What's the best computer to run Millumin ?

edited September 2015 in FAQ
Millumin uses mainly the graphic card, so the better your graphic card, the better performance.
You can compare graphic card score on this website.
For example : if you buy a MacBookPro, be sure to choose a model with a dedicated graphic card (GeForce or AMD, not only an Intel one).

The drive is important too. If you got big files, you need a good one, that can read fast : for example a fast and internal SSD, or a fast external hard-drive.
Please, use the codec Photo-JPEG to optimize the performance (MP4/H264 movies uses more CPU/GPU).

At last, if you uses multiple graphic cards, keep in mind that rendering can only be done by one graphic card, and the result must be pushed to other graphic card, which is time consuming (the other softwares have this limitation as well). More informations here.
Of course, we are working on better integration of multiple graphic cards, but we cannot promise anything for now.


By the way, be sure to run auto-optimization
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- click on the Optimize icon in the top-left corner
- or, from the menubar, click on "Project" then "Optimize


Comments

  • tested on MacMini 2011, 2,5 ghz, 500gb, 4gb ram, AMD Radeon 6630M with Lion.
    play fluid three fullHD video on the same out, via hdmi adapter.
    at the fourth video everything start go in spurts.

    i think that depends also of what type of work you have to do.
    anyway the millumin program is very very slim and little despite the huge possibilities that it have.

    L.



  • edited May 2012
    Hello dadovisual.
    Did you try to use a matrox triplehead with a resolution of 3072x768 with millumin on your minimac to play a video file at the same resolution?

    I
    would like to know if it works
    before buying a minimac ;)



  • Hi legoman,

    I just try triplehead in "dual" modality, 2048x768 with 2 fullHD clip.
    Sure in next weeks ill give it a try and i will tell you more!

    Keep in touch!

    L.
  • thanks!

    let me know
  • Hi. I just have tested Matrox triplehead2go DP on my MacMini - which I have bought just for use with Millumin ;) unfortunately my MacMini is with Intel HD 3000 (Mac mini Dual-Core i5 2.3GHz/2GB/500GB/Intel HD3000/OS X Lion) and I am not able to play two 1024x768 videos flawlessly. :( of course neither three videos.
    I setup matrox screen to 3072x768 and render out composition of three videos into one MOV output. Even this file is not played well.
    Does anybody have macmini with HD3000 and some experience with more HD videos played simultaneous?

    Lukas
  • Hello Lukas,

    So you are using a total resolution of 3072x768 on your MacMini, right ?
    Did you try to load your video from an external harddrive ?
    Do you use Photo-JPEG codec ?

    Best,
    Philippe
  • I think that an ssd hard drive will solve many problems..

    But sure..the hd3000 is not the best for getting out with hd clips.
  • Did somebody tried it with a minimac with an AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256 Mo?
  • edited June 2012
    Hello,

    As @Dadovisual said in the 2nd comment of this thread :
    tested on MacMini 2011, 2,5 ghz, 500gb, 4gb ram, AMD Radeon 6630M with Lion.
    play fluid three fullHD video on the same out, via hdmi adapter.
    at the fourth video everything start go in spurts.
    Is it what you was looking for ?

    Best,
    Philippe
  • edited July 2012
    Hi
    Yesterday
    I did a test with a mac mini
    Intel Core i5 dual-core processor at 2.5 GHz,
    4 GB of DDR3 1333 MHz,
    AMD Radeon HD 6630M with 256MB of GDDR5 memory

    and a
    Matrox triple headPD


    I tested to lauch a 3072x768px video with Millumin
    It works well

    I also tested this USB to VGA adapter :
    http://www.climaxdigital.co.uk/USB-20-to-DVIVGA-or-HDMI-Adaptorsupports-up-to-2048-X-11521080p-Full-HD-ready
    The screen was lagging a bit, but to use for the interface of millumin, it's enough

    so with this adapter,  you can use 4 outputs on the mac mini: 3 for the outputs and 1 as control screen

  • edited July 2012
    Thanx @legoman for sharing your experience :)


    From my experience : if you plan to use Millumin with a Mac Mini, don't take the most expensive model.

    Why ? Because this model comes with a bad graphic card (an Intel HD3000).
    The second model, the one with the AMD Radeon 6630M tested by @legoman, is much better, because it comes with a decent graphic card !
    It's very important as Millumin uses a lot the graphic card (as any video application).
  • "keep in mind that rendering can only be done by one graphic card, and the result must be pushed to other graphic card"

    good to know that! Now, how can I know which one is the main card used by Millumin?
  • Hello @xenatis,

    To see wich graphic card is in use, you can see the apple doc.

    There are also application that notify you when an application use another graphic card 

    regards,
    Antoine M*
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