A stand-alone installation is the simplest deployment model, as all components are installed and configured with your application on the same workstation. All media processing is performed locally, which can have a significant impact on system performance if you are using several components at the same time. If you need more performance, consider using distributed deployment.
To set up a stand-alone configuration:
Install the Creative Finishing applications. Wiretap Gateway, WiretapCentral, and all background processing components are automatically installed and turned on. You do not need to install any additional packages.
Stand-alone is the simpler deployment model, but for improved performance use distributed deployment. Performance is improved by distributing processing tasks across several dedicated Backburner Server and Media I/O nodes on your network. This is a scalable deployment model: performance can be maximized by moving as many components as possible onto dedicated machines on your network. This is the only supported deployment model for Lustre Windows workstations.
Processing is performed by dedicated Backburner server nodes
Set up your Visual Effects, Finishing and Grading workstation. WiretapCentral, Wiretap Gateway, Backburner Manager, and Backburner Monitor are automatically installed on the workstation.
WiretapCentral, Backburner Manager, and Wiretap Gateway run on the Visual Effects, Finishing and Grading workstation. The applications can also leverage the Wiretap Gateway natively, without needing WiretapCentral.
Processing is done by several dedicated nodes, each consisting of a Backburner Server and a Media I/O Adapter.
Since processing components (Backburner Server and the Media I/O Adapter) are installed on Visual Effects, Finishing and Grading workstations, the workstations themselves can be used as processing nodes during off-peak hours.
Distributed deployment for a Visual Effects and Finishing workstation and for a Lustre Linux workstation. Includes WiretapCentral as an alternative for using the Wiretap Gateway and the render farm to import media.
Each component is on a dedicated machine
Set up your Visual Effects, Finishing and Grading workstation.
In this setup each component resides on a dedicated machine on the network. Media processing is performed by processing nodes bundled in node groups in a render farm. This can be used with Lustre Windows, as Wiretap Gateway is installed on a separate Linux machine.
The performance of your Wiretap Gateway system is directly impacted by the number of applications using it at the same time (Visual Effects and Finishing applications, Lustre, WiretapCentral). To ensure optimal performance, limit the number of remote clients accessing Wiretap Gateway concurrently.
Setup for a Visual Effects and Finishing workstation, and for a Lustre Linux or Windows workstation, including WiretapCentral as an alternative for using the Wiretap Gateway and the render farm to import media.. Applications can leverage the Wiretap Gateway natively, without going through WiretapCentral.
Scope of this document
This guide covers the following:
Smoke for Linux
Knowledge Linux, preferably Red Hat.
Familiarity with computer hardware, storage and networking in a professional video/film production environment.
Root access to your system. The default root account password on an Autodesk workstation is password.