The Samurai is only receiving the VIDEO output from your camera and does not receive any file naming info from the camera in that video stream. Samurai names files using the format of UNITNAME_SCENE_SHOT_TAKE, such as SAMURAI_S001_S001_T001.mov.
Great question. In short, MAX does not accelerate the rendering of any effects - it only kicks in for the final export to H.264 and assumes any "red bar" areas of your sequence have been pre-rendered. Therefore, the export performance of MAX has remained constant. There are, however, a number of other factors to consider. In an effort to elaborate past 500 characters, we've posted a more thorough response to our blog. Hope it helps! sharbor (dot) com/products-xtra/2230.html
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