It’s Labor Day weekend here in the US so I’m taking advantage of the 3 day weekend to set up and start testing the beta version of DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac. Contrary to some of the information that’s out there, you do NOT require two nVidia graphics cards to run Resolve on a Mac Pro. It is recommended, but not required. Here’s the configuration I’m testing on:
Mac Pro Quad Core 2.93 Intel Xeon (2009 model)
BlackMagic HD Extreme 3D video card
nVidia Quadro FX 4800 graphics card
ATTO R380 SAS/SATA controller
Small Tree PEG1 Ethernet Controller
Dell 24″ primary computer monitor
Viewsonic 22″ secondary computer monitor
Flanders Scientific 2450W reference monitor
Tangent Wave Control Surface
So as you can see, I’m running with only one graphics card, the Quadro 4800. I don’t have room for the second card because of the Small Tree PEG1 card in there. That’s to support our ethernet SAN. The on-board ethernet controllers do not properly support Jumbo Frames forcing us to use the PEG1.
Speaking to BlackMagic about this situation, I was informed that I would be giving up some realtime functionality by going with the one card, but all of the functionality of Resolve will be available. I have no problem at all accepting that I’m giving up a little realtime functionality to take advantage of everything else that Resolve offers for color enhancement.
So everything is installed and operating. More tomorrow on playing with Resolve!