This post is likely to be of interest only to folks who are editors or digital artists using Adobe After Effects or Premiere (CS6 or CC) on a Mac.
Adobe has built in some really great support for multiple processor cores and GPU into its products allowing users to take full advantage of display/rendering capabilities, including support for CUDA and OpenGL on nVidia video cards/GPUs.
If you’re not up on these terms, or graphics card tech, I’ve included some great tech notes from Adobe to get you up to speed.
For Mac users, the catch is that the CUDA drivers do not come installed on nVidia-equipped Macs, even though all of the latest models are supported. You need to download and install these drivers before configuring After Effects to make use of them. I had forgotten about this until I set up my new MacBook Pro, and thought I’d pass the info along. In short, if you’ve got one of these CUDA-capable machines and aren’t taking full advantage of them, you’re losing lots of time, productivity, and, at the end of the day, money.
Here are some relevant Adobe tech notes:
This is a really great all-around backgrounder on the concepts and benefits, including some videos.
Instructions for setting up CUDA drivers, written by my friend Kevin Monahan at Adobe. It’s a little bit dated (e.g., the nVidia 650M is now supported) but the process is still pretty much the same. There are also some really useful settings for allocating cores (including virtual cores) in After Effects.
Release notes for the latest versions.
nVidia’s support pages for obtaining the latest drivers.