Visual effects software provider, eyeon, has announced a commitment to Nvidia's CUDA platform, allowing its Fusion suite to utilise GPU computing to deliver faster video rendering and image processing.
"It's simple. The hundreds of CUDA cores on NVIDIA graphics processors allow for tremendous interactivity and finishing speed. By accelerating the artistry, the finesse of a sequence is much more in tune with the creative process. Processes that would take an hour per frame to render now become interactive. Not only does this make the artist's creative control better, it also means delivery and deadlines can be met," said Steve Roberts, CEO and Creative Director, eyeon Software.
Traditionally the rendering portion of creating computer generated imagery for movie special effects and animation has been incredibly time consuming. While it is still one of the slowest parts of the development process, with CUDA, Fusion users should have a much smoother operating procedure. It also allows much smaller companies, with smaller budgets, to utilise more high powered CGI effects because they aren't forced into renting render farms or compromising on the end product.
Nvidia also had someone out in front to comment on the move, with industry executive at Nvidia Greg Estes saying: "eyeon Software is realizing tremendous performance gains through the power of CUDA and NVIDIA GPU technology."
"For example, eyeon's own benchmarking tests have shown that their Fusion 3D renderer on CUDA, running on a system equipped with our NVIDIA Quadro 2000, takes less than one second per frame, compared with running it on an Intel Core i7 CPU with SSE4 optimization, which takes 90 seconds per frame. There's simply no comparison."
Source: 3D Roundabout
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