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From 3D modeling to post-production, the Quantum SHIFT is a versatile workstation design. Its high level of customization allows for infinite configuration possibilities that will deliver performance where you need it the most. From high end NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics to high-bandwidth, redundant storage, the Quantum SHIFT is a robust and reliable solution.

The Quantum SHIFT can be configured for a wide range of software solutions from the following companies: .
Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design started the uncompressed video revolution in broadcast, and it’s now become the standard way to work for thousands of people worldwide. HDMI cameras can now be used for uncompressed editing with professional results.

Featuring blistering performance from Intel's Core i7 and Xeon processors, there is literally no computing task that cannot be tackled by the Shift. Featuring advanced technologies such as HyperThreading, support for integrated dual- and triple-channel memory controllers, and PCI-Express 2.0 expansion, the Shift throws everything but the kitchen sink into an overclockable stack of raw computational power.

Looks are just as important

Add in the incredible GPGPU processing power of multiple NVIDIA and ATI consumer and professional graphics cards and you've got the building blocks for a personal supercomputer. Today's GPUs are powerhouses and contain hundreds of individual stream processors for massive parallel computing. Everything from video transcoding, encoding, and editing get a speed boost from stream processing. But there's plenty of room for play, too. With NVIDIA, leverage CUDA technology to enjoy gaming with PhysX - bringing realistic physics simulation to games. And 3D Vision - exclusive technology that throws you right into the middle of the game. Pick an AMD ATI Radeon HD 5000 series graphics card and you have access to the most eye candy with DirectX 11, and ATI EyeFinity technology delivers the ultimate in surround-vision with support for multi-monitor gaming.

SSDs - solid state drives - the latest advancement in hard drive technology. Your PC is only as fast as its slowest component - and with SSDs you're no longer facing an HDD bottleneck. With no moving parts, SSDs are a densely packed collection of memory modules, with capacity into the hundreds of gigabytes. Absolutely silent. They run cool, and last long. And you can put 12 of them in the Shift. No kidding.

In MAINGEAR’s quest to eliminate all performance bottlenecks, it’s important that we partner with a memory company capable of keeping up with our overclocks and performance tweaks. Enter CORSAIR Memory, an award-winning producer of high performance custom memory modules. With memory speeds up to 2133MHz and beyond, and extremely low latencies, we’ll squeeze out every last bit of performance available by using Corsair Memory.

Large, multi-national computer manufacturers have commoditized the PC market by subsidizing their products with the installation of intrusive, third party software. They are paid to do this. This software bogs down your system and prevents it from running at its highest potential. It also has the tendency to make your system unstable or may conflict with software you wish to install. All MAINGEAR systems eschews these tactics as we believe that YOU are the customer, not a third party software provider. We build purebred PCs designed for performance and reliability, not billboards and advertisments.

Unncompressed Video

Formats such as HDV and DV use video compression for smaller and easier to manage files, however this sacrifices image quality, and in the case of HDV you don't even get full resolution 1920 x 1080 HDTV video. That means HDV is not really HD! Uncompressed video capture with perfect quality video is now easy thanks to modern and fast computer hard disks. Uncompressed video won’t suffer from generation loss and always looks amazingly clean and sharp. Uncompressed video also renders faster as you don’t waste CPU time with video compression. Now 100% of your CPU time can be used rendering your effects!
Full Resolution

Intensity uses full resolution HDTV, which is a massive 1920 x 1080 pixels for every video frame. HDV only uses 1440 pixels wide due to the limitations of the small cassette tapes used and the FireWire speeds build into the cameras. However the newer cameras being released, such as the Sony HDR-HC3 have built-in HDMI video output which allow access to the raw uncompressed video from the CCD directly. That provides incredible quality. If you're capturing off HDV tape, you can still enjoy editing video in full resolution, so your graphics and effects look sharp because only uncompressed video eliminates the horizontal scaling that’s required when rendering HDV footage with graphics and effects.
Uncompressed or Compressed Video

HDV and DV also use heavy compression. With HDV, the compression is time based which loads up the system CPU as the editing software reassembles the video just to display each frame in the video. With Intensity you're working in uncompressed, so all CPU time is free for real time effects and the system feels snappy and fast to use. Because uncompressed video in HD requires a fast disk array, to save cost you can also choose compressed video that’s higher quality than HDV. For example you can use DV 100 codec on Mac OS X™ which is 4 times better quality than HDV, or on Windows™ you can choose our new full resolution JPEG codec.
Higher Color Resolution

HDMI doesn't use compression so you can record video without video compression, or choose a better compression more compatible with the work you're doing. HDV and DV are limited to 4:1:1 color sampling, so you only get 1-red and 1-blue video pixel for every 4 pixels in your image. This blurs color and causes serious color bleed on deep colors and destroys the crispness of your images. HDMI uses 4:2:2 video which has twice the color resolution, so your video won’t suffer soft and smeared color.