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  • Tue, Apr 27 2010 12:40 PM

    • Valary
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    Upgrade PC or Buy New for MC

     

    I have bought the Avid Media Composer 4 Upgrade as I think it is a gift.Smile I will upgrade to Composer 5  for editing files from Canon 5D Mark 2 and Canon Legria HF21 camera which produces AVCHD files.

     

    My Computer was built  for Avid Liquid Pro. I used a shopping list from an Avid user and had the PC built. It has been and still is great.

     I have enjoyed using it for many years as a creative hobby, using Mini DV Tapes and working on some VHS & Hi8 analogue tape conversion for friends. I need to continue to do this.

     

     My computer is not up to the requirements of MC. BUT Is it upgradeable? and if so what do I need buy to change it. If  not could some one send me a shopping list to have a new one built?. 

      I could buy an approved HP Z400 workstation. PC tower only with my own MC software installed for £2,220  

     

    I have tried the trial version of Pinnacle Studio 14. Whilst it’s Ok and worked great taking in the .264 and AVCHD files (of course with my computer spec’s they did stutter along on play back). After using Avid Liquid it is very limited. Also to work with HD I would  still need a better computer.

     

    How do I capture analogue footage into MC?  Or can I have Liquid Pro with my Pro Bob on the same PC?

    System Information Operating System:64-bit, Windows 7 Pro, Media Composer 5. HP Z400 workstation,Graphics card NVQFX3800, Ram 6.00 GB LG BH10LS30 Blu... [view my complete system specs]
  • Tue, Apr 27 2010 1:09 PM In reply to

    Re: Upgrade PC or Buy New for MC

    MC4 cuts my 550D's files fine as it is now. Only the import is slow.

    But to handle those files with dignity you will need the fastest processor you can get.

    The files are 45mbit/s when HDV files are only 25mbit/s.

    With what you have now, it will be a real pain to get 1 stream in RT.

    Desktop PC

     

    Corsair RM750X|Asus P8Z68 Deluxe(Gen3)|i7 2600K@4.4|Corsair 32G DDR3|PNY Quadro P2000(390.77)|Samsung 850 Pro SSD(OS) 256 GB|2x2TB WD RE4@RAID 0|2x500GB Mushkin SSD@RAID 0|LG BH16NS40|W10 Pro 64bit|Media Composer Software 2018.12 with Symphony Option on Dongle|2xHP 22'' Monitors|M-Audio AV30 Speakers.

     

    Larry as long as I live I will remember you.

     

    3 Heads Digital Films

  • Tue, Apr 27 2010 2:22 PM In reply to

    • adamsonn
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    Re: Upgrade PC or Buy New for MC

    Hello

    Not sure if this will help - but I was going to run AL7.2 and MC on the same machine and I think like many others here I got it to work.

    But in the long run I decided to install MC on its own new machine and keep my AL7.2 setup on the existing machine - specifically for analog capture - which I still do a lot of and those projects I complete on AL7.

    All other projects where I generally log video through the firewire connection  I do using MC on the new MC machine 

    It is not entirely to Avids specified MC spec- it runs a non approved card but it works and it is the main editing workhorse. (V reliable)

    The bonus for me here is because I bought the production suite when I upgraded to MC4 I have the older (but still very good) versions of Avid FX, and Sorenson installed on the AL7 machine.

    Often I find myself using this machine to do Avid FX work and then I render them to the MC machine for import into MC4.

    Also if you set your drive mappings right you can also encode Quicktime reference files created on one machine on another machine, so often I do Mpeg/Flash/DVD encoding on this machine as well.

    The only one that cannot run on this machine is the Sonic DVD program as it requires the MC dongle to be present, but I bought DVDIT pro a while back and this also runs on the AL7 machine soI make my DVD's here as well. (Unless I export them directly from MC, then I still use the MC machine for this).

    This setip frees up the MC machine substantially and it lets me get on with editing.

    I would recommend getting a new machine.

    Cheers

    Neil

    MC6 machine: Intel Core i7 Asus P8-H67 64 bit Motherboard 1*1Tb SATA drive - partitioned to C (OS and programs) and D (data) drive 1*1TB SATA drive... [view my complete system specs]
  • Wed, May 5 2010 8:35 PM In reply to

    • SussexJohn
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    Re: Upgrade PC or Buy New for MC

    Hi Val

    I'm guessing and hoping that you live in the UK, otherwise this is reduntant!

    I am / was in the exact same position as you, except i only use HDV format cameras.  I was quoted a specialist video editing computer company the same price for a new 'approved' pc and the same price as you for a not-approved but know to work with MC PC.  They also quoted me to upgrade the Motherboard, the CPU, the graphics card, the RAM and add a blueray drive.  Total cost £1200.

    I also wrote to them before going with the upgrade, and asked if there was any component that the guy who made the quote would improve upon.  He explained that for running more programs 8gb, not 6gb of RAM would help, but that MC would not benefit.  He also said that if I did lots of PIP, a faster quad graphics card would be better.  However, he said that overall, given the work I do (weddings), he would go with the £1200 set up.

    If you are interested I can give you their details.  They are based in Brighton, but serve the UK.  I have used them for all of my editing computing needs, and they have always been really good.

    Hope that helps

    MC5.0.3.8, win7 64 pro, Matrox mini 02, Gigabit X58A mb, i7 Q930 2.83GHz, Nvidia Quadro FX 1800, 6Gb 1066 ram, 2 1Tb video HD, 500gb 7200 system HD, 1tb... [view my complete system specs]

    SussexJohn

  • Mon, Jun 7 2010 2:38 PM In reply to

    • Valary
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    Re: Upgrade PC or Buy New for MC

    Thank you for answering my question. I have orded a new workstation. HP Z400 (Avid Authorised specification) with MC 5 installed when it is released on the 10th June. I enjoyed watching your video's  

     

    System Information Operating System:64-bit, Windows 7 Pro, Media Composer 5. HP Z400 workstation,Graphics card NVQFX3800, Ram 6.00 GB LG BH10LS30 Blu... [view my complete system specs]
  • Mon, Jun 7 2010 4:44 PM In reply to

    Re: Upgrade PC or Buy New for MC

    Can't go wrong with a qualified PC.

    But in any case we are all here.

    Desktop PC

     

    Corsair RM750X|Asus P8Z68 Deluxe(Gen3)|i7 2600K@4.4|Corsair 32G DDR3|PNY Quadro P2000(390.77)|Samsung 850 Pro SSD(OS) 256 GB|2x2TB WD RE4@RAID 0|2x500GB Mushkin SSD@RAID 0|LG BH16NS40|W10 Pro 64bit|Media Composer Software 2018.12 with Symphony Option on Dongle|2xHP 22'' Monitors|M-Audio AV30 Speakers.

     

    Larry as long as I live I will remember you.

     

    3 Heads Digital Films

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