.0

Core i9-7800X - 6C/12T, 8.25MB L3, 28 PCIe Lanes, 3.5Ghz Base, 4.0Ghz Turbo 2.0

  • L2 cache = 1MB (Skylake-X), 4x as much as Core i7-7700K
  • Quad DDR4-2666 for Skylake-X
  • 140W for Skylake-X
  • All Core i9 parts support AVX-512
  • Launch in June, except 7920X in August
Keyboards Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:00:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2982@/talks/discussions While in camera world we have clear progress year after year, in keyboard business things in mass market are going in reverse.

If you get IBM PS/2 keyboard from 1991 and after working on it you go to your shop and try various keyboards you'll be in shock. Starting from $5-10 crap invented only to type up to 140 symbols a day (makes you understand twitter popularity), to pricey junk "space ships" designed to run video player.

And gaming keyboards. This is long story. Not only you must send all your time down the pipes, but you must do it on cool keyboards. I am not even start the story of motherfuckers who place extra keys in the bottom row, more and more. Inventor of Windows keys (and Fn keys on notebooks) must be found and executed in public using some very paintful way.

This was few thoughts I got after looking at keyboard market and getting Razor BlackWidow (not big choice of localized mechanical stuff is available really).


This is mechanical keyboard based on Cherry MX Blue switches

Razor keyboard is very good example of modern "inventors".

  1. Key size is slightly reduced compared to normal keyboards (whole main block is smaller than normal keyboard).
  2. Typeface used for keys is just awful, not major, really, if you type constantly, but anyway.
  3. As this is "gamers keyboard" it has macro keys that are on the left and placed in such distance that makes harder intuitive use of left Ctrl.
  4. It is glossy and keys are made from quite cheap plastic (if you compare to IBM keyboards)

But overall, of couse it can't be compared to rubber dome crap, even good one as some Microsoft keyboards.

It not have ideal main key block layout like some keyboards:

As Enter is still small.

May be in future we'll see something ideal, like IBM keyboards, but with larger bottom row, no widows keys and with buckling spring or mech switches options.

Available at:

Note: You can get older (not 2013) version, it is cheaper but absolutely the same from practical standpoint

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:35:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14980@/talks/discussions image

  • 7" 1920 x 1200 screen
  • 2 mini-XLR audio inputs with phantom power
  • 2 SD cards
  • 2160p30 support
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 HD ProRes or DNxHD recording.
  • Dual UHS-II SDHC card recorders
  • -128dBV noise floor for high quality audio recording.
  • LANC connection for remote control.
  • Auto start/stop recording using HDMI or SDI triggers.
  • Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
  • Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and Premier Pro.
  • All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
  • Includes 6G-SDI input allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.


Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, a portable all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used to add professional recording and monitoring to any SDI or HDMI camera. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, high resolution 7 inch monitor for checking focus and framing, two high speed recorders for non-stop HD and Ultra HD recording, two extremely high quality XLR microphone inputs for professional audio recording, a built in speaker and more.

The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is perfect for customers that need better monitoring and higher quality recording. Older cameras often feature custom and hard to use file or tape formats, while lower cost consumer cameras often have poor quality file formats and small screens, limiting their professional use. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K solves this problem because it works with every type of camera from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two built in high speed UHS-II recorders that work with the latest high performance SD cards, making them fast enough to record Ultra HD video up to 2160p30 on widely available, inexpensive SD cards. Files are saved as broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video in either ProRes or DNxHD formats, making them compatible with all popular editing software, like DaVinci Resolve, so you can start editing immediately without having to transcode or convert files. Recording can be triggered to start and stop using LANC or over HDMI or SDI from the camera. With two built in recorders, customers get non-stop recording because when one card is full it automatically continues onto the next. The new high speed SD cards are compatible with existing SD card readers so they can be mounted directly on a computer for cloning and backup using the included DaVinci Resolve software.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is also an extremely high quality audio recorder that features two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power so customers can attach external microphones. This totally eliminates the problems with auto gain controls on DLSR cameras and, with an amazing low electrical noise floor of -128dBV, the recordings are incredibly high quality and sound dramatically better than camera audio. Sound is recorded into the same file as the video, so customers don’t have to worry about AV sync between separate audio and video files!

Durable and lightweight, the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, 7 inch high resolution 1920 x 1200 monitor and touchscreen with a wide 135º viewing angle. The extra resolution of the screen lets customers view 16:9 sources and see critical status information without covering the image. The display is also a touchscreen that lets customers use simple tap and swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features an elegant heads up display overlay that lets customers keep their eyes on the shot while viewing the current input frame rate, histogram, audio meters, timecode and more.

For power, Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two standard LP-E6 battery slots that allow hot swapping of batteries while in use, and it can be powered using the 12V DC input. The batteries are discharged serially, so only 1 is used at a time. When there’s power, the batteries are charged in parallel, which saves time when recharging.

CPU Encoding and NLEs Sat, 13 May 2017 23:37:52 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16926@/talks/discussions |----------------|---------|---------|---------| | CPU (Ghz) | x264 | x265 | LAVC | |----------------|---------|---------|---------| | i5-3550@3.50 | 7.12 | 1.04 | 48.0 | | i7-5960X@4.40 | 24.03 | 4.38 | 150.0 | | R7 1700@3.75 | 21.66 | 3.45 | 110.0 | | x5670@4.00 | 11.33 | 1.58 | 69.0 | | i7-4770K@4.50 | 10.89 | 2.11 | 72.0 | | i7-2600K@4.20 | 9.27 | 1.33 | 58.0 | | i5-2500K@4.50 | 6.95 | 1.15 | 52.0 | |----------------|---------|---------|---------| | R7 1700@stock | 18.51 | 2.98 | 103.0 | | R7 1700X@stock | 20.61 | | | | R7 1800X@stock | 21.28 | 3.42 | 118.0 | | i7-6700K@stock | 11.95 | 2.28 | 82.0 | | i7-7700K@stock | 14.02 | | | | i7-5960X@stock | 18.18 | 3.30 | 116.0 | | i7-6900K@stock | 19.83 | | | | i7-6950K@stock | 22.10 | | | | i7-4770@stock | 10.30 | 1.89 | 67.0 | | E5-2670@stock | 12.64 | 1.80 | 79.0 | |----------------|---------|---------|---------|

H.264 decoding and NLEs Sat, 13 May 2017 23:35:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16925@/talks/discussions Follow-up to

H.264 decoding in fps.

1080p30 27Mbps, Twinpeaks

  • Haswell - 1070/1070/1070
  • CPU 4790 - 515/515/515
  • SandyBridge - 484/484/484
  • GTX 960 - 475/475/475
  • RX 470 - 288/308/326
  • Radeon - 5750 46/56/62

1080p24 4 ref frames, 112Mbps, Birds

  • GTX 960 - 171/177/176
  • SandyBridge - 151/160/161
  • CPU 4790 - 100/110/113
  • RX 470 - 75/86/92
  • Radeon 5750 - 13/27/47

1080p30 5 ref frames, 108Mbps Ducks Take Off

  • Haswell - 413/413/413
  • GTX 1060 - 249/258/249
  • GTX 960 - 181/191/192
  • SandyBridge - 168/183/183
  • CPU 4790 - 115/125/134
  • RX 470 - 80/98/110
  • Radeon 5750 - 0/30/58


HEVC Decoding and NLEs Sat, 13 May 2017 04:09:34 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16921@/talks/discussions 4K Low mbit sample, LG_4K_View-the-Feeling (2160p@29.970fps ~25Mbps)

  • GTX 1060 - 217/223/227
  • GTX 1050 Ti - 195/199/204
  • Skylake HD 530 - 146/168/202
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 97/123/147
  • RX 470 - 101/107/113

4K High mbit, high fps - Crowd_run 4K@50fps -300Mbps

  • GTX 1060 - 139/145/147
  • GTX 1050 - Ti 115/125/128
  • Skylake HD 530 - 102/114/119
  • GTX 1050 - 94/106/114
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 72/92/98
  • RX 470 - 60/72/79

4K Very high mbit, 60fps, 8bit - Netflix_TunnelFlag_4096x2160_60fps_x265_8bit_700Mbit

  • GTX 1060 - 81/91/101
  • GTX 1050 Ti - 66/80/92
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 57/72/87
  • GTX 1050 - 49/64/74
  • GTX 960 - 47/59/71
  • RX 470 - 34/46/55

8K MBC UHD Music Core GFriend - Rough (4in1) 8k@60fps-80Mbps

  • GTX 1060 - 59/60/63
  • GTX 1050 Ti - 54/55/56
  • GTX 1050 - 52/54/55
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 24/25/29


If camera HEVC stream matches standard 4K HEVC native files (both 8 and 10bit) must be editable in properly made NLE on latest GTX cards or even CPU.

Yet most popular NLEs internal pipeline design is very old and so horrible...

What CPU and GPU to edit 10bit 4k video? Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:30:21 -0700 apefos 16454@/talks/discussions GH5 offer 10 bit 422 4k video.

There are some 4k 10 bit monitor from Samsung, Asus, and so on...

So the question is: what Nvidia GPU will offer 10 bit support for editing 4k 10 bit 422 in premiere cuda aceleration? Will the GeForce GPU be good enough? Or there is a need for highend Quadro nvidia gpu?

AMD RX480, RX470 and RX460 cards - HEVC, HDR and 4K Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:18:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15157@/talks/discussions image

Main change comes with video related features

  • Full HEVC support
  • HDR output support
  • HDMI 2.0b and Displayport 1.4
  • 4GB version for $199
AMD RX 550 - tiny beast for video editing Wed, 10 May 2017 19:26:01 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16904@/talks/discussions image

It has all pluses of 500 series H.264/HEVC dedicated decoders/encoders, slow GPU/memory speed for playback mode.

If you do simple editing, especially in Final Cut X, Edius, Vegas, PowerDirector, Video Pro X - it is one of best options.

It is extremely cold and 50W consumption max.

Note - I suggest 4Gb version, it is very cheap at around $100

2Gb start from around $80

Intel Xeon E5 V3 8-10 core chips are available for quite cheap Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:25:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14995@/talks/discussions Used, but starting from $159

10 core from $204 -

Note that actual progress in CPUs is very slow. So this is almost same as current models.

Small guys Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:56:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8094@/talks/discussions image

NUC. Now on Haswell :-)


BRIX. Same shit.

Nvidia GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 soon Fri, 06 May 2016 23:15:13 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15052@/talks/discussions image



Some more stuff

  • 7680x4320@60Hz support
  • HDMI 2.0b interface with HDCP 2.2
  • Displayport 1.4
  • 180 W max consumption
Choosing the GPU for my new rig Tue, 09 Jun 2015 02:05:03 -0600 Riker 13144@/talks/discussions I'm trying to get the final piece for my puzzle, reading all across the web about what exact GPU would be the most fitting for Premiere CS6. I've read numerous replies, from "go with the latest, fastes nvidia gaming card" to "get the old 580 because it still rocks".

My shopping list so far is;

i7 4790K - Z97 Pro - 32 GB RAM - Intel 535 480GB (OS / apps / scratch) - WD Black 2TB (media)

I use this primarily and only for editing my own footage (AVCHD). I use only 2 brands of camera, not sure if I can name names, but one can deliver 100 Mbps 4K video in AVCHD, and 200 Mbps in 1080p, and the other one is the most popular action cam on the market. I use CS6 and if someone convinces me, I could consider switching to that should also be taken into consideration.

I would like to finalize my build by choosing the right card for this system, so if you can give me any advice, that would be awesome. I don't need any raid setups, for my intents and purposes I believe a straighforward build like this is enough, one day I might experiment with M2 but that's out of the option now.

Also, I do some mographs in AE but as far as I can tell, GPU acceleration in AE is for raytracing only, which is something I don't do so...I guess it doesn't matter. If the GPU can improve working in Resolve, that would be great.

Hope to get some good advices, and if you have any other suggestions on my build, feel free to add.


Modular Mac Pro Fri, 14 Apr 2017 01:37:00 -0600 MikeLinn 16742@/talks/discussions

The Definitive Hackintosh topic Sat, 04 Aug 2012 21:06:24 -0600 artiswar 4150@/talks/discussions I'm sure someone out there has a behemoth to show off. I'm in the process of building and Ivy Bridge Quad-core with 32gb of RAM, SSD boot drive, and newer NVIDIA card. All for a bit over $1000. Super stoked.

Atomos Shogun 4K recorder Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:17:23 -0600 Hazna 10085@/talks/discussions

Atomos, the creator of the award-winning Apple ProRes Ninja and Samurai camera-mounted recorders, and the pocket-sized Connect converters, will show the brand new 4K "Shogun 7” IPS monitor/recorder alongside the new Sony A7S at NAB 2014. The Shogun is currently the only 4K HDMI recording solution that can take full advantage of the new A7S’s full 35mm ultra-sensitive 12 mega pixel video sensor, clean HDMI out, 120 fps HD and custom HDMI timecode and start/stop trigger.


”Finally the camera the world has been waiting for, Sony has pulled out all the stops to deliver the world’s first Full Frame Video sensor in a camera for the masses.” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “We are very proud to give 4K recording capability to the Sony A7S with our brand new 4K ProRes Shogun which sports a 1920×1200 7” killer monitor and unparalleled affordable 4K recording”. The Atomos Shogun is the world’s first 4K HDMI and 12G SDI monitor recorder and deck. With clean HDMI out direct to 4K ProRes onto single SSDs or RAIDed HDDs – 4K is now a mainstream reality at the equivalent of $40 per hour for storage media. With Sony’s pedigree and reliability coupled with Atomos’ revolutionary feature set and price points, this combination at under $5K is the most compelling video solution on the market today. Like the Samurai and Ninja Blade, Shogun allows the recording of pristine, 422 10-bit images straight from thecamera sensor captured using 4K/HD ProRes, Uncompressed RAW Cinema DNG or Avid DNxHD codecs.Waveform and monitor assist tools such as luma parade, vectorscope and tri-level focus peaking offer a very comprehensive test and shot setup tool kit. Launch presentation and Q&A on day one of the show to be held at 12.30pm on the Atomos booth C9532.

Pricing and Availability
The Atomos Shogun is slated for shipping end of Q3 beginning Q4 2014 for under $2000 USD and will be available through the Atomos Worldwide reseller network.

AMD Ryzen aka Zen CPU - Broadwell-E Performance at a Lower Price Point Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:04:20 -0600 Tron 15549@/talks/discussions Potential rendering monster at an affordable price if benchmarks can meet the hype -

  1. The IPC of Zen is on-par or better than Broadwell.
  2. Zen will scale higher than 3.0 GHz in 8-core configurations.

Up to 8 cores / 16 threads (Rumored $300-$400 price vs. Broadwell-E at $1000-$1700). AMD will unify all CPUs on one socket (AM4). To be released in Qty early 2017.

Quantum dots - next big thing in monitors (aka Sony TRILUMINOS) Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:08:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10963@/talks/discussions

Idea behind this displays is to use quantum dot effect making very sharp spectrum peaks for red, green and blue. Such approach allow to improve color gamut while keeping energy efficiency.

Sony’s approach uses an uncoated LED inside a thin glass tube packed with red and green quantum dots supplied by Massachussetts company QD Vision. When the dots get blasted with electricity, they only emit light at their characteristic wavelengths, which, combined with the blue light from the LED, form a white light that’s more intense at those three points.

It is used in their TV, Monitors, tablets and phones.


HiSense introduced a 4K quantum-dot “Wide Gamut TV,” which uses QDEF film rather than the QD Vision rail. It will enter the Chinese market in March; U.S. in the summer. Maximum size is 85 inches, and there is an H.265 decoder built in.

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Tangent Ripple - 3 balls for less than 400EUR Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:45:00 -0600 Psyco 15163@/talks/discussions Just got my Tangent Ripple yesterday and haven't found any topic about it, so here we go...

In a nutshell: Its 3 trackballs, 3 dials, 2 reset buttons per dial/ball, 2 extra buttons A and B, it costs arround 370EUR and connects via USB.

The housing is made of (cheap) plastic and so it makes some noise when moving the balls, but the trackballs and dials are quite nice. I think its "ok" for the price.

I'm using it with Davinci Resolve and the setup is quite easy (less than 5min): download the Tangent hub software, install it, connect the Ripple, start Resolve, select Tangent Elements Panel (the Ripple simulates the Element TK), have fun.

The balls/dials controll the left 3 colour wheels/bars of the Colour page (I have not figured out how to controll the right most wheel/bar). The left reset buttons reset the respective colour wheel, the right buttons reset the respective colour wheels and luminance. Extra button B toggles "bypass all grades" on/off and I have no idea what the A button does.

I have not used the panel for serious grading so far, but from some quick testing I can say:

  • The panel sits very stable on its four rubber feet..

  • Its nice to be able to controll 2 or 3 colour wheels at once - much better than one by one.

  • The trackballs are nice, heavy and feel good, but I have to adjust the sensetivity (if thats possible) as small changes are a bit imprecise.

  • Its much better than using the mouse for the colour wheels... MUCH BETTER! (Thats the reason why I bought the Ripple.)

  • I wish the B button would only bypass the current node, not all nodes. I have not found any way to reassign the A and B buttons to other functions (but maybe its possible).

  • The right trackball sometimes does not move equally smooth in all directions - it seems one of the small support balls under the trackball gets stuck. Maybe this is only with my panel? (If you have a Ripple, please let me know if its the same on yours.)

Some tipps:

  • Take the trackballs out of the housing if you want to pick up the panel and carry it arround! They are not enclosed by the housing and easily fall out (they are heavy!).

  • If the panel wobbles on a flat surface, relocate the USB cable - it doesn't like to stay in its groove.

As you can see in the pictures, I'm going to use the Ripple (3 trackballs) with a Midifighter Twister (16 programmable rotary encoders) and an Icon Istage (lots of buttons) for my colour grading setup. The Ripple does work out of the box. The Twister works really nice with Controllermate and I'm nearly finished with the program to control a lot of functions in Resolve with it. The Istage might be replaced soon, as the hardware is quite nice for the low price, but the software/firmware is total crap... really, its the worst I have ever seen. I will try a Korg Nanopad2 soon, hopefully this will work better.

Xiaomi Mi Air, same as Apple but cheaper Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:20:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15427@/talks/discussions


  • 12.5" model is $525 Core M3/ 4GB RAM/ 128GB SSD/ USB 3.0 and HDMI ports + USB-C port, 11.5 hours battery
  • 13.3" model is $750, Core i5-6200U/GeForce 940MX/8GB RAM/256GB SSD, 40Wh battery, 0.6" thick, 2.8 pounds
Ambarella ARM Cortex-A9 System-on-Chip camera supporting 4K Ultra HD Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:08:31 -0700 igorek7 5787@/talks/discussions ====== Ambarella A9 4K Ultra HD Camera Development Platform ======


Feature Summary:

  • 4K Ultra HD video recording @ 30 fps.
  • High definition video recording at 720p @ 240fps and 1080p @ 120fps.
  • Burst mode support for still image capture of over 700 Megapixels per second.
  • Multi-exposure High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging support, including local tone mapping, preserves image details in high contrast scenes.
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) with rolling shutter correction.
  • 3D Motion-Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF) with de-ghosting for reduced artifacts and low light performance.
  • Support for applications including wireless preview, playback, and upload of stills and videos to a smartphone or directly to the Internet over WiFi.
  • Interfaces such as DDR3L, USB 2.0 host, HDMI, and SDXC SD card.
  • Low power – <1W for 1080p60 encode, <2W for Ultra HD 4K encode.

The A9 Camera Development Platform contains the necessary tools, software, hardware and documentation to develop a state-of-the-art network-enabled Ultra HD camera design.

Hardware Platform:

  • Main board with A9 and sensor board with C/CS mount lens
  • Sensor: Aptina, OmniVision, Samsung, Sony--many choices available Software Development Kit (SDK)
  • Royalty-free libraries for ISP, 3A, and codecs
  • Demonstration DV/DSC camera application with full source code
  • Extensive and fully documented middleware API library suite Documentation
  • Programmer's guide, application notes, API documents
  • SoC data sheet, BOM, schematics and layout files

Official announcement:

Product info PDF -


Other pages about the Ambarella A9:

Android tablet with USB 3.0 for Panasonic Image App and OTG backup Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:12:47 -0700 zcream 16398@/talks/discussions I have been researching this for 2 days now and have drawn a blank. I need a tablet to run Panasonic Image App. The tablet should have USB 3 ports to copy the SDXC card data to a 2TB ext. HDD.

I had originally decided on the Chuwi Hi8 for its 1920x1200 screen and USB Type-C connector. Turns out the Image App may not work on Android on Intel, and the Chuwi implementation of the Type C only gives USB 2.0 speeds.

Also, Android ARM tablets only have the USB 2.0 micro connector. Its really frustrating..

Can someone recommend an ARM Android tablet with USB 3.0 host functionality ?

EDIT :- Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has USB 3.0 - but its a huge tablet.

Panasonic and Sony, please, implement a 4k 10bit 4:2:0 recording mode Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:49:23 -0700 apefos 16471@/talks/discussions The GH5 footage 4k 10bit 4:2:2 is very processor intensive and needs a 8 core CPU computer to play smooth in timeline. Even a 6 core cpu computer can have some sttuter when play the files in editing timeline unless it is overclocked. The GPU cannot help because the CPU does the decoder.

So the idea is to implement a 4k 10bit 4:2:0 recording mode, because it would be less processor intensive and any quadcore computer would edit it with no sttuter when play in editing timeline. It would save lots of people with a quadcore and with a sixcore to avoid a computer upgrade. For lots of people it would be an impossible computer upgrade because a 8 core CPU + motherboard is very expensive.

A 4k 10bit 4:2:0 recording mode would be enough for a good VLOG and SLOG grading, because the 10bit would avoid banding. The 4:2:2 recording mode would be an option for people who needs chromakey and other compositing chroma intensive tasks.

The 4:2:0 video have 25% less pixels information compared to 4:2:2 video, only less color pixels, same luma resolution, and this would make the 4k 10bit footage less processor intensive to play smooth in editing timeline when using quadcore computers.

Bluray 4k is 10bit 4:2:0, and if 4:2:2 is needed, a render to 4:2:2 can be made without significant difference, the important thing is the 10bit.

So please Panasonic implement a 4k 10bit 4:2:0 recording mode in a firmware update for the GH5 and future cameras. This would be a simple firmware update.

Also Sony could implement this in future 4k cameras.

Read about the CPU tests here with detailed explanations and reports: