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Render Farm Problems 7 years, 5 months ago #21589

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Hey guys and gals, let me preface the question with this information: I am running a new MacPro 8 core 2.26ghz, 6gb of 1066mhz EEC RAM(although one of my modules is down so I actually have 5gb) Final Cut studio 3 (latest update 7.0.2) and Snow Leopard 10.6.3 booted up in 64bit mode.

I have tried many times to run the render farm feature in Final Cut Studio but always seem to get the same out comes. I go to system preferences and select services only and pick 8 out of the 16 instances and make sure that I have only the shared feature checked next to the Distributed processing for Compressor, click OK an start sharing and I see the cores available in the qmaster status in the upper right of my screen. But when ever I open a Final Cut sequence and send it to compressor, apply the proper codec and then submit the file I check the include unmanaged services but only 1 of the 8 available cores actually gets captured and then I get an error message on some of the processes in Batch Monitor. The errors say cannot connect to local host and it wont cancel even though I click the x next to the batch. And when I select Quick Cluster with services I see the Quick Cluster and the cores in the Qmaster Status window but when I submit from Final Cut and pick the cluster from the pop up window, the Cluster is active and still only one core is captured.

Has anyone ever encountered this before and if so, or know how to remedy this problem I would greatly appreciate it.

thanks,
Rich

Re: Render Farm Problems 7 years, 2 months ago #21706

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Hello Rich. I am very late to the party here and don't have an answer to your entire question, but I just want to be clear that not all compressions can take advantage of multiple cores. Assuming everything is set up correctly, though, I know an export to any of the Apple Devices presets (H.264 for Apple TV, for instance) will take advantage of multiple cores. Try that one and see what happens.

By the way, as you have no doubt noted, Quickcluster is still a 32-bit app, so when you make adjustments in System Preferences it has to relaunch in 32-bit mode. Hopefully we will see a new 64-bit version of Final Cut Studio within the year.
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