December 12, 2005
GridIron Software introduced
GridIron Nucleo, the first productivity enhancement tool for
digital post-production that takes full advantage of new
multi-processor and multi-core technology. Nucleo for Adobe After
Effects eliminates compute bottlenecks,
allowing rich motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, DVD
and the Web, to be developed in less time.
GridIron Nucleo allows Adobe After Effects to run in parallel on
new multi-core and multi-processor technology. This allows users to
realize performance gains of up to 300 percent -- effectively speeding
up their render and preview activities. In the past, these types of
performance gains have typically only been supported by methods such as Grids, clusters and render farms.
Joost van der Hoeven of Animotion, an audio-visual design firm based
in The Netherlands, said, "Using Nucleo for Adobe After Affects makes
renders and previews much faster on the same dual processor machine, so
I'm looking forward to the arrival of my new Quad. Nucleo's
functionality allows me to preview and create more versions of a design
or animation because now I can review the results so quickly, allowing
me to be as creative as possible."
The GridIron Nucleo approach to parallelism is specifically designed
to harness the power of multiple processors or multiple cores in a
single computer. This method bridges the gap between software and hardware created by the
innovation of multiple-core processors from companies such as AMD, IBM
This allows digital post-production professionals to fully utilize
the power of their workstations to create motion graphics and visual
effects through a seamless user experience that does not dramatically
"The Dual-Core AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core
processors have been designed specifically for intense software
applications like those used in digital content creation," said Charlie
Boswell, director of digital media and entertainment for AMD. "Nucleo
is a valuable enhancement that helps you fully experience the
outstanding power and performance of AMD dual-core processors when
rendering and previewing with After Effects."
"Nucleo optimizes Adobe After Effects to take advantage of new
processor technology," said Simon Hayhurst, director of product
management of Digital Video and Audio for Adobe. "GridIron's Nucleo
makes it extremely easy for the most demanding Adobe After Effects
users to achieve impressive performance gains, which allows our users
to invest more time in their creative efforts and improve their bottom
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Jun 12, 2013 |
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