Archive for July, 2010
and I love it!
It is no secret that Lifetime is the ruling channel of daytime television in our house. My fiancee works from home as well, so this is what she likes to have playing in the background as she modifies websites. It is not at all uncommon for 6 hours of Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives to follow me around the house each weekday. The main thing that attracted me to this promo was the music. I heard it coming out of the shower one day and though it was a promo for The Godfather. Also, I think the sound design is great. It is not extremely dense but the sound effect choices are superb. Each one is appropriate but stylized, and the more I pick up on them the more impressed I am. The editing speaks for itself. View away.
Well it seemed as I reached the end of the tests I did for High Noon Compression Tests I had not tortured myself enough. There were still some potential scenarios that I thought I could quickly check off the list and give myself some peace of mind. If you read the results from those tests, peace of mind is probably far out of reach.
Throughout the tests I was viewing the activity monitor and at no point was I ever near using all of the 3 GB of RAM, so I wanted to see if I could run multiple compressions and speed this game up at all in the event of a fire drill with files needed, Stat. So I ran both Compressor and MPEG StreamClip at the same time to see if they would spit seeds faster.Round 6: 60 sec 1920 x 1080 ProRes 422 (HQ)
CompressorÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 48 min 03 secÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 10.4 MB
MPEG StreamClipÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 47 min 44 secÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 20.4 MB
So basically, this was another fail. Going back to the ~20 min result that both programs had individually, this method only slowed the process down even more. I could have used either one and run 2 More >
The title comes from the fact that I am running these tests in a machine that is more suited for cattle rustling than speedy file creation. After a frustrating day of making example files for a client, I realized I could not give the same estimates that I was used to in regards to when compressions would be ready. In an attempt to get to know my new full time workstation, I needed to put it through the paces to figure out what it can be depended on to do. Also I have primarily used Soreson Squeeze and Autodesk Cleaner XL to make all my files so this was a chance to familiarize myself a little more with Apple Compressor and MPEG StreamClip, a program I had never used before but heard amazing things about. After that initial horrendous day of crunching frames, I was moaning on twitter about my experiences and Justin Lee (@justinLanier on Twitter) recommended making a virtual cluster through Qmaster to utilize more of the RAM. I found this article http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/compressor_multi_cores_stitzer.html
, in addition to many more, so decided to throw this new wrinkle into the mix as well. Overall, I am glad I did the whole More >