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After Effects Pro To Incorporate GridIron TechnologyNext AE release gets enhanced network computing features
GridIron's grid computing software--XLR8--will be used, according to the company, to speed After Effect's preview and rendering performance by "dividing and distributing the work ordinarily performed on a single computer among several computers joined together in a network." In a prepared statement, GridIron said, "The bundled grid technology is expected to provide linear performance improvement, so preview and rendering will be completed nearly twice as fast on two computers than on one, three times as fast on three computers, and so on. Setting up a grid to achieve this increased speed is accomplished by installing the GridIron XLR8 and After Effects software components and connecting the computers together via a network." XLR8 uses a peer to peer architecture that allows for automatic discovery, processing setup, work distribution and failure recovery. And, according to the company, it requires no configuration or administration.
In the GridIron statement, Steve Kilisky, Adobe's group product manager for After Effects, said: "GridIron's technology provides Adobe After Effects with increased speed at a low cost without the need to spend time allocating resources or configuring your network. Adobe After Effects Professional users are now unleashed from time or processing constraints that previously limited their creative efforts."
Adobe also issued a separate statement confirming the announcement but backing away from any specifics. The statement, in total, was: "GridIron Software, a third party partner in Canada, recently made an announcement regarding a new plug-in created to support Adobe After Effects which will allow small-to-medium size businesses to use a technology called 'grid computing.' The release indicates that this plug-in technology will be bundled with the next version of Adobe After Effects. It also suggests that this technology will be supported in future versions of other Adobe products. While most partner releases receive limited media exposure, this release has been picked up by a few influential publications in the U.S. and Europe, prompting calls to the PR teams and online news coverage. Unfortunately, several news articles make it appear as though Adobe made this announcement. We were not involved in issuing this announcement, with the exception of providing a supporting quote."
Ship dates, platform information and pricing details have not yet been announced for the new version of AE 6 Pro. We'll bring you more details when they become available. For more information on grid computing technology, visit http://www.gridironsoftware.com.
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