1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 5, 2013 11:11 AM by Keith Barkley
Andropov_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


I need to convert a ton of files from .dv format to .m4v .mov or similar. Since it will take years to do it (almost 3TB of videos) with my current Mac Mini (first Intel version) I was thinking to set up a render farm with all my desktop PowerPC Macs. I've never tried this before, so I don't know how to do it. I've heard that Apple uses Qmaster to do that. I've also read something about Xgrid, but Xgrid seems to be for different tasks (I would like to know wich ones, because I want to do something useful with my old PowerPC Macs and a distributed computing solution may be the answer).


My macs:

- PowerMac G3 B&W (400Mhz)

- PowerMac G3 B&W (450Mhz)

- PowerMac G4 PCI Graphics (450Mhz)

- PowerMac G4 Digital Audio (733Mhz)

- PowerMac G4 Quicksilver (933Mhz)

- PowerMac G4 Mirrored Drive Doors (Dual 867Mhz)


All of them with at least a bootable partition of Tiger 10.4.11. The PowerMac G4 MDD also has Mac OS X Tiger Server installed.



  • 1. Re: Render Farm PowerPC
    Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,260 points)

    I think your best bet is simply to schedule it yourself. Set up a simple automater script that reads from a folder and performs the conversion. Simply drop a bunch of files into the watch folder and let it run. You can experiment with how many concurrent processes you can run on each machine before it bogs down.


    Don't expect much out of the G3's.