MacroSystem Digital Video SMART EDIT 5 User manual

RenderBooster
User manual
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We recommend that you carefully read the information in this manual, in order to avoid operator errors.
We have taken great care in developing and testing this program.
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installation or use of the MacroSystem RenderBooster.
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For this reason, you should make a backup of your video footage before you start using the device. We recommend that you do not delete the video footage and that you create a
backup copy beforehand.
Since it is possible that changes were made to the software after the manual was prepared, the functions shown and described in this manual might differ from the software.
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1. General information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
1.1 Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
1.2 The background story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
1.3 The product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
1.4 The speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
1.5 The image quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
1.6 The power consumption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
1.7 Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
1.8 One stick, many units? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
2. Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
2.1 Physical connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
2.2 Firmware update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
3. In combination with Arabesk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.1 Creating DVDs (SD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3.2 Creating AVCHDs (HD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
4. Exporting storyboards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
5. Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Since it is possible that changes were made to the software after the manual was prepared, the functions shown and described in this manual might differ from the
software. Changes and errors excepted.
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1. General information
1.1 Welcome
Thank you very much for purchasing the RenderBooster.
We are grateful for your confidence and we hope that this
product will live up to your expectations.
The RenderBooster will give you the opportunity to use your
Casablanca video editing system even more effectively than
before.
Feel free to contact us for further questions or if you would like
to give us suggestions for improving the product.
Whenever you contact us, please have your customer number
or the serial number of your device at hand so that we can help
you more quickly.
MacroSystem Digital Video GmbH
Industriestraße 11, 96317 Kronach, Germany
E-mail: info@macrosystem.de
Fax: +49 (0) 9261-992049
Up-to-date information on MacroSystem products can be
found on the Internet: www.macrosystem.de
If you have specific technical queries, please contact our
technical support. Please do not forget to mention the serial
number of your device or your customer number each time you
contact us, if you know them.
Support Hotline, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 9261-997080
Monday through Thursday between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm
Friday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
You can also visit our support forum on the Internet:
www.macrosystem.de/forum. In the forum, you will be able
to find assistance, step-by-step directions, and tips and tricks
for MacroSystem hardware and software products.
1.2 The background story
user to continue his work while the calculations are done in the
background.
The new challenge is called “transcoding”. Since today’s world
has not settled on just one video standard, it is absolutely
common, even essential, to convert a video file into other
formats for compatibility reasons. There are many different
camcorder formats to begin with – and it is often desirable to
create a Blu-ray disk, a common DVD, plus a few different PC/
Mac/Smartphone compatible files from a finished project.
And this is where today’s rendering time is painful. Making a
Blu-ray compatible HD video stream out of HD footage takes
a long time, even with fast CPUs. And it gets worse: Making a
DVD that looks good is a challenge – the “down conversion”
is a complex task. The common software codecs always offer
compromises – fast rendering usually means lower image quality. A difficult trade off.
1.3 The product
MacroSystem has now tackled these issues with the new
“Render Booster” – a device that plugs onto a USB port just
like a thumb drive. The small, elegant stick packs a lot of hardware power – it basically is a small computer on its own, with
a highly specialized processor. It handles just the transcoding
(the de-interlacing, the scaling, and the encoding), nothing else
– but it does that in a state-of-the-art quality, and far faster
than high end mainstream processors. A true specialist.
1.4 The speed
The Render Booster can transcode any HD project into Bluray, DVD or H.264 (TS) formats. The required time is about 1.2
to 1.4 times the runtime of the video. A 60 minute project will
require just between 72 and 84 minutes of rendering time. This
time includes the transcoding (faster than real time) and the
“overhead” (massive amounts of data have to be copied back
and forth).
Many Casablanca aficionados vividly remember the “Render
Accelerator Option” for the original Casablanca editing system.
It was basically a faster processor, making the time intensive
effects rendering more speedy.
Compared to a standard “S 4000 Pro”, this means that making
a Blu-ray in Arabesk is about 12 times faster with the Render
Booster.
Since then (1996), CPU power has dramatically increased. The
Motorola processor in 1996 was clocked at 25 MHz, now the
top of the line “S 6000” has 3.3 GHz – and multiple cores, too.
This (theoretically) makes it thousands of times faster than the
then-state-of-the-art original.
1.5 The image quality
But rendering speed is still lacking. Not so much for rendering
video effects – even in high definition, there is almost no more
related waiting time. Plus, the background rendering allows the
That is a dramatic speed increase for sure – but there’s more.
The quality of the hardware transcoding is superb, far better
than the common software encoders used not only by Bogart,
but by many other PC/Mac based editing systems too. This
allows a new quality mode for HD Arabesk projects – you can
now get 90 minutes of pristine Full HD AVCHD material onto
a double layer DVD media (45 minutes onto a single layer
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media). Almost 240 minutes on a single layer BD, 8 hours on a
double layer (50 GB) BD!
You must then activate the RenderBooster product. As a rule,
you will receive the license code when you buy the product.
1.6 The power consumption
Instead of using the power hungry main CPU (120 Watts at full
capacity) for transcoding, using the low power consumption
“Render Booster” (5 Watts) will save a significant amount of
energy. For a typical Blu-ray generation, savings of about one
kilowatt hour are common.
1.7 The use cases
You will now be able to connect the RenderBooster.
The most common use case for the “Render Booster” is no
doubts the generation of DVDs and Blu-ray disks in both SD
and HD formats. These tasks are handled by Arabesk 5, which
automatically detects the “Render Booster” (if the required
add-on product has been activated by typing in the key code).
First, you must turn off your Casablanca unit.
The “Render Booster” is also used in the “Export Storyboard”
feature. It allows very fast state-of-the-art conversions. SD and
HD projects can be exported in H.264.ts formats which can
be played back by PCs, Macs and many other devices. SD
projects can also be exported in the very common MPEG-2
format. The data rate is user selectable.
In case there is not enough room at the back of your Casablanca, the short USB extension cable which is supplied
together with the RenderBooster can be used.
The “Render Booster” should be plugged into one of the rear
USB slots. It comes with a short USB cable extender for those
that have no room at the back of their unit.
1.8 One stick, many units?
The “Render Booster” comes with a software key code. Such
software key codes can be purchased without the stick as well
– at a much lower price. This means that one stick can be used
for several units, simply by purchasing multiple key codes and
physically switching the stick between the units (the stick has
to be connected before the related unit is started up).
It works on all Bogart compatible machines (Bogart 5 is required, though). This includes Solitaire/Renommee Ultra units.
It does NOT support Smart Edit based products.
2. Installation
2.1 Physical connection
First, you must ensure that you have installed the latest version
of the Bogart SE operating system on your Casablanca device.
You need Bogart SE 5.0 or higher for the RenderBooster. The
stick will not work with older versions.
Remove the RenderBooster from its packaging. Take off the
cap and plug the RenderBooster in one of the USB ports at the
back of the machine.
Warning: you should not use the front ports, nor should you
use other -particularly longer- USB cables. If you do, this may
lead to problems with the operation of the device.
2.2 Firmware update
The RenderBooster may well look like a (big) USB memory
stick, but it actually is a small computer with its own operating
system.
This operating system is continually undergoing expansions
and improvements. These improvements are automatically
brought in when the product is used for the first time.
To do this, you should switch on your Casablanca with the
RenderBooster inserted and start Arabesk. Look now at the
top side of the RenderBooster. There are two small lamps
at the end in the back. When these little lamps blink fast
and alternately, the system is performing a firmware update.
Do not switch off the Casablanca before the update is finished and only one of the small lamps is lit continuously.
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The text “RenderBooster” should now appear in Arabesk.
resolution source footage (1920x1080, 1440x1080).
3.2 Creating AVCHDs (HD)
The RenderBooster can also be used when creating AVCHDs.
3. In combination with Arabesk
Arabesk recognizes the RenderBooster automatically. The corresponding text is added to the menu.
When doing so, the RenderBooster is so efficient that even the
new quality levels “8 MBit” and “12 MBit” result in a very good
image quality. The modes starting at 24 MBit are of little use –
there is no visible quality increase.
The use of the RenderBooster can be switched on and off. To
do this, open the “Settings” window and select RenderBooster
on or off. It is not necessary to restart.
The RenderBooster cannot be used for footage in 1280x720
mode.
4. Exporting storyboards
When the RenderBooster is deactivated, the text will no longer
appear in the main menu of Arabesk.
3.1 Creating DVDs (SD)
The function “Exporting storyboard” will automatically display
new export formats when the RenderBooster is discovered.
Depending on the current project resolution, these are MPEG
2, H.264 or MP4 file formats. The data rate can be set.
When you render a DVD and the RenderBooster is available
and activated, Arabesk will use the RenderBooster instead of
the software encoder.
When the RenderBooster is calculating, both little lamps at the
back of the RenderBooster will alternately light at a fast pace.
The calculation is both faster and more efficient. This means
that, as a rule, you should be able to select a lower image
quality than when you do not use the RenderBooster.
The RenderBooster always uses compressed audio. It is therefore not possible to select uncompressed audio when using
the RenderBooster.
The “Calculation” setting has no effect when using the RenderBooster. The resulting image quality will always be better than
the intensive mode when using the software encoder.
The clearest improvement regarding image quality and calculating speed is achieved when creating a video DVD from high
These modes are easily recognized because of the addition
“RenderBooster”. Other modes (MPG, MTS) are not accelerated, but use the software encoder as before.
The acceleration is often considerable.
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5. Troubleshooting
In case of difficulties with the RenderBooster, you should first
completely switch off the Casablanca and then restart it. Simply restarting without a complete shutdown is not enough. The
RenderBooster is its own computer and remains unaffected
by a restart of the Casablanca. When the RenderBooster has
become “out of step”, its power must be cut by a complete
shutdown. Only then will it restart.
Please note: the RenderBooster should not be connected or
disconnected while the system is in use.
If you have trouble using the RenderBooster for the first time,
it is possible that the firmware update did not succeed. Repeat
the procedure for its initial use.
Please consider: the firmware update can take several minutes
and starts only a short time after the start of Arabesk.
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MacroSystem Digital Video GmbH
www.macrosystem.de
RenderBooster E-07/2012