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  • 10/26/17--14:00: DI / Color room lighting
  • DI / Color room lighting
    posted by Ryan Lynch on Oct. 26, 2017, 5 p.m.
    What are folks using for overhead lighting in DI / color bays? Building two new rooms and I need some input for the room lighting. Architect wants pendant lights. Colorist is strongly against that idea.

    I'd prefer something which is focused on a specific area and doesn't splash onto the screen. Thinking recessed but is there a specific bulb / color temperature to go with? My understanding is that LEDs cannot dim past 30%.

    Thanks for the input

    Ryan


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    What are folks using for overhead lighting in DI / color bays? Building two new rooms and I need some input for the room lighting. Architect wants pendant lights. Colorist is strongly against that idea.

    I'd prefer something which is focused on a specific area and doesn't splash onto the screen. Thinking recessed but is there a specific bulb / color temperature to go with? My understanding is that LEDs cannot dim past 30%.

    Thanks for the input

    Ryan



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  • 10/27/17--03:11: Dell UP3216Q & UP2716D
  • Dell UP3216Q & UP2716D
    posted by Mathew Sunil on Oct. 27, 2017, 6:11 a.m.

    We are planning to get colour calibratable screens for our studio. We were using HP dreamcolour monitors. Want to know about Dell Ultra sharp UP3216Q & UP2716D as an alternative for HP monitors. Does anybody using Dell Ultrasharp monitors in your studios and want to know how are they comapre to HP dreamcolour and Eizo montors.

    mathew

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      display 

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    We are planning to get colour calibratable screens for our studio. We were using HP dreamcolour monitors. Want to know about Dell Ultra sharp UP3216Q & UP2716D as an alternative for HP monitors. Does anybody using Dell Ultrasharp monitors in your studios and want to know how are they comapre to HP dreamcolour and Eizo montors.

    mathew


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    After Effects 14.2.1 Render Fails with OCIO
    posted by Tom S. on Oct. 27, 2017, 3:01 p.m.

    We are having an issue with rendering Windows After Effects using AE version 14.2.1 with OCIO.

    We updated our render farm from 14.1 to 14.2.1. Now comps won't render in render mode.

    The comps can be opened and rendered locally on Windows workstations running AE 14.2.1.

    But if we submit to the render farm, the job fails. We are currently using Deadline 8. Here's the Deadline log entries when it fails.

    2017-10-27 10:00:28: 0: STDOUT: has video RAM(MB): 0 2017-10-27 10:00:31: 0: INFO: Checking for file "C:\Users\rendernode\Documents\ae_render_only_node.txt" 2017-10-27 10:00:31: 0: INFO: Attempting to delete "C:\Users\rendernode\Documents\ae_render_only_node.txt" to allow After Effects to run in the workstation enviroment

    2017-10-27 10:00:31: 0: STDOUT: aerender ERROR An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host.

    2017-10-27 10:00:31: 0: STDOUT: : Unable to receive at line 314

    If we try to run the render command 

    "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2017\Support Files\aerender.exe" -project "Q:\XXX\XXX104\Scripts\XXX104_043_030\Comp\FinalComp\AfterEffects\XXX104_043_030_v001-JWS.aep" -comp "XXX104_043_030_comp_v001" -s 1002 -e 1002 -sound OFF -close DO_NOT_SAVE_CHANGES

    We get the following error

    aerender version 14.2.1x34 Using DXGI: Device: "Microsoft Basic Render Driver" has dedicated video RAM (MB): 0 has video RAM(MB): 16

    LoadLibrary "n" failed!

    LoadLibrary "n" failed!

    aerender ERROR An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host. 

    Unable to receive at line 314

     

    Where is the file that contains "line 314" ?

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thread Tags:
      aftereffects ocio 

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    We are having an issue with rendering Windows After Effects using AE version 14.2.1 with OCIO.

    We updated our render farm from 14.1 to 14.2.1. Now comps won't render in render mode.

    The comps can be opened and rendered locally on Windows workstations running AE 14.2.1.

    But if we submit to the render farm, the job fails. We are currently using Deadline 8. Here's the Deadline log entries when it fails.

    2017-10-27 10:00:28: 0: STDOUT: has video RAM(MB): 0 2017-10-27 10:00:31: 0: INFO: Checking for file "C:\Users\rendernode\Documents\ae_render_only_node.txt" 2017-10-27 10:00:31: 0: INFO: Attempting to delete "C:\Users\rendernode\Documents\ae_render_only_node.txt" to allow After Effects to run in the workstation enviroment

    2017-10-27 10:00:31: 0: STDOUT: aerender ERROR An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host.

    2017-10-27 10:00:31: 0: STDOUT: : Unable to receive at line 314

    If we try to run the render command 

    "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2017\Support Files\aerender.exe" -project "Q:\XXX\XXX104\Scripts\XXX104_043_030\Comp\FinalComp\AfterEffects\XXX104_043_030_v001-JWS.aep" -comp "XXX104_043_030_comp_v001" -s 1002 -e 1002 -sound OFF -close DO_NOT_SAVE_CHANGES

    We get the following error

    aerender version 14.2.1x34 Using DXGI: Device: "Microsoft Basic Render Driver" has dedicated video RAM (MB): 0 has video RAM(MB): 16

    LoadLibrary "n" failed!

    LoadLibrary "n" failed!

    aerender ERROR An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host. 

    Unable to receive at line 314

     

    Where is the file that contains "line 314" ?

    Anyone have any ideas?


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  • 10/29/17--06:15: fabric engine?
  • fabric engine?
    posted by Ben De Luca on Oct. 29, 2017, 9:15 a.m. (1 day ago)
    It went away anyone have the low down? who bought them?

    Thank you for your interest in Fabric Engine. Please note that we are no longer developing our software platform and tools.
    Thread Tags:
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    It went away anyone have the low down? who bought them?

    Thank you for your interest in Fabric Engine. Please note that we are no longer developing our software platform and tools.

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  • 11/03/17--12:15: Juniper ScreenOS help
  • Juniper ScreenOS help
    posted by Brian Krusic on Nov. 3, 2017, 3:15 p.m. (3 days ago)
    Hi,

    If any one is hip on the ScreenOS as it pertains to an SSG550, would you mind hitting me off list?

    Im in a sort of pickle.

    - Brian

    Every day is a gift
    Thats why they call it the present"

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    Hi,

    If any one is hip on the ScreenOS as it pertains to an SSG550, would you mind hitting me off list?

    Im in a sort of pickle.

    - Brian

    Every day is a gift
    Thats why they call it the present"


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    Open source code to control BlackMagic routers
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on Nov. 3, 2017, 5 p.m. (3 days ago)
    Found this useful project on GitHub, a command line utility to control BlackMagic routers: https://github.com/gfto/videohubctrl JF To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    Found this useful project on GitHub, a command line utility to control BlackMagic routers: https://github.com/gfto/videohubctrl JF To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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    High performance shared storage for Mac based studio
    posted by Dan Young on Nov. 6, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
    Please read the rules of his community before you think a post like this is appropriate, again.

    On Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 8:19 AM MontyMarcroft <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Hi The market leader in Scale out NAS is Dell EMC Isilon, we have many customer running Media workflows from SD to Uncompressed UHD streams.

    MAC users tend to use SMB as their preffered protocol stack, with some of the following tweaks for performance (SMB signing).

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205926

    details on Isilon on Media workflows

    https://www.emc.com/collateral/software/solution-overview/h10585-isilon-media-and-entertainment-so.pdf

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    Please read the rules of his community before you think a post like this is appropriate, again.

    On Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 8:19 AM MontyMarcroft <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Hi The market leader in Scale out NAS is Dell EMC Isilon, we have many customer running Media workflows from SD to Uncompressed UHD streams.

    MAC users tend to use SMB as their preffered protocol stack, with some of the following tweaks for performance (SMB signing).

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205926

    details on Isilon on Media workflows

    https://www.emc.com/collateral/software/solution-overview/h10585-isilon-media-and-entertainment-so.pdf

    To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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    High performance shared storage for Mac based studio
    posted by Mathieu Mauser on Nov. 6, 2017, 7:10 p.m.
    Borja,

    Ive worked with one 2D animation studio running macOS and Toon Boom Harmony and can share some of my experience with them.

    (I have more experience with fibre channel storage / Xsan / StorNext for VFX and video workflows but this is my experience with 2D animation studio)

    For one 2D animation studio I encountered they used lots of QNAP storage. One for every project and some for other data. This was explained to me as affordable for them, decent enough bandwidth and storage. In reality it was hard to manage all those QNAPs easily, and the bandwidth was bad enough that everyone worked locally. Not ideal maybe but it worked for them. Sort of.

    When I had a chance to rebuild their storage I chose DDP iSCSi SAN. Which was more expensive but centralized their storage and management of the storage. iSCSI SAN was fast and had 1G and 10G options. It worked, and was easy to backup to tape. But did I mention it was expensive? 

    The QNAP had nice features for remote rsync replication, backup/archive to the cloud (glacier/s3, etc) and built-in apps. But managing many of them was tricky in the way that they were set up.

    There are many options in the NAS / iSCSI SAN storage space (such as Synology) so find one you want to work with and it might just bridge the gap between performance and price.

    Cheers,

    Mat X


    On Oct 14, 2017, at 3:09 AM, Borja Huertas <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Hi Guys, just joined the forum; I'm very excited about learning and sharing knowledge with the community.

    I'm looking for some advice in high performance shared storage.

    I just joined a new studio that is a Mac only house and all my previous experience was in Windows or Linux based studios. We are looking to buy a new Storage server, maybe a software defined storage solution.

    Since AFP is pretty much dead now, and the SMB stack is far from ideal in OSX; I'm wondering what people are using out there.

    What about filesystems, any advice on good ZFS or GPFS implementations? Any advice is welcome.

     

    Cheers

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    Borja,

    Ive worked with one 2D animation studio running macOS and Toon Boom Harmony and can share some of my experience with them.

    (I have more experience with fibre channel storage / Xsan / StorNext for VFX and video workflows but this is my experience with 2D animation studio)

    For one 2D animation studio I encountered they used lots of QNAP storage. One for every project and some for other data. This was explained to me as affordable for them, decent enough bandwidth and storage. In reality it was hard to manage all those QNAPs easily, and the bandwidth was bad enough that everyone worked locally. Not ideal maybe but it worked for them. Sort of.

    When I had a chance to rebuild their storage I chose DDP iSCSi SAN. Which was more expensive but centralized their storage and management of the storage. iSCSI SAN was fast and had 1G and 10G options. It worked, and was easy to backup to tape. But did I mention it was expensive? 

    The QNAP had nice features for remote rsync replication, backup/archive to the cloud (glacier/s3, etc) and built-in apps. But managing many of them was tricky in the way that they were set up.

    There are many options in the NAS / iSCSI SAN storage space (such as Synology) so find one you want to work with and it might just bridge the gap between performance and price.

    Cheers,

    Mat X


    On Oct 14, 2017, at 3:09 AM, Borja Huertas <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Hi Guys, just joined the forum; I'm very excited about learning and sharing knowledge with the community.

    I'm looking for some advice in high performance shared storage.

    I just joined a new studio that is a Mac only house and all my previous experience was in Windows or Linux based studios. We are looking to buy a new Storage server, maybe a software defined storage solution.

    Since AFP is pretty much dead now, and the SMB stack is far from ideal in OSX; I'm wondering what people are using out there.

    What about filesystems, any advice on good ZFS or GPFS implementations? Any advice is welcome.

     

    Cheers

    To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe


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  • 11/07/17--05:00: unsubscribe, pls
  • unsubscribe, pls
    posted by  on Nov. 7, 2017, 8 a.m.

     

     

     

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    Electronic Recycling Association |

    (Direct) 416 477-0821| (toll free)1-877-939-2783

     

     

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    Regards,

     

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    Thunderbolt Card for a Linux box.. Is that even an option
    posted by Tommy Asbee on Nov. 14, 2017, 7:55 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Hey All!

    Sorry if this is a dumb question....

    Is it possible to get a Thunderbolt Card to work on a linux workstation?

    Thanks,
    -tommy

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    Hey All!

    Sorry if this is a dumb question....

    Is it possible to get a Thunderbolt Card to work on a linux workstation?

    Thanks,
    -tommy


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    Thunderbolt Card for a Linux box.. Is that even an option
    posted by Greg Dickie on Nov. 14, 2017, 8:05 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Hey Tommy,

    We did some research on that. Looks like you can get TB3 on select motherboards (and Intel NUCs) but that's it. Furthermore we tried the ASUS X99 and the Intel NUC6I7 and it's not exactly working smoothly. Never succeeded with TB2. Not sure if I'm just stupid or it's really only working on MACs.

    Greg

    On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 7:52 PM, Tommy Asbee <tommy@a52.com> wrote:
    Hey All!

    Sorry if this is a dumb question....

    Is it possible to get a Thunderbolt Card to work on a linux workstation?

    Thanks,
    -tommy


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    just a guy
    514-983-5400
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    Hey Tommy,

    We did some research on that. Looks like you can get TB3 on select motherboards (and Intel NUCs) but that's it. Furthermore we tried the ASUS X99 and the Intel NUC6I7 and it's not exactly working smoothly. Never succeeded with TB2. Not sure if I'm just stupid or it's really only working on MACs.

    Greg

    On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 7:52 PM, Tommy Asbee <tommy@a52.com> wrote:
    Hey All!

    Sorry if this is a dumb question....

    Is it possible to get a Thunderbolt Card to work on a linux workstation?

    Thanks,
    -tommy


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  • 11/15/17--05:20: Small Studio Storage Advice
  • Small Studio Storage Advice
    posted by Martin Aufinger on Nov. 15, 2017, 8:20 a.m. (1 day ago)

    Hi,

     

    Appologies for my beginner question but maybe someone is nice enough to have a look at my setup considerations and share some advice.

    I am trying to equip a small studio with network storage. Main use is for visual effects work (Houdini, Nuke).

    1-5 artists working on it

    10-20 renderboxes accessing it (rendering and houdini simulations)

     

    Currently it is more like 1-2 artists and 5 renderboxes but I want to leave a little headroom.

     

    I am considering purchasing the following:

    - Qnap Turbo Station TS-1685-D1521-32G (Xeon D-1521 2.4GHz QC, 32GB non-ECC RAM, built-in 2 10GBASE-T) ~3000€

    - Samsung SSD 850 PRO 2TB, SATA (starting with 5 disks for now but with the plan to expand when needed) - ~900€ each

    - a 10gbe switch (tbd) that supports link aggregation

     

    Some questions:

    1) I realzie that the SSDs are consumer SSDs but at least they are MLC and not TLC. Would you still consider this a big problem?

    2) I am currently opting to the slightly cheaper 4 core NAS over the 6 core option and also starting with 32gb which I could upgrade if needed.

    3) In order to use link aggregation on the Qnap NAS but also on my backup NAS,  I need a switch (managed?) that supports link aggregation. But do I also need a router that supports link aggregation?

    4)  Any thoughts in general to my setup.

     

    Any help highly appreciated.

     

    Thanks

    Martin

     

     

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      storage 

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    Hi,

     

    Appologies for my beginner question but maybe someone is nice enough to have a look at my setup considerations and share some advice.

    I am trying to equip a small studio with network storage. Main use is for visual effects work (Houdini, Nuke).

    1-5 artists working on it

    10-20 renderboxes accessing it (rendering and houdini simulations)

     

    Currently it is more like 1-2 artists and 5 renderboxes but I want to leave a little headroom.

     

    I am considering purchasing the following:

    - Qnap Turbo Station TS-1685-D1521-32G (Xeon D-1521 2.4GHz QC, 32GB non-ECC RAM, built-in 2 10GBASE-T) ~3000€

    - Samsung SSD 850 PRO 2TB, SATA (starting with 5 disks for now but with the plan to expand when needed) - ~900€ each

    - a 10gbe switch (tbd) that supports link aggregation

     

    Some questions:

    1) I realzie that the SSDs are consumer SSDs but at least they are MLC and not TLC. Would you still consider this a big problem?

    2) I am currently opting to the slightly cheaper 4 core NAS over the 6 core option and also starting with 32gb which I could upgrade if needed.

    3) In order to use link aggregation on the Qnap NAS but also on my backup NAS,  I need a switch (managed?) that supports link aggregation. But do I also need a router that supports link aggregation?

    4)  Any thoughts in general to my setup.

     

    Any help highly appreciated.

     

    Thanks

    Martin

     

     


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  • 11/17/17--14:30: Azure Credits
  • Azure Credits
    posted by Sam Edney on Nov. 17, 2017, 5:30 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Does anyone know if there is a market for Azure credits?

    Talking with someone who has an option to purchase approx $200,000 worth and we are discussing a possible deal - wondering what a suitable price might be over going direct.

    Thanks!

    Sam

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    Does anyone know if there is a market for Azure credits?

    Talking with someone who has an option to purchase approx $200,000 worth and we are discussing a possible deal - wondering what a suitable price might be over going direct.

    Thanks!

    Sam


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    Oculus Rift CV1 on Linux for 4K 60FPS playback with Head Tracking
    posted by Cam Wright on Nov. 19, 2017, 7:34 p.m.

    Hi,

    I'm investigating using an Oculus Rift CV1 for headset reviews of 4K media on Ubuntu 16.04 using RV and Nuke.

    It seems the documentation for Nuke / CaraVR is very useful and getting that working out of the box was pretty painless... Nuke's framerate playback when Monitor Out is enabled with the Rift connected is not ideal though - 15FPS from the viewer (30FPS out of Nuke Studio using the timeline) - we need 60FPS though as that's what we're delivering media to the client in. Can't "Monitor Out" of a flipbook either. 

    RV was basically a no-go either, as that seems to want separate GL distortion shaders- and even then the head tracking doesn't work so it's basically a worse broadcast monitor. It did seem to play back at the correct framerate though... mplayer essentially did the same thing, once Nuke had been triggered to make the display available for configuration via xinerama.

    Has anyone else had any luck (or experience at all, successful or not) with any applications (above mentioned or otherwise) on Linux for 60FPS playback of 4K media through the Rift, complete with head tracking?

    At the moment we're testint primarily with the Rift connected directly to the GPU (GTX {9,10}80, it matters not), but haven't had any luck running it through a dedicated output playback device either (BlackMagic Decklink Mini Monitor 4K) as it seems that applications and HMD drivers don't even recognise it as a video device, so won't display any video.

    -C

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      display linux nuke oculus rift 

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    Hi,

    I'm investigating using an Oculus Rift CV1 for headset reviews of 4K media on Ubuntu 16.04 using RV and Nuke.

    It seems the documentation for Nuke / CaraVR is very useful and getting that working out of the box was pretty painless... Nuke's framerate playback when Monitor Out is enabled with the Rift connected is not ideal though - 15FPS from the viewer (30FPS out of Nuke Studio using the timeline) - we need 60FPS though as that's what we're delivering media to the client in. Can't "Monitor Out" of a flipbook either. 

    RV was basically a no-go either, as that seems to want separate GL distortion shaders- and even then the head tracking doesn't work so it's basically a worse broadcast monitor. It did seem to play back at the correct framerate though... mplayer essentially did the same thing, once Nuke had been triggered to make the display available for configuration via xinerama.

    Has anyone else had any luck (or experience at all, successful or not) with any applications (above mentioned or otherwise) on Linux for 60FPS playback of 4K media through the Rift, complete with head tracking?

    At the moment we're testint primarily with the Rift connected directly to the GPU (GTX {9,10}80, it matters not), but haven't had any luck running it through a dedicated output playback device either (BlackMagic Decklink Mini Monitor 4K) as it seems that applications and HMD drivers don't even recognise it as a video device, so won't display any video.

    -C


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    Oculus Rift CV1 on Linux for 4K 60FPS playback with Head Tracking
    posted by Todd Smith on Nov. 20, 2017, 7:40 a.m.
    On what medium is the source material being played from? 
    Technical specifications of the underlying storage?
    Machine specifications?
    Load on CPU/GPU/RAM/Storage during playback?

    Todd Smith
    Head of Information Technology

    soho vfx 
    40 Hanna Ave. Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario M6K 0C3


    From: "Cam Wright" <content@studiosysadmins.com>
    To: "studiosysadmins-discuss" <studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com>
    Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2017 7:34:55 PM
    Subject: [SSA-Discuss] Oculus Rift CV1 on Linux for 4K 60FPS playback with        Head Tracking

    Hi,

    I'm investigating using an Oculus Rift CV1 for headset reviews of 4K media on Ubuntu 16.04 using RV and Nuke.

    It seems the documentation for Nuke / CaraVR is very useful and getting that working out of the box was pretty painless... Nuke's framerate playback when Monitor Out is enabled with the Rift connected is not ideal though - 15FPS from the viewer (30FPS out of Nuke Studio using the timeline) - we need 60FPS though as that's what we're delivering media to the client in. Can't "Monitor Out" of a flipbook either. 

    RV was basically a no-go either, as that seems to want separate GL distortion shaders- and even then the head tracking doesn't work so it's basically a worse broadcast monitor. It did seem to play back at the correct framerate though... mplayer essentially did the same thing, once Nuke had been triggered to make the display available for configuration via xinerama.

    Has anyone else had any luck (or experience at all, successful or not) with any applications (above mentioned or otherwise) on Linux for 60FPS playback of 4K media through the Rift, complete with head tracking?

    At the moment we're testint primarily with the Rift connected directly to the GPU (GTX {9,10}80, it matters not), but haven't had any luck running it through a dedicated output playback device either (BlackMagic Decklink Mini Monitor 4K) as it seems that applications and HMD drivers don't even recognise it as a video device, so won't display any video.

    -C


    To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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    On what medium is the source material being played from? 
    Technical specifications of the underlying storage?
    Machine specifications?
    Load on CPU/GPU/RAM/Storage during playback?

    Todd Smith
    Head of Information Technology

    soho vfx 
    40 Hanna Ave. Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario M6K 0C3


    From: "Cam Wright" <content@studiosysadmins.com>
    To: "studiosysadmins-discuss" <studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com>
    Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2017 7:34:55 PM
    Subject: [SSA-Discuss] Oculus Rift CV1 on Linux for 4K 60FPS playback with        Head Tracking

    Hi,

    I'm investigating using an Oculus Rift CV1 for headset reviews of 4K media on Ubuntu 16.04 using RV and Nuke.

    It seems the documentation for Nuke / CaraVR is very useful and getting that working out of the box was pretty painless... Nuke's framerate playback when Monitor Out is enabled with the Rift connected is not ideal though - 15FPS from the viewer (30FPS out of Nuke Studio using the timeline) - we need 60FPS though as that's what we're delivering media to the client in. Can't "Monitor Out" of a flipbook either. 

    RV was basically a no-go either, as that seems to want separate GL distortion shaders- and even then the head tracking doesn't work so it's basically a worse broadcast monitor. It did seem to play back at the correct framerate though... mplayer essentially did the same thing, once Nuke had been triggered to make the display available for configuration via xinerama.

    Has anyone else had any luck (or experience at all, successful or not) with any applications (above mentioned or otherwise) on Linux for 60FPS playback of 4K media through the Rift, complete with head tracking?

    At the moment we're testint primarily with the Rift connected directly to the GPU (GTX {9,10}80, it matters not), but haven't had any luck running it through a dedicated output playback device either (BlackMagic Decklink Mini Monitor 4K) as it seems that applications and HMD drivers don't even recognise it as a video device, so won't display any video.

    -C


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    High Sierra backwards-compatibility with new iMacs
    posted by Mark Chernausek on Nov. 20, 2017, 4:53 p.m.

    We had some new iMacs arrive this week that ship with High Sierra (10.13.1). Our pool of Macs is on Sierra 10.12.5 with an XSAN environment. For High Sierra I believe I'd have to upgrade to XSAN 5.0.1. Does anyone have methods for downgrading these new Macs to Sierra? I've tried deploying our workstation image to the new hardware and I just get a circle with a slash through it, same with a Sierra bootable USB. There's a new filesystem format for High Sierra (APFS) as well which hints a lack of backwards-compatibility. Thanks!

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    We had some new iMacs arrive this week that ship with High Sierra (10.13.1). Our pool of Macs is on Sierra 10.12.5 with an XSAN environment. For High Sierra I believe I'd have to upgrade to XSAN 5.0.1. Does anyone have methods for downgrading these new Macs to Sierra? I've tried deploying our workstation image to the new hardware and I just get a circle with a slash through it, same with a Sierra bootable USB. There's a new filesystem format for High Sierra (APFS) as well which hints a lack of backwards-compatibility. Thanks!


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  • 11/21/17--15:10: HP Quotes from VARs
  • HP Quotes from VARs
    posted by  on Nov. 21, 2017, 6:10 p.m.
    I'm wondering how long it takes in general for others to get a quote from a VAR on HP hardware? (specifically, the x-Series workstations)

    Thank you,

    Craig
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    I'm wondering how long it takes in general for others to get a quote from a VAR on HP hardware? (specifically, the x-Series workstations)

    Thank you,

    Craig

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    StudioSysAdmins Holiday Dinner w/DELL EMC (Toronto)
    posted by John Hickson on Nov. 23, 2017, 10:56 a.m. (1 day ago)

    The Isilon Team in Toronto invites you to a Holiday Celebration!

    Please join us for dinner and drinks at:

    Austin Gallery @ One King West

    on 14th December 2017 at 5:30 PM

    We look forward to seeing you there.

     

    Please RSVP at ali.tariq@dell.com at the earliest as there is limited seating.

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    The Isilon Team in Toronto invites you to a Holiday Celebration!

    Please join us for dinner and drinks at:

    Austin Gallery @ One King West

    on 14th December 2017 at 5:30 PM

    We look forward to seeing you there.

     

    Please RSVP at ali.tariq@dell.com at the earliest as there is limited seating.


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    Small file SMB vs. NFS performance
    posted by  on Nov. 28, 2017, 12:40 a.m.
    We have a netapp that we have been storing our shotgun desktop python libraries on, and have been struggling with slow load times. Out of curiosity, I compared copying about 2400 small jpeg files (73Meg total) to the local drive from the netapp via both smb on windows-7 or windows-10 vs. nfs, and I'm seeing it take anywhere between 20-40 secs to copy on windows, vs. 4.5 secs on nfs.

    If I tar up the files, I get about 4.5 secs on windows too.

    Is this normal? I thought smb3 was supposed to be better?

    Is anybody else managing to store python libraries on a NAS and load them via SMB without seeing performance issues?

    Sam.

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    We have a netapp that we have been storing our shotgun desktop python libraries on, and have been struggling with slow load times. Out of curiosity, I compared copying about 2400 small jpeg files (73Meg total) to the local drive from the netapp via both smb on windows-7 or windows-10 vs. nfs, and I'm seeing it take anywhere between 20-40 secs to copy on windows, vs. 4.5 secs on nfs.

    If I tar up the files, I get about 4.5 secs on windows too.

    Is this normal? I thought smb3 was supposed to be better?

    Is anybody else managing to store python libraries on a NAS and load them via SMB without seeing performance issues?

    Sam.


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  • 11/28/17--10:46: 3rd party isilon support
  • 3rd party isilon support
    posted by Bill Heiden on Nov. 28, 2017, 1:46 p.m.

      Are there any companies offering 3rd party isilon support?


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      Are there any companies offering 3rd party isilon support?


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