GeForce GTX 960 and After Effects Ray Traced 3D and CUDA (not) working

Well, I bought a new MSI GeForce GTX 960 not only for Gaming, but for Video Editing as well.
I thought that a GeForce GTX 960 should do the trick as it is expensive enough in my opinion and as I am not doing professional high end video editing
it should give me enough of a boost compared to my old GeForce card.

So I installed the new card and started up some games which would work way better than before.

Glad to see, so the only thing left to check was After Effects:
Opened it up, checked preferences and to my surprise it said “unsupported card”…
I checked the option to use an unsupported card, threw some drone video in and hit it with a 3D Tracker…
The result was some errors starting with Initial shader compile failed. (5070::0)

Great job — I bought a card that would NOT work with After Effects, as being stated in this article.

But luckily, after I updated to After Effects CC 13.6 it WOULD WORK!

So people : If you are running into these problems, just update to the new After Effects version and you should be fine!

In the Adobe Change Log it says : “The OptiX library from Nvidia is being updated on Windows, which adds the ability for Maxwell-architecture GPUs (e.g., GTX 970, GTX 980) to be used for the ray-traced 3D renderer on Windows.”
Check it here under “miscellaneous new and changed features”.

FUN! A really cheap RC Micro Quadrocopter Drone for under 20€ (Cheerson CX-10)

It has been a while I bought my Phantom 2 Vision Plus Drone, which is actually awesome for making decent videos and photos from the sky.  Before that DJI Phantom I owned a Parrot AR Drone 2 which was quite impressive too at that time, but the way you could fly these things was quite hard.

The AR Drone did not respond that well but the Phantom did that job way better, but due to the fact that it was way more powerful than the AR Drone 2 it could get pretty dangerous to fly (although the AR Drone was the one to freak out with no reason all the time) – so I decided pretty quickly to always get out of reach of people and buildings or streets, get an insurance and go easy with it (and you should do that, too!).

All these things take money and effort:

  • Buy a Drone for 1200 bucks
  • Read the fuckin´ manual
  • Read the fuckin´ manual twice
  • Get a proper Insurance for around 100 bucks
  • Go somewhere with much space and few people & infrastructure (which sometimes does not correspond with the scenes you might wanna film – don´t even think about festivals or stuff without having permissions by some authorities)

If you are just keen on flying a remote controlled verhicle with 4 propellers (commonly known as quadrocopters) there is a much better and way cheaper alternative for that. You might not want to spend 1500,- for the DJI Phantom III to start with flying quadcopters.

The following video is me playing around with the Cheerson CX-10 Quadrocopter after practicing a few days.

It is real fun – I mean REAL FUN.

Almost every male human being that I showed this little quadcopter, did own one 1 or 3 days later (depending on if they had a Prime Account or not).

Right now I own two of them because after around 500 crashes (which is probably an understatement) I thought I might buy a new one for the case I break the first one.

Both of them are alive, but I notice some strange behaviour on both of them as they crashed around infinite times, now.

Still remember: This was an investment of 20 Euros and boy ! They are worth it.

If you do

Buy it here at Amazon

or buy the Cheerson CX-10 at Banggood.

If you are interested in other RC Toys (Water, Land, Air) just visit Banggood:

The Lexus Hoverboard has arrived

The Lexus Hoverboard has arrived and when I watched the video all my expectations have been fulfilled.

It does NOT look like fun , cause it seems to float to the sides and the guys riding it (who seem to be at least good, if not professional skateboarders) have some real problems to just keep balance and stay on track.



When I read about it I found out, that this skatepark, that looks like a regular modern world skatepark had to be modified with metal underneath the concrete to make the hoverboard work – and that´s what makes it worse:

With a skateboard you have the opportunity to skate almost everything in this world and that´s what the hoverboards idea acutally was – skate every ground no matter if it´s concrete or water, sand or an acre. In my opinion technology is still not that far and it´ll be some years until a product like this will be suitable for consumers.

Gravity is still better defeated with a real skateboard (in the good or the bad way) and that´s what I´m staying with – a real skateboard!





As I just noticed from watching the commercial for the Hoverboard it does not seem to be much fun to people actually trying it as well.

But judge for yourself:

Windows 10 on Surface Pro 3

The Windows 10 Update is now available and as I  signed for the update with several of my PCs I checked this morning.

On my Laptop the Update Tool said, that there is no info that it´ll run on this machine, so it was recommended to wait for it.

But on the Surface Pro 3 the message said, that it had been download and verified to run on that machine and I could start the update.

As I just made an image of the SSD yesterday, so I had a backup of the old system if things would crash, I gave it a try.

After hitting the Update button it took less than half an hour (I think) and Windows 10 was up and running.

Most of the software I commonly use seems to run well by now, but I did not try everything and as most of my software on the Tablet is from Adobe and they released updates yesterday (probably for full Win10 compatibility) this is no big wonder.

However there might be some updates of problems wihtin the next days, when I tried everything.

The Surface Pro 3 seems to run Win 10 pretty well, which you should be allowed to expect, as this is one of the first Microsoft Hardware devices. So you can bet they will make the new Windows run flawlessly on these things.

If you detach or flip back the type cover Windows does ask you now if it should switch to tablet mode, which can be a nice thing, but I chose to switch to tablet mode manually as I still make heavy use of the regular desktop and now again of the start menu which came back with Windows 10.

The tablet mode says, that touch input will be better in this one and I think I even noticed a better performance of the Surface Pen in tablet mode. Don´t know if that really has something to do with it.

Anyhow – right now Windows 10 on the Surface Pro 3 is a good update in comparison to Windows 8.1 – and I hope that my opinion won´t change by unexpected bugs or other difficulties.

But my laptop that I use for my professional work, will continue running Win 8.1 for quite a while I guess, as I do not wanna destroy my workingspace.

Will try Win 10 in a Virtual Machine there 😉