Talking GPUs and Tech We Can’t/Can Live Without

January 8, 2017

The Team discusses GPUs for the colorist and how to select one. Plus, tech we've discovered we can live without, and tech we can't.


Day 8: 25 Insights in 25 Days New Year Marathon

Episode 34: From The Mailbag

We Talk New GPUs & Tech We Couldn’t Live Without & Tech We Can

Well, the Mixing Light New Year Marathon is in full swing.  We hope you’ve enjoyed the first week of Insights. 7 down 18 more to go!

Sunday’s are Mailbag days, which you should enjoy after you have a read thru the latest Tao Of Color Colorist Newsletter – the best newsletter in the industry!

In this installment of From The MailBag we first talk about a subject that is near and dear to most colorists – GPUs!

Up next, based on a conversation Team Mixing Light had over the holiday’s, we discuss tech we can’t live without and tech that wouldn’t bother us if it just went away.

You guys have been quiet recently!  We want your questions!

Remember, if you have questions that you’d like to get an opinion on please use the contact form.

Your questions can be aesthetic, technical or even client related. We’d love to hear from you, and your question might make future episodes of From The MailBag.

Talking GPUs

GPUs are an often discussed piece of hardware for the professional colorist.

No matter what application that you use, the importance of the GPU is undeniable for archiving real-time performance for your grading work.

In part 1, we sit down to discuss two pretty new GPUs – the Nvidia GTX 1080 & the Titan X – both based on Nvidia’s new Pascal platform.

We discuss exactly what ‘Pascal’ means and some its top features, as well as discuss common GPU terms like cores, VRAM, etc.

While we’re all Nvidia fanboys (Robbie especially!) we do make mention of AMD cards as well – if you’re using AMD cards please chime in and let us know more about the newest crop of cards from AMD!

Tech We Can’t/Can Live Without

Recently, Team Mixing Light has been on Skype a lot – talking 2017, development of our new website and some other new initiatives we have coming in the next few months.

After a detailed discussion on something Dan asked – ‘What tech can’t you guys live without?  What tech could you care less if it just died?  We talked about it for a few minutes but then decided that the questions were perfect for a Mailbag installment.

In part 2, Dan talks about his love of Team Viewer and his hatred of high-end lighting, Pat professes his love for gigabit Internet connections and how SDI inputs on a capture card are kind of useless for the modern colorist, and finally, Robbie discuss his love affair with Resilio Sync and how he wishes mechanical hard drives would die a painful death!

Even though we didn’t address member questions in this installment of ‘From The Mailbag’, remember you can use the comments below if you have more to add to the conversation or have other questions. 

-Team Mixing Light

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