Monday, April 12th 2010

NVIDIA Quadro Unleashes High Resolution Real-Time Video Editing in Adobe CS5

NVIDIA today announced that a range of NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions are certified by Adobe for Adobe Creative Suite 5 software, and truly unleash the real-time video editing and effects processing capabilities of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.

This breakthrough version of Adobe Premiere Pro leverages the parallel processing architecture of NVIDIA GPUs and their hundreds of cores to allow film and video professionals to work unconstrained. Users can now create compelling, multi-layer projects with a virtually limitless number of HD or higher resolution video clips, then apply sophisticated visual effects and color correction, while still being able to view the output instantly.

By utilizing NVIDIA Quadro solutions, productivity is enhanced many times over by eliminating the wait for preview renders any time a change is made, and by being able to view projects at full resolution without skipping frames.

“Adobe CS5 with Quadro graphics is a godsend for production pros,” said Matt Silverman, creative director/partner at San Francisco-based Bonfire and Phoenix Editorial. “When you add NVIDIA GPU acceleration to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, the performance gains and time savings are enormous. There’s simply no comparison between using CPU acceleration versus GPU acceleration. I can stack more layers and effects without affecting real-time playback, meaning I can be that much more creative in less time.”

A cost-effective NVIDIA Quadro-based workstation with Adobe video software now enables film and video professionals to achieve the performance and creative freedom previously reserved for dedicated edit suite systems costing upwards of $100,000.

“With Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, we are redefining the non-linear editing workflow with industry-leading performance acceleration that will deliver big productivity gains for our users,” said Simon Hayhurst, senior director, product management for Digital Video and Audio Group at Adobe. “Performance and fidelity gains coupled with support for a range of NVIDIA cards deliver new capabilities for all professional workflows, enabling users as diverse as post-production studios, corporate videographers, film production, newsrooms – even video hobbyists – to tell their stories easily, with higher impact.”

“If time is money, Adobe Creative Suite users just hit the lottery,” said Andrew Cresci, NVIDIA general manager, vertical market solutions. “Breakthroughs of this nature are rare. With Adobe software running on NVIDIA GPUs, productivity increases, creativity is unconstrained, and creative professionals win.”

Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium, which includes Adobe Photoshop Extended, Adobe After Effects and more, and Adobe Premiere Pro with the new Adobe Mercury Playback Engine that taps into the parallel processing capabilities of NVIDIA GPUs, is fully supported by a range of NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions. Products certified by Adobe for professional use include the Quadro FX 5800, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX 4800 for Mac, Quadro FX 3800 and Quadro CX.

For information about NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions recommendations on optimized workstations designed for Adobe Creative Suite 5, visit this page.
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36 Comments on NVIDIA Quadro Unleashes High Resolution Real-Time Video Editing in Adobe CS5

#1
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
by: kora04
but the final question stands.
can it run crysis?
:shadedshu
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#2
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
LOL ... you had to see that coming FS. :D No high-end graphic card discussion is complete without that never ending question.

In my experience the Quadro cards are quite powerful and very accurate from a CAD standpoint, but almost every card I've had on my work network has failed and had to be replaced. Not saying it's nvidia's fault as they are not the ones making the cards, but I when they fail left and right you get a rather bad impression.
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buggalugs
Could this thing play my Youtubes?
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gumpty
by: PHaS3
Anyone know why AMD/ATi cards haven't recieved the same treatment with CS5?
Apparently OpenCL was used for CS4 but was 'less than satisfactory'. It kind of makes sense, look at how much better Cuda is for F@H.

by: kora04
but the final question stands.
can it run crysis?
Erm ... as far as I can tell, this press release is not promoting any new Quadro hardware - their current gear has been around for a couple of years now - but is actually promoting Adobe's launch of CS5. This is relevant to Nvidia because CS5 now uses Cuda to do real-time rendering.

So I guess the answer would be no, it can't run Crysis - but it could render the hell out of any Crysis screen-shots that you might want to photoshoop.


Oh, and I imagine Nvidia will eventually release new Quadro gear based on Fermi, but look how long it took AMD to release it's 5000-series-based Firepro card (it launched just the other day, good timing hey), so I'd give it 6 months at least before you see Fermi-based Quadro.
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EarlZ
by: PHaS3
Anyone know why AMD/ATi cards haven't recieved the same treatment with CS5?
Probably nvidia "works closer" with Adobe ?

This is actually a good thing for some since we dont need to "behcmark and compare" pro level graphics cards, makes purchasing a single choice deal, cant wait for these babies to be at the office PC!
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gumpty
by: EarlZ
Probably nvidia "works closer" with Adobe ?
From the article I quoted earlier, it seems that it not a TWIMTBP situation:
The reason for this decision wasn't a move akin to "The Way It's Meant To Be Played" affairs such as Batmangate or Assassin's Creed, but something more simpler: Adobe needed a stable software toolkit to work on it and according to Dennis: "The 64-bit native code has been announced and now we bring in NVIDIA CUDA technology to be the icing on the cake and a powerful new engine to squeeze out performance in Premiere Pro. Before I wax philosophic on GPU, let me officially tip my hat to the incredible engineers at Adobe and their work here for the Mercury Playback Engine."

If you are wondering what is the real deal with GPGPU API's, there is a telling tale of why Adobe opted to base its Mercury Engine on nVidia's CUDA language. While AMD will tell you that they're all for open standards and push OpenCL, the sad truth is that the company representatives will remain shut when you ask them about the real status of their OpenCL API - especially if you quote them a lead developer from a AAA software company with 10x more employees than AMD themselves that goes something like this: "I struggled to even get ATI's beta drivers installed and working, it was just problem after problem. Maybe once ATI gets their drivers out of beta and actually allow you to install them then I will have some performance numbers. I mean at this point AMD is so far behind in development tools they are not even worth pursuing right now."

Before you venture into rants, commercial aspect of GPU technology is a serious business. It took Intel better part of the last decade of 20th Century to get into the High Performance Computing business, and that market matured from being reliant on renting time on Supercomputers to having a multi-TFLOPS machine on desktops. Thus, it isn't surprising to see Adobe going to CUDA first. The plan is probably equal to all plans that we heard so far: go to CUDA in order to completely unlock the GPU potential and only then port to OpenCL, as Apple's and AMD's OpenCL toolkits mature, sometime in 2011.
I just hope that the next versions Photoshop and Premiere Elements are based off CS5, so they'd get Cuda acceleration as well.
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#8
Mussels
Moderprator
to be honest i can say that part about ATI is BS, to get openCL working takes 2 minutes and two exe's
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#9
eidairaman1
by: gumpty
Apparently OpenCL was used for CS4 but was 'less than satisfactory'. It kind of makes sense, look at how much better Cuda is for F@H.



Erm ... as far as I can tell, this press release is not promoting any new Quadro hardware - their current gear has been around for a couple of years now - but is actually promoting Adobe's launch of CS5. This is relevant to Nvidia because CS5 now uses Cuda to do real-time rendering.

So I guess the answer would be no, it can't run Crysis - but it could render the hell out of any Crysis screen-shots that you might want to photoshoop.


Oh, and I imagine Nvidia will eventually release new Quadro gear based on Fermi, but look how long it took AMD to release it's 5000-series-based Firepro card (it launched just the other day, good timing hey), so I'd give it 6 months at least before you see Fermi-based Quadro.
Open CL hasnt been around as long as CUDA. Give it some time and OpenCL may become the standard.
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gumpty
by: eidairaman1
Open CL hasnt been around as long as CUDA. Give it some time and OpenCL may become the standard.
Yeah, I don't doubt that CS6 or CS7 will have OpenCL support eventually. It seems that Adobe wanted GPU acceleration that works well now, so went with Nvidia. In the long run though OpenCL will make more sense for Adobe.
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#11
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Just to be clear CS5 uses CUDA for Premier. NOT Photoshop. CS5 Photoshop uses OpenGL 2.0 still. However I cant help but think of "under the hood" optimizations were made for Nvidia hardware. It makes me sad to think my beloved Adobe is playing favorites in the hardware ring.

However at the same time I understand given how popular the Quadro is. It just makes sense.

Anyone want to buy a 5850? I was just put into the market for a 480.
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