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Gird Your GridGridiron's X-Factor uses grid computing technology to speed After Effects rendering
We spoke with him on the eve of the release of X-Factor 1.5 about the new version and what distributed computing can do for After Effects users.
Weren't you previewing X-Factor at NAB?
Yes, in fact, at the last NAB, we showed the very first prototype of the X-Factor technology. And we subsequently launched the release version of the product in May, version 1.0, and were just now releasing version 1.5.
Does version 1.5 bring a significant increase in power?
Pretty signficant. In fact, there was great internal debate as to whether we should make this a 2.0 release or 1.5. Version 1.5 prevailed more from a pricing perspective than a funcionality perspective because weve retained the same pricing and were providing a free upgrade for the people who purchased 1.0. But it is a pretty significant enhancement in terms of the functionality of the product.
Can you quantify the speed increase X-Factor provides for After Effects rendering? I guess its dependent on the number of computers you have on the network.
Yeah, it depends on a number of factors. The exact nature of the project youre working on, how many computers you have, the speed of your network, and so forth. However, as a rule of thumb on a preview, weve seen linear performance improvement, meaning you can preview twice as fast using two computers on your grid than one, three times faster with three, and so forth.
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Is it being used by a lot of people in the field now?
Yes, weve had a substantial response to the product. As I said, we began shipping version 1.0 in May, and weve had tens of thousands of downloads of the product.
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