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easyDCP Creator/Creator+, easyDCP JPEG 2000 Transcoder and easyDCP Publisher are highly optimized for running on multi-processor/multi-core machines. On Windows, it can also use one or more CUDA® enabled graphics devices.

We recommend the following minimal system configuration:

  • Windows PC (Windows 64 bit, Version 7 or higher) or Intel Mac (Mac OS X 64 bit, Version 10.7 or higher)
  • You also need a minimum of 2 GB RAM
  • Installation occupies 200 MB free disc space
  • Fast hard disk is also recommended

For best performance, opt for the following specifications:

  • CPU with 6 or 8 cores
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Fast SSD
  • A CUDA-enabled graphics device for encoding with the following specifications:
    • Compute Capability 2.0 or higher
    • Minimum of 1 GB memory, better 4 GB of memory
    • Preferably connected with 16 PCI Express lanes
    • The more cores, the better
    • E.g. NVIDIA GeForce 980 Ti

Basically there are two different options for running easyDCP Player.


1. Real-time-playback using a fast CPU.

Allows for real-time-playback of 2k/4k DCP and IMF-Packages on a standard PC/Mac. Use this option if you have a sufficiently fast CPU. The software codec will work on Mac OS X and Windows 7 and higher.

Minimum system specification:

    • 6-core CPU
    • At least 4 GB of RAM
    • Graphics device with at least 500 MB memory attached to monitor (primary graphics card)
    • Fast hard disk is also recommended


2. Real-time-playback using a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) as accelerator.

Allows for real-time-playback of 2k/4k DCPs and IMF-Packages *) on a standard PC.
*) limited to lossy with code block size 32x32

This option requires two graphics cards:

1. GPU: Primary device for rendering (OpenGL) to which the display is attached.
2. GPU: Secondary CUDA-enabled device for the JPEG 2000 decompression.

Minimum system specification:

    • 4-core CPU
    • 1x primary graphics device attached to monitor
      • recent NVIDIA GeForce or Quadro series graphics device
      • at least 1 GB VRAM
      • preferably connected with 16 PCIx lanes
    • 1x secondary graphics device not attached to monitor
      • NVIDIA GeForce with at least 500 CUDA cores
      • least 2 GB of VRAM
      • preferably connected with 16 PCIx lanes
    • At least 4 GB RAM
    • Fast harddisk/SSD is also recommended

The GPU-accelerated codec is only available for Windows, not for Mac OS X.


3D Video output options:

For best stereo video output, we recommend a NVIDIA Quadro device with at least 2 GB memory (e.g. Quadro K600). When using Nvidia 3D vision, the display needs to have a refresh rate of at least 120 Hz (e.g. Acer GD245QH). Alternatively, a 3D projector can be connected via Dual-DVI. This does not require a professional Nvidia Quadro card, but can also be achieved with a NVIDIA GeForce card.

Furthermore, a 3D LCD can be connected via HDMI or DVI to play out stereo in side-by-side/top-and-bottom/line-by-line or other interleaved modes.


HD-SDI output option:

easyDCP Player supports Blackmagic Design UltraStudio oder DeckLink series output devices.

When Option HD-SDI "enable subtitling, color processing and scaling" is enabled, decoded images will first be processed by the primary graphics card, before they get sent to the SDI-output device.

This works best, when the primary graphics card is a NVIDIA Quadro card. 


View our performance test:

Yes, easyDCP Player+ supports all Blackmagic Design Ultra Studio and DeckLink series output devices for video and audio.

The performance of such a set-up depends on various parameters and is not only determined by the HD/SDI interface card.
The Graphic Board Check (PDF) table shows some example set-ups as well as the measured performance using certain HD/SDI interfaces.

Limitations:

  • Stereo 3D output is not supported.
  • At this point, 4k output via HD-SDI is not real-time capable.
  • The minimally required driver version is 9.7.7.
  • HD-SDI output is a feature exclusive to easyDCP Player+. It is not available in the basic edition.

 

More Details you see in our video: GPU-Acclerated JPEG 2000 Encoding

NOTE: GPU acceleration is available for Windows only

More Details you see in our video: GPU-Acclerated real time playback

NOTE: GPU acceleration is available for Windows only