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Cluster computing for video / 3d feasibility.

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I'm not sure this is the best forum for me but here goes.

I'm toying with the idea of setting up a computing cluster of mac minis.

Ideally something which lets me expand easily just by plugging in new mac minis every month or so.

I plan on running it as a service to the community of videographers and 3d artists.

I know final cut supports cluster computing and I have the following questions.

1. Does anyone have a complete listing software and programs which would benefit from cluster computing?

2. Would I need individual licenses for each of my machines? Or is there a "renderer only" version which I can simply install?
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I can't answer #1, because honestly, I have no clue.

#2 is no, as long as you're just using them for transcoding, which is taken care of through QMaster. Take a look at this thread at Apple: Apple - Support - Discussions - Qmaster ... - there are instructions on how to setup slave rendering stations. If you plan to install other apps of FCS, then you will need additional licenses.

My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)
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