I've been waiting for some type of test on the Afterburner card. The render files in FCPX are in ProRes so I was hoping that the Afterburner card might enable near instantaneous background rendering. I was hoping it might even continue rendering when timeline skimming and other processes are taking place. I might buy one if it did.
As far as I can tell, FCPX renders timeline video into prores for easier playback. You can choose the version of prores and you can choose the length of time before background rendering begins. All background rendering is paused when any timeline skimming or playback is started. If the Afterburner either speeds up background rendering or allows background rendering while editing without pausing,
then it could help quite a bit with editing since background rendering is usually the only task that seems to cause a slowdown in my workflow.
Well, the other slowdown occurs when events or large files are loaded, but I am hoping that an increase in RAM will fix that.
Thank you for that rundown. I've never had a problem playing back prores or rendered footage, so it is hard for me to see how the Afterburner would help in that. ....
Does the Afterburner make it so that background tasks in FCPX do not pause when timeline and event skimming are occurring?
I have tested the Afterburner Card to investigate if it can speed-up 'normal' ProRes exports. To my regret, most of the times it does not. To the contrary, I found that it may even slow down export (on a 16 Core machine). I have not tested RAW footage.
See the results on YT:
Lots of good info about the afterburner in my review. My single afterburner can decode 4 streams of 8K ProRes RAW on the fly with the CPU having to do no work. If I had two Vega 2’s it could do 6 streams.
A 28 core CPU ($7000 upgrade from Apple) could only do 2-3 streams.
Afterburner Review - is it Worth $2000 for Video Editing?
The question is, does it have any acceleration effect on exporting to finished master file? An English vocabulary can be challenging at times..what is so hard to understand about that?
the afterburner card speeds up the playback of prores footage
and does neither decoding from other codecs nor encoding to another codec.
that means, if you work with H264 footage and the end product of the playout
is H264 again, the afterburner does nothing.
except when the H264 footage is automatically converted to prores,
the afterburner speeds up playback during editing.
if the final product of the cut is H264 again, the afterburner pauses.
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Does the afterburner card help with 4:2:2 Canon R5 footage? (h.265)
The longer time goes on, the more it bugs me that the afterburner never received any upgrades-
if they truly wanted to let us Pro users keep and upgrade the 2019 mac pro for a while longer, they should make use of the flexibility to swap in a new afterburner card
with updated video engines, like the m1 ultra has. But I'm afraid it's never gonna happen.