The pressure this puts on both artists and their computers is quite unlike anything we've ever experienced before – but thankfully, OpenCL takes care of the latter. It's already something which is in fruition, too, and Adobe's Creative Cloud
software (Premiere Pro, After Effects or Photoshop) is custom-tuned to work with AMD FirePro graphics
chips to take advantage of OpenCL's incredible power
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Fire up Premiere Pro and the advantages of OpenCL in this high-pressure environment are immediately apparent. The mere act of opening a huge video file is boosted considerably, and it's ready to play with almost immediately after you double-click it. No more waiting for that interminable Processing dialogue - and it's ready to preview within seconds. You can add more of your favourite clips, and there's no lag or slowdown at all.
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With OpenCL technology, it's like you've got a whole new piece of software! Video clips are played back at full resolution on the timeline, so you can study each and every frame in minute detail and easily snip out little errors. You can add dynamic trims – such as a ripple cut between two scenes – without stuttering, and without having to half the resolution. Essentially, you're always working in real-time.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Premiere Pro's OpenCL improvements, and, as you'd expect, it really comes into its own when you add 3D effects to your videos. What's more is that you can do all this without your GPU fans whirring up like your computer's about to take off.
It's not just Premiere Pro which takes on a whole new life with a FirePro graphics card. Essential motion graphics software After Effects
is similarly improved, and it can add entire new layers of creative fun to video productions. It's become an important part of the TV and film industries, and it allows you to add pseudo 3D effects without the complexities of learning modelling software.
With an AMD Firepro graphics card installed you can import footage from your digital camcorder and it's available to manipulate almost immediately. Hardware-accelerated composition, layer and footage panels work much faster, and with Fast Draft preview mode you can see any changes in full quality, which is a massive boon if you're working with 4K files. You can also add a cel-shaded cartoon effect in a matter of seconds before chucking it into Premiere Pro.
One additional benefit comes with Adobe's SpeedGrade
, which is used to alter colours and saturation within video files. It's the software that separates amateurs from professionals, and with an AMD FirePro card the pipeline between it and Premiere Pro is silky smooth. The Lumetri deep colour engine, with its endless grading options, is completely optimised for OpenCL too.
Whether you're a designer or an artist, touching up and creating images in Photoshop
has become second-nature. But it can still drag on the fastest of machines – unless you've got an AMD FirePro chip installed. The Mercury Graphics Engine renders images fluidly and quickly – even if they're absolutely huge.