6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 20, 2012 10:02 AM by ujayank
StingRay67 Level 1 (100 points)

I'm using Compressor 4 - Ive set up a virtual cluster on my QuadCore Original MacPro. I was able to use the built-in Qmaster to set up TWO (processing) instances (one for each Processor) to speed up Compressors encoding. IT WORKS FOR COMPRESSOR 4 .. increasing my encoding my at least 35%.


I  know some were doing this with Compressor 3.. Compressor 4 has Qmaster built in.. the set up process is exactly the same, just that the dialog boxes look a little different. If it works on my old machine.. its gonna work on anyone's MacPro !!!


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Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Quad2.66/16GB/2.1TB Int./ATI 5770HD
  • Speculation Level 1 (0 points)

    I've done everything that I see in the posted image using Compressor 4 but still no joy.


    My virtual cluster in Compressor 3 worked just dandy but this time around, nada.


    I'm choosing "Share this computer" from within Compressor 4> AppleQmaster pulldown

    (The only difference with the supplied image is that my QuickCluster has the name of my machine in the field. Other than that, all the right boxes are checked.)


    Any help with what was a decent setup in Compressor 3 and now is seemingly faltering in Compressor 4, would be gratefully received.

  • David M Brewer Level 6 (9,355 points)

    Set your Qmaster just like the image below... Click on Compressor options to set how many isnstances your going to use... Give your QuickCluster a name.

    Compressor 4.jpg


    Here is Compressor 3.5 setup.


    Compressor 3-5.jpg


    (Click on images to make them larger and clearer.)




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  • Speculation Level 1 (0 points)

    StingRay67, Many thanks for getting me on the right track with setting up the virtual cluster in Compressor 4. David, Thank you for clarifying the settings. Could have sworn blue that I had them 'exactly' like this, but it appears I didn't because now I see my cluster in my 'Share Monitor" as well as everywhere else I was expecting to see it. (I guess I'll have to run faster or go for shorter runs now!)





  • Speculation Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, next step hiccup....The cluster is working - bueno! The problem I'm having now is that I keep getting a message back from each render "badly formed string R30/1 0 NDF".


    Then the job fails.


    Blast! Help please?

  • Elias71 Level 1 (0 points)


    I am on a 12 core Mac Pro with 24 GB of Ram.  What would you suggest for my amount of instances?  I have 16 right now but it is failing consistently.