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  1. #1

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    Nov 07, 2009
    Cluster computing for video / 3d feasibility.
    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?

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Feb 25, 2009
    Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
    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, 16Gig ram; 2013 Mac Pro 6 core w/ D700, 16Gig Ram; 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 Linux; Apple TV (1080p version)

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