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Anyone using the HDR module in StarTools 1.8.515 Public Alpha? If so, is it slow for you?


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Hi all, 

I'm trying to get to grips with the new HDR module in StarTools latest alpha release. 

I know alpha releases change, and I'm really hoping this one does, because I'm finding it almost unusable it's so slow. 

Anyone else finding this? Any workarounds or settings that fix this? 

I've documented it here: https://forum.startools.org/viewtopic.php?t=2357

Thanks, Brendan 

 

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The best workaround is to use a computer that can utilise the power of the Gpu version, there is a lot of number crunching hence  Ivo has already set the best route in developing the gpu version first, I will try on my processing pc later on my laptop yes it takes time but to be expected on a pc without a dedicated gpu . 
 

regards Dave 

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I'd say it's fairly long - definitely disruptive for a workflow, in which you want to try different settings.

If you read my thread at the StarTools forum, you'll see that, at the higher settings, it doesn't budge from the first progress bar.

I'm really hoping this changes. I don't think my machines are terribly low-end. 

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Yep, I agree. The latest alpha HDR module is a step backwards for me. To be clear this is using a GPU version, the new module is very heavy on CPU usage on load, even on the GPU accelerated version.

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I'm kind of stuck now. I don't want to have to shell out for a new rig just for this module. Only other choices are to skip HDR, move on from StarTools, or roll back to the previous version, which I've done but then obviously won't be able to take advantage of future developments. 

I guess we wait to see what Ivo decides to do between the alpha and final release.

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If you have a desktop there are some budget GPU options that will make a difference, even in today's GPU market.

But this is an alpha, so I'd suggest you give the feedback and see what the actual release brings.

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Thanks, I do have a desktop PC and I might look into upgrading rather than a new setup. And yes, you're right, it's an alpha release so fingers crossed.

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