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AMD OpenCL Boosts Adobe Post
AMD have been thrust back into the limelight with Adobe’s OpenCL support of APU and GPU
accelerated graphics. Steven Preston chats with AMD’s Rob Jamieson in the run up to InfoComm 2013…

By Steven Preston
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dobe Premiere Pro CS6,
which was released in 2012,
and Adobe Premiere Pro CC now
support GPU-acceleration via
OpenCL for Microsoft Windows
workstations and Mac.
The collaboration with AMD has
seen the development of drivers
and hardware that brings a broad
selection of certified AMD graphics
hardware back to the fore for
Adobe professional still and video
imaging software.
R o b J a m i e s o n , A M D ’s
Independent Software Vendor
Manager, says: “We’ve been
working with Adobe for a year-anda-half to do an OpenCL conversion
to add features from Photoshop and
Premiere Pro to run on OpenCL.
“This has made a big difference to
us as before it was only supported
on Premiere Pro with the Mercury
Engine on NVIDIA – now it is
supported on our hardware.
“We also believe we are faster
as a bunch of benchmarks show,
and because of the way that the
coding has been done versus the
Cuda Mercury Engine, the OpenCL
version that we have we tend to see
a greater performance on card-percard level against NVIDIA.
AMD GPU benchmarking for
the W5000 put the improvements
at 8X faster than software, but
more importantly sees gains of
up to 40% faster and with 45%
better GPU utilisation for some
features (See Fig 1.)

The improvements, says Jamieson,
are a result of the architectural
design of the AMD GPU hardware.
This he says makes the systems
more efficient in regards to the
performance with more advanced,
for example shader-type, functions
that are more GPU-centric.
“There is good coding in there
which makes a big difference.
People often forget that it isn’t just
the hardware – it’s also about the
drivers that are optimised giving
improvements.”
“The good news is that
generally at each price
point, and each card level,
we offer better value.”
When it comes to Adobe
Premiere Pro, which
Jamieson says works
efficiently with the AMD FirePro
W5000 card, he recommends users
consider the W7000.
“The W7000 has a couple of nice
features which lends itself well to
the Premiere Pro user. I’m not saying
you buy the most expensive card!
The W7000 is very quick, it supports
four outputs, it’s got 4GB of frame
buffer memory, so you can load
quite a lot of content on the card at
the right time.”
The expanded OpenCL support for

Adobe Premiere Pro CC handles SD to 4K with ease on AMD graphics
technology (Image courtesy of framefloor, Cologne, Germany)

Adobe Premiere Pro CC announced
at NAB, includes multi-stream
and mixed format accelerated
workflows with real-time effects,
colour grading and finishing with
hardware-accelerated rendering to
the chosen final destination format.
Support for additional OpenCLaccelerated features has
been added for Adobe
Premiere Pro CC including
OpenCL hardwarepowered rendering with
Adobe Media Encoder
CC for Adobe Premiere
Pro CC projects and
multi-GPU support.
In relation to the AMD collaboration
efforts, Simon Williams, Director of
Strategic Relations at Adobe, says:
“We have increased the performance
of our industry-leading applications
Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe
Photoshop CC with enhanced
OpenCL and OpenGL support,
empowering creative professionals
and consumers alike to harness the
many benefits and robust power of
modern AMD APUs and GPUs.

“The creative community asked,
and AMD and Adobe answered by
providing artists [with] a powerful
combination of technologies with
which to streamline today’s complex
creative workflows.”
Crucially, as the 4K bandwagon
continues to gain pace, both
Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe
Premiere Pro CC fully support
advanced display technologies
such as 4K and AMD Eyefinity multidisplay technology.
Jamison says: “All of our current
hardware supports a 4K output, so
if you use a DisplayPort to drive the
monitor, you can do a 4K output.
Cards like the W7000 have four
outputs, so they can drive the 4K
monitors without any extra hardware.
“We have also put in decoders and
encoders that will support 4K in the
hardware as well.”
Concluding, Jamieson noted that
the latest Apple Mac Pro workstation
will pack a FirePro card rather than
the Radeon card.
“This will strengthen the OpenCL
message,” he said.

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InNews: Fiji TV Playout Facility Opts for Harris Broadcast Gear
InNews: Avalon Studios Goes for Xytech
InFocus: Panasonic Pro-Camera Equipment in Antartica
InSound: European Soccer Covered With Lawo Technology
InGear: Egripment Launch Universal Dolly
InTech: Abonair Part II – Wireless Video Links
InMedia: Vector 3: The Playout People
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