- (late)2013 Mac Pro loaded with ram!
- Brand new 12TB raid array connected via Thunderbolt2!
- second (slower) 4TB raid array for stills and stuff!
- big ole UHD 27″ LED display!
- Load up the project I have been working on for months.
- Configure Premiere to export to ProRes 422(hq)!
- Press enter and start cooking hot dogs.
The UPS starts beeping.
Oh well, it has done that before.
Return after lunch (should be finished by now). To find a Mac, monitor and both arrays switched off, and the UPS beeping like a cuckolded parakeet.
What on earth is going on here. I have pro level equipment. I even have a UPS so that my gear is protected in the eventuality of a blackout. Or just from bad power in general. Well okay, maybe my stuff is prosumer. But I hook it up right!
Turns out when you are really socking it to your Mac Pro with a complicated render, it will fire up both though D700 video cards and math the shit out of your program. That is the sound I was used to hearing. Intense render work = beep beep of the UPS as it has to draw more power from the UPS than it is replenishing from the wall socket.
Well I had neglected to bust out the slide rule when my new fast storage arrived. I just plugged it in and copied my footage over. No hiccups.
The 4 full sized disks chugging along at 7200rpm PLUS two video cards doing the tango are enough to suck all the volt amps out of a medium cheap UPS.
Luckily, the project still existed after the restart. The raid arrays had not lost integrity. I changed the slow raid over to a mere surge protector. Only the fast raid and the Mac Pro live on the UPS now.