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    PixelPol reacted to Mope El Two in My most painful PC Build... - ROG Rig Reboot 2019   
    My 17 year old son kept scolding me for laughing so much while I watched it on my computer with headphones on, but I'd love to get his take on it.
     
    I also sent a link to this video to a friend who's about Linus' age, and I'm waiting to hear her reaction. 
     
    Thank you to everyone involved in doing such a wonderful job on the video, and that includes all the talent, and the editing (nice flow).
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    PixelPol reacted to Jurrunio in Thread for Linus Tech Tips Video Suggestions   
    As we all know, there's a great gain in performance from HDD to SATA SSD (btw maybe comparsions between 5400RPM, 7200RPM and 10000RPM HDDs?) all-round, but SATA SSD to PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD's benefits can only be noticeable in select workloads. Maybe make a video to find out the bottleneck at that point which stops NVMe SSDs from dominating their SATA brothers?
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    PixelPol reacted to LogicalDrm in Premiere Pro barely usable on high end machine   
    Just gonna throw this in, since it's Adobe. How big is your (all) pagefile? May sound silly, but Adobe software require it to be enabled, and have decent size (4-8gb is enough).
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    PixelPol reacted to Mira Yurizaki in Disk partitions   
    You don't have to have two partitions with a Windows install on each. You can make another Standard Level user account on Windows and simply deny them access to whatever folders you want via security permissions.
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    PixelPol got a reaction from Thready in Anyone use a Wacom tablet for photos?   
    My positive opinion about the XP-Pen Deco 03 classic tablet (100$ only at amazon first hand) and the  XP-Pen 22E monitor-tablet is mostly due to having friends, colleagues that use these and love them. And two of these guys are super reliable in these matters and in general. Reviews occupy a lower rank in my consideration, but I've watched a lot, and the line jitter and other stuff is not something that can be easily faked (I easily hunt those trying to fool all of us) for someone working 10 -16 hours a day with tablets, non-stop for decades (since '91).  Wacom drivers have also a history of issues , and about hardware, Mobile studios and Companions have always have a dark history, even with refunds. That said, I love Wacom, they're the best in quality, but not the best in quality/cost . All my current tablets are Wacom. Just that today you get very good and solid/durable enough tablets too in the Huion and XP-Pen brands. I've been painting and doing game artwork (and other fields/industries) as a job for decades, tablets are now part of me, almost. Still, the full control you have with pen and paper, or oils and canvas... IMO, not yet achieved. Not even with the cintiqs. We (now speaking about illustrators only) use all this, digital, because so production is faster.
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    PixelPol got a reaction from TechyBen in Anyone use a Wacom tablet for photos?   
    TL; DR : Do yourself a favor, just get the XP-Pen Deco 03 or Deco Pro.  It's 100$ or 130$, respectively, at Amazon, last time I checked. Only purchase them from the official XP-Pen offers there at Amazon.
     
    I have use Photoshop a lot with both mouse and Wacoms (and other tablets), but somehow in pure photo / image editing I'm faster with the mouse.
    For specific photo retouching, that is,  the usual cloning, healing, refining, retouching in general, masks making, a tablet is quite helpful. I'm more of an illustrator/comic artist/designer/3D artist, but besides that have needed to do tons of retouching works,  the folks I've known working exclusively for retouching models photos for magazines and the like, photo studios, etc, they often tell me a small Wacom is best as you then control all with smaller movement. But these guys are very specialized in very specific tasks, while you will do more varied stuff, surely.  

    IMO, the bigger the size, the higher the accuracy.  I have a very big tablet due to the fact that I often ink comics, and line-art is about the thing requiring more precision, accuracy of the lines. I typically recommend small (S) wacoms for exclusively photo retouch, but in the long run you would regret it, imo. While it is good for pixel art (I did tons of pixel art with a Small back in 2001, an entire PC game (well, the 2D graphics in it), and several mobile games in 2006, again using only a small) , photo retouch and vector artwork, as all of those have workflows that compensate for the lack of precision, I still think the best solution, capable of all situations and needs, and also the greatest price/usefulness ratio  is purchasing a medium size tablet (active area = 10 inches wide). But now alternative brands have caught up with Wacom, and are at a 50% or less of the price, and you get great tablets if buying the right ones, despite not being Wacom. With a medium size (typically one of at least 10 inches wide of ACTIVE AREA (not full size), is listed in the specifications) you can: Do illustration, inking, painting, retouch, vectors, textures, UI, ANYTHING. For a real pro IN ILLUSTRATION AND COMIC (not in photo retouch) I totally recommend better a Wacom Large (L) , or a Display-tablet of at least 22 inches ( is a screen where you draw on), also called Cintiqs and of course, Cintiq alternatives (by Huion and XP-Pen, mostly).
     
    For your budget, and actually, for virtually any artist that can't afford a Wacom Large (L), or an XP-Pen or Huion Display-tablet (cintiq alternatives), a medium size tablet from XP-Pen (my fav) or Huion is the way to go. You must be very sure that whatever the model you pick cover these requirements :
     
    - The pen is battery free. Battery based ones usually can produce more trembling / jittery / wobbly lines, besides you need to charge them.
    - The active area (listed in the product specs) is at least 9.5" (or so) or better, 10" (inches) wide. (they could call it "medium" or not)
    - The pen pressure is at least 1024 levels of pressure. For photo retouch you benefit a lot from more levels. There are cheap ones with 8k levels , today.
    - The brands are : XP-Pen, Huion or Wacom. Wacom is the more sturdy and durable, in my experience and others'. But I'd go for the other two brands today, no real issues. Brands like Veikk, Bosto, etc, well, I set them in another level, personally. Just like Wacom is above all them in building quality, etc.
    - IMO, better if purchased at Amazon (they're serious if there's some issue). Exception made with Wacom. You can buy wacom in their site or a shop, there's no issues. I'd just do NOT recommend purchasing the computer they sell (not only due to the very high cost) , the Mobile Studio or whatever the marketing name they assign to it in the future. Also, once the cpu, ram, etc, gets old with the current software, you loose the tablet, somehow, need to upgrade all as a whole, while a tablet can be used with many computers. I've only heard a considerable number of issues with Wacom's support with their portable laptop-tablets, these Mobile Studios (anyway, 3k is pretty far from your 200, lol, am just giving you a full picture here), while not really a percentage to consider from their classic tablets, or even their cintiqs. It happens a lot more with any other brand. but we are in a point where you'd better go with a classic 100 bucks alternative, safely.
     
    I do not recommend buying used tablets, neither refurbished. That's my personal take at it. If anything, maybe Wacom, but I'd have to check everything well, and have a solid very reliable warranty period. Is NOT like other type of hardware in this regard.
     
    In pricing , the order tends to go like this in every equivalent range of their catalogs, from pricier to more affordable : Wacom -> Huion -> XP-Pen. 
     
    The ones I recommend to everybody are, according to budgets (In any category, you rarely go wrong with any of these 3 brands.) : 
     
    Wacom tends to be better supported by software applications, as has been longer around, more polished drivers, etc. But sincerely, there's rarely any show stopper issue, these days.
     
    - From 50$ to 80 $ : Small : Xp-Pen, Wacom , or Huion. Just be sure the pen is battery-free and at least 1024 levels of pressure. If the requirements above are covered, if you find small models that have an active area BIGGER than Wacom's, but at this price range, this is a key criteria in this range, whatever the brand (only among these, imo) would be preferable over wacom.
    - From 100$ (xp-pen) to aprox. 200$ (wacom M) : Medium, this is my recommendation for YOU (and most hobbyists, and even quite some pros), specially the XP-Pen Deco 03, as it typically is at 100$ in amazon, despite Wacom costing 2x that or so, while the Deco 03 is LARGER in its active area than regular Wacom's medium size. This Deco 03 has 8k levels of pressure, a disc for operations like zoom, brush size, etc (whatever you set in the control panel of the driver's panel), which is quite a pro touch. It has also function buttons in the side. Both features usually removed in Wacom's equivalents in price range and size. The pen is battery-free and very good. It has VERY good reputation among too many artists to offer any doubt for me. There's another with good reputation from them, costs about 130$, the Deco Pro. I'd definitely go with any of these 2 (have more feedback about Deco 03). Not with others in their catalog (maybe yep with the display tablet 22E Pro, but thats about 360 bucks, still a crazy low price for a display tablet). You don't necessarily go wrong with a Huion of similar characteristics if covers the reqs I listed above. I just have not so much direct feedback from those. At this point I definitely recommend a Deco 03 or Pro over a Wacom Medium.
    - 360 to 500$ or so (sorry if I have not been accurate with any of the prices, but they tend to be around this) and beyond (usually till 900, in those I mention here) : Wacom Large, or if going with display-tablets, the Cintiq (NON PRO as the pro line prices go to the roof) 16" or 22" inches are good purchases, or the XP-Pen 22E Pro (22 inches screen tablet). My preference is Wacom Large, as I am very used to classic tablets (non screen tablets) have the trained coordination hand-screen. Some novices will prefer display-pen solutions (or simply iPads of other tablets) as don't want to train this capability. I think it pays in the long run to get used to classic ones, besides are way cheaper and cheaper to replace (so, more sustainable) and healthier in ergonomics (posture, eyesight),  as you can always go from classic to display-tablets (require no skill "upgrade"), but is much harder to improvise the habit of painting on a classic tablet if coming from traditional or cintiqs. For photo retouch, so that you have your pro monitor and etc as an independent device, it is quite convenient to just use classic tablets.
     
    Note: I just realized Xp-Pen has a 700 $ new Display-pen, the 22R, "replacing" (their old models are not removed from catalog, you can purchase them for years) the 22E, which due to this (surely) has gone from 500/600$ to 360$, lol. The new model is quite superior (at least on specs), but one is good to go with the "old" 22E, if care to color calibrate the screen with a hardware color calibrator like color munki, i1 display pro or etc. Which is sth any serious creator should do with his/her monitor, be it a pro monitor or a display-tablet.
     
    PS: I have ZERO relation with XP-Pen, like neither with other hardware vendors. I just recommend what I know is better or has better usability/price ratio (yet being good and professional devices). You are good to go as well with Huion, but I have less feedback from their products. And I've owned 4 Wacom tablets and used a lot more at companies, so I know these very well.
     
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    PixelPol got a reaction from Warrie in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    About that list... not sure if she's (20 she said?) a millennial (gen y) or a gen z (definitions ranges overlap... and definitely, Linus is not a boomer, is gen x, like me... )
    IMO, she wins. Both cringey, and both put Linus to the limit (for some super weird reason, ppl think this is a value itself, lol) , both funny in a way, but actually laughed quite with Madison, dunno exactly why... 
     
     
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    PixelPol reacted to Spotty in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    Floatplane spoilers!
     
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    PixelPol got a reaction from Salv8 (sam) in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    One day newer breeds will tell y'all "shut up millennial old fart" or "get lost gen z trash" (...mwahahaaa... )
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    PixelPol got a reaction from amdorintel in It is worth upgrading to a i7-4790 for video editing   
    Some video editing/rendering apps depend more on the CPU (and among them some utilize all threads, others a reduced number of them...I believe Premiere uses effectively till 10 cores), others get the acceleration by GPU, so this counts, too. It's the CPU, for most. In general benchmarks the 3600 and 2700x are quite much better machines than older ones from so many years ago, for almost everything. For some , single core fastest clock is key, in others the threads count a bit more. It also depends on if you loose more time rendering (edit: seems you want faster rendering) or need the speed-up during editing. Is not the same Premiere than Final Cut, Davinci Resolve, Sony Vegas, etc. In  general the CPU is more important, but in Davinci Resolve is all about the GPU, so a gamer machine could be already a good bet till some point, for that one. The CPU and other components are yet very important in GPU accelerated software, anyway. Considering that in benchmarks, particularly multi threaded loads, the 7700k is left quite behind in comparison to both the 3600x and 2700x, the software being used (as each one seems to make a  somewhat different use of hardware) is a big factor, imo. The (having SSD disks) disk and RAM (After Effects uses a lot of ram in certain type of projects) has its influence, too. In theory one should go for 32GB...but I know, pricey...At least 16gb and 4gb in the v. card.  And at what resolution are you going to work (4k, etc), that's quite a factor (RAM, etc). For editing with Premiere only, maybe is a better road to get an i9 9900k. I just dislike the upgrade path...
     
     
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    PixelPol reacted to Princess Luna in It is worth upgrading to a i7-4790 for video editing   
    Usually the price difference wouldn't be too far from much better up-to-date brand new builds from either Intel or AMD, ultimately if you can pay for the r5 3600 + b450 combo or since you're going to video edit you might have use to quicksync in this case at least an i7 9700 on a b365.
     
    I'd only consider used older hardware as is if you're really saving a lot of money, because if you're going to spend plenty already why not just get the most "value" even if spending a little more.
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    PixelPol reacted to Thready in Anyone use a Wacom tablet for photos?   
    Thanks a bunch for this. I'm going to give it a lot of thought
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    PixelPol reacted to Flying Sausages in Useful Software Megathread   
    @Crunchy Dragon Please add Shotcut free open source video editing software. It is good for a free non watermark open source video editing software.
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    PixelPol got a reaction from Gegger in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    My good old days were more about playing on this one, and in some it could be multiplayer, but involved using a coin :


    Then these came, and you could do "multiplayer", but using same freaking keyboard.


    Although my very first old days games had unlimited multiplayer :



     
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    PixelPol got a reaction from Thready in Anyone use a Wacom tablet for photos?   
    TL; DR : Do yourself a favor, just get the XP-Pen Deco 03 or Deco Pro.  It's 100$ or 130$, respectively, at Amazon, last time I checked. Only purchase them from the official XP-Pen offers there at Amazon.
     
    I have use Photoshop a lot with both mouse and Wacoms (and other tablets), but somehow in pure photo / image editing I'm faster with the mouse.
    For specific photo retouching, that is,  the usual cloning, healing, refining, retouching in general, masks making, a tablet is quite helpful. I'm more of an illustrator/comic artist/designer/3D artist, but besides that have needed to do tons of retouching works,  the folks I've known working exclusively for retouching models photos for magazines and the like, photo studios, etc, they often tell me a small Wacom is best as you then control all with smaller movement. But these guys are very specialized in very specific tasks, while you will do more varied stuff, surely.  

    IMO, the bigger the size, the higher the accuracy.  I have a very big tablet due to the fact that I often ink comics, and line-art is about the thing requiring more precision, accuracy of the lines. I typically recommend small (S) wacoms for exclusively photo retouch, but in the long run you would regret it, imo. While it is good for pixel art (I did tons of pixel art with a Small back in 2001, an entire PC game (well, the 2D graphics in it), and several mobile games in 2006, again using only a small) , photo retouch and vector artwork, as all of those have workflows that compensate for the lack of precision, I still think the best solution, capable of all situations and needs, and also the greatest price/usefulness ratio  is purchasing a medium size tablet (active area = 10 inches wide). But now alternative brands have caught up with Wacom, and are at a 50% or less of the price, and you get great tablets if buying the right ones, despite not being Wacom. With a medium size (typically one of at least 10 inches wide of ACTIVE AREA (not full size), is listed in the specifications) you can: Do illustration, inking, painting, retouch, vectors, textures, UI, ANYTHING. For a real pro IN ILLUSTRATION AND COMIC (not in photo retouch) I totally recommend better a Wacom Large (L) , or a Display-tablet of at least 22 inches ( is a screen where you draw on), also called Cintiqs and of course, Cintiq alternatives (by Huion and XP-Pen, mostly).
     
    For your budget, and actually, for virtually any artist that can't afford a Wacom Large (L), or an XP-Pen or Huion Display-tablet (cintiq alternatives), a medium size tablet from XP-Pen (my fav) or Huion is the way to go. You must be very sure that whatever the model you pick cover these requirements :
     
    - The pen is battery free. Battery based ones usually can produce more trembling / jittery / wobbly lines, besides you need to charge them.
    - The active area (listed in the product specs) is at least 9.5" (or so) or better, 10" (inches) wide. (they could call it "medium" or not)
    - The pen pressure is at least 1024 levels of pressure. For photo retouch you benefit a lot from more levels. There are cheap ones with 8k levels , today.
    - The brands are : XP-Pen, Huion or Wacom. Wacom is the more sturdy and durable, in my experience and others'. But I'd go for the other two brands today, no real issues. Brands like Veikk, Bosto, etc, well, I set them in another level, personally. Just like Wacom is above all them in building quality, etc.
    - IMO, better if purchased at Amazon (they're serious if there's some issue). Exception made with Wacom. You can buy wacom in their site or a shop, there's no issues. I'd just do NOT recommend purchasing the computer they sell (not only due to the very high cost) , the Mobile Studio or whatever the marketing name they assign to it in the future. Also, once the cpu, ram, etc, gets old with the current software, you loose the tablet, somehow, need to upgrade all as a whole, while a tablet can be used with many computers. I've only heard a considerable number of issues with Wacom's support with their portable laptop-tablets, these Mobile Studios (anyway, 3k is pretty far from your 200, lol, am just giving you a full picture here), while not really a percentage to consider from their classic tablets, or even their cintiqs. It happens a lot more with any other brand. but we are in a point where you'd better go with a classic 100 bucks alternative, safely.
     
    I do not recommend buying used tablets, neither refurbished. That's my personal take at it. If anything, maybe Wacom, but I'd have to check everything well, and have a solid very reliable warranty period. Is NOT like other type of hardware in this regard.
     
    In pricing , the order tends to go like this in every equivalent range of their catalogs, from pricier to more affordable : Wacom -> Huion -> XP-Pen. 
     
    The ones I recommend to everybody are, according to budgets (In any category, you rarely go wrong with any of these 3 brands.) : 
     
    Wacom tends to be better supported by software applications, as has been longer around, more polished drivers, etc. But sincerely, there's rarely any show stopper issue, these days.
     
    - From 50$ to 80 $ : Small : Xp-Pen, Wacom , or Huion. Just be sure the pen is battery-free and at least 1024 levels of pressure. If the requirements above are covered, if you find small models that have an active area BIGGER than Wacom's, but at this price range, this is a key criteria in this range, whatever the brand (only among these, imo) would be preferable over wacom.
    - From 100$ (xp-pen) to aprox. 200$ (wacom M) : Medium, this is my recommendation for YOU (and most hobbyists, and even quite some pros), specially the XP-Pen Deco 03, as it typically is at 100$ in amazon, despite Wacom costing 2x that or so, while the Deco 03 is LARGER in its active area than regular Wacom's medium size. This Deco 03 has 8k levels of pressure, a disc for operations like zoom, brush size, etc (whatever you set in the control panel of the driver's panel), which is quite a pro touch. It has also function buttons in the side. Both features usually removed in Wacom's equivalents in price range and size. The pen is battery-free and very good. It has VERY good reputation among too many artists to offer any doubt for me. There's another with good reputation from them, costs about 130$, the Deco Pro. I'd definitely go with any of these 2 (have more feedback about Deco 03). Not with others in their catalog (maybe yep with the display tablet 22E Pro, but thats about 360 bucks, still a crazy low price for a display tablet). You don't necessarily go wrong with a Huion of similar characteristics if covers the reqs I listed above. I just have not so much direct feedback from those. At this point I definitely recommend a Deco 03 or Pro over a Wacom Medium.
    - 360 to 500$ or so (sorry if I have not been accurate with any of the prices, but they tend to be around this) and beyond (usually till 900, in those I mention here) : Wacom Large, or if going with display-tablets, the Cintiq (NON PRO as the pro line prices go to the roof) 16" or 22" inches are good purchases, or the XP-Pen 22E Pro (22 inches screen tablet). My preference is Wacom Large, as I am very used to classic tablets (non screen tablets) have the trained coordination hand-screen. Some novices will prefer display-pen solutions (or simply iPads of other tablets) as don't want to train this capability. I think it pays in the long run to get used to classic ones, besides are way cheaper and cheaper to replace (so, more sustainable) and healthier in ergonomics (posture, eyesight),  as you can always go from classic to display-tablets (require no skill "upgrade"), but is much harder to improvise the habit of painting on a classic tablet if coming from traditional or cintiqs. For photo retouch, so that you have your pro monitor and etc as an independent device, it is quite convenient to just use classic tablets.
     
    Note: I just realized Xp-Pen has a 700 $ new Display-pen, the 22R, "replacing" (their old models are not removed from catalog, you can purchase them for years) the 22E, which due to this (surely) has gone from 500/600$ to 360$, lol. The new model is quite superior (at least on specs), but one is good to go with the "old" 22E, if care to color calibrate the screen with a hardware color calibrator like color munki, i1 display pro or etc. Which is sth any serious creator should do with his/her monitor, be it a pro monitor or a display-tablet.
     
    PS: I have ZERO relation with XP-Pen, like neither with other hardware vendors. I just recommend what I know is better or has better usability/price ratio (yet being good and professional devices). You are good to go as well with Huion, but I have less feedback from their products. And I've owned 4 Wacom tablets and used a lot more at companies, so I know these very well.
     
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    PixelPol reacted to Valaris in Useful Software Megathread   
    Ooh Perfect, i was just looking for something like this. Thanks!
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    PixelPol reacted to Tech_Dreamer in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    TOP 10 ANIME BATTLES
     


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    PixelPol reacted to Pascal... in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    DROP IN 3...2...1 ???
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    PixelPol reacted to Lagercat1 in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    i hate that i can understand that
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    PixelPol got a reaction from Plume7 in Post Linus Memes Here! << -Original thread has returned   
    Plume7, that was brilliant.    (the photo edit and idea)
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    PixelPol reacted to clean in Stackoverflow survey reveals growing interest in Linux   
    Linux always seems to be in the news for stuff like this. Honestly as a CS student (probably the demographic of most users on Stack overflow) the idea of linux is awesome... but learning it takes time and patience... a trait that most of my fellow students dont seem to have ;). 
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