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  • Fri, Feb 19 2021 11:50 PM

    • Nstiles
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    Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    Need some pro advice please. FINALLY at the point where it's time to upgrade from my current HPz440 (still a pretty darn good workstation). But I fear that most of it's components are going to become more obsolete as time progresses. 

    Looking for feedback as to the best Windows based workstation to choose. I've got Avid's qualified PC list but I want actual editor opinions as to what they use, what works for you, etc.  Couple things:

    NOT interested in going Mac. Nothing personal..I'm just an "old geezer" of an editor who prefers PC

    AND..I'm not interested in building my own. I've had a couple specially built computers in the past and had issues each time

    so I'm looking for the best pre-built workstation. As you can see from my specs..I'm way past due for an upgrade!

    My current specs are listed below. I know I can trust this group of great editors and pros to guide me in the right direction. "Googling" it has done nothing.

    THANKS!!!

     

    Current Specs: HP Z440, Media Composer 2018.8, 32GB Ram, WIN 7 pro, 64-bit OS, Nvidia Quadro K2200 4GB, Intel Xeon CPU-E5 1650 v3 3.5ghz 6 cores, 12 threads, 15mb cache

  • Sat, Feb 20 2021 2:41 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    Hi trying to help you I found a little difficult to do it.

    What you are asking is kind of an editro opinions? I would understand it when people compare their own experience on machines they built by their own, but for pre built ones, i don't find too many advices to give you.

    I think the best approach could be, where you happy with HP's performance? If yes, look into HPs quilified workstations.

    Than, is muy budget enough to jump from series 4 to 8 on HP models? once you define that you can go to Avid's Configuration Guidelines and Slot Configurations PDFs and check first minimum supported version for each of them, then check inside thhe guides which ones Avid marked as the good, beeter and best performances... and whichever you can afford will be alright.

    Keeping in the same segment, these are 2 options for you:

    Tower

    http://resources.avid.com/supportfiles/config_guides/AVID%20HP%20Z4G4%20Config%20guide%20Rev%20K.pdf

    or rack

    http://resources.avid.com/supportfiles/config_guides/AVID%20HP%20Z4R%20Config%20guide%20Rev%20A.pdf

    Hope this helps buddy.

    Cheers!

     

     

     

     

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  • Sat, Feb 20 2021 4:51 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    I'd go with a newer HP Z machine. 

    64gb ram a newer Nvidia card.

    8 to 10 cores with as high a clock speed as you can afford.

    SSD boot drive.

    Raided internal spinners for media are nice (cheap and large) 

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  • Sat, Feb 20 2021 5:26 PM In reply to

    • Nstiles
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    Re: Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    Thanks folks! THis gets me going in the right direction. 

    Thanks for the assist!

  • Sat, Feb 20 2021 11:34 PM In reply to

    • Nstiles
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    Re: Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    Thanks fr the link! Appreciate ya!

  • Sun, Feb 21 2021 12:25 AM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    What kind of work are you doing on it? If it's just run of the mill HD stuff then I wouldn't even change the workstation - like you said, it's still really good. Just upgrade the RAM and GFX card maybe. No point spending extra cash if it's not really necessary.  

    Andi

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  • Sun, Feb 21 2021 1:36 AM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    I'm producing full res HD and some 4k (but not very much) for Youtube and web videos. Also some freelance post work on some Discovery network shows.  Also running full Adobe Creative Cloud (premiere, photoshop, AE etc). I'm maxed out on my updates for Premiere and AE (running WIn 7 Pro).  I'ts time to upgrade anyway. I'll still keep this machine for storage and office. Might even do a clean update to Win 10 Pro and use it as a Adobe CC/graphics and storage workstation? 

     

    thanks for the reply!

  • Mon, Feb 22 2021 7:59 PM In reply to

    • Laffal
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    Re: Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    Hi Diego & All,

    I am considering too to upgrade my actual Dell 7810 into a smaller workstation like HP Z2 Mini G5 Workstation.

    What do you think? Could be a good solution for HD & UHD editing projects for you?

    It is part of  approved workstation list.

    BR 

     

    MEDIA COMPOSER 8.9.4 SYS ON DELL PRECISION 7810 - AUDIO CARD: IDT - VIDEO CARD: NVIVIA QUADRO K4200 [view my complete system specs]

    Thx a lot & BR

    Alberto Laffi

  • Mon, Feb 22 2021 9:41 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    Hi Laffal

    Everything is relative, which HD and which UHD? Which btirate, in which container? How many layers? Which playback quiality? etc. etc. etc.

    I would say definitively no to UHD for high end workflows... and you could do some HD....

    Look at avid specs for a Z8... 

     

    * Media Composer 2021.2 * Interplay | Production 3.8.1 * MediaCentral Cloud UX 2020.9 * iNews 2020.9 * Interplay Archive 3.8 * PSE 3.8

  • Tue, Mar 9 2021 6:17 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer Workstation Upgrade suggestions

    Qvest Media and Avid launched this HP workstation configurator.

    https://avid.qvestmedia.com/en/hp-workstation-configurator/?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hp-workstation-en

    Enjoy it!

    Cheers!

    * Media Composer 2021.2 * Interplay | Production 3.8.1 * MediaCentral Cloud UX 2020.9 * iNews 2020.9 * Interplay Archive 3.8 * PSE 3.8

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