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  • Wed, Jul 19 2017 11:01 PM

    • mnbkyle
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    Best Machine for 24/7 Transcoding of AMA Media?

    I'm looking to purchase a machine - with SAS nearline storage attached - that will essentially only have two functions:

    1) Transcode full-res media to low bitrate proxies fit for our editors.

    2) Relinking Proxies of finished edits back to full-res.

     

    What would you recommend the best machine for 24/7 transcoding would be? z420, 820, etc?

     

    Any input appreciated!

    -Kyle

  • Sat, Jul 22 2017 6:17 AM In reply to

    • luca.mg
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    Re: Best Machine for 24/7 Transcoding of AMA Media?

    Any good workstation will do, but if time is an issue, get the most powerful one You can afford. I have an older i7 for h24 transcoding and it's OK, but a Xeon HP box would beat it as for speed.

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  • Sat, Jul 22 2017 8:47 AM In reply to

    • cls105
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    Re: Best Machine for 24/7 Transcoding of AMA Media?

    8 cores minimum since you're using to transcode.

    Intel's 8 core 7820x just came out. $600 cpu

    the 10 core ver. is 1,000

    The 18 core will come out later this year.

    Might aswell jump on the new generation of highend cpus x299. More bang for buck, but I'm not sure if the manufactures have released computers with the same parts I could buy myself today.

    My ryzen 1700 is actually a d@mn good transcoder, but cant playback and edit very well :/.  So im going x299 once they come out with matx motherboards.

    Im sure in the next few months avid will qualify a computer with a new x299 cpu.

    where are you located?

    DIY intel 7820x, asus x299-e mainboard, Quadchan 64gb ram, win10 home 64bit creators, 1080ti, Blackmagic Intensity 4k. The latest Media Composer. [view my complete system specs]
  • Sun, Jul 23 2017 7:25 PM In reply to

    • Lukas Boeck
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    Re: Best Machine for 24/7 Transcoding of AMA Media?

    me thinks AMD Threadripper.

     

    out august 10th.

    MC 8.4.4 Cusom bulid Supermicro X9SRL-F, 32 Gig Ram, 3ware 9750 6x6TB Seagate EC Drives, LSI 9207 + LTO-6, Mojo DX, Artist Color, Flanders CM240, GTX 1070... [view my complete system specs]
  • Mon, Jul 24 2017 12:53 AM In reply to

    • DStone
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    Re: Best Machine for 24/7 Transcoding of AMA Media?

    Before you go out and get a threadripper, or even an i9, look to see what your thread and core usage is when rendering (including on the fly for playback) before hand. Unless you're seeing a lot of threads in use from MC, then you won't gain much advantage. In which case a faster CPU is better than more cores.

    DIY quad core I7-4790K, 16Gb, NVidia GTX 970 4GB, Win 10 Pro, MC 8.7, MC 7.x [view my complete system specs]

    Dave S.

  • Wed, Aug 2 2017 1:33 AM In reply to

    • cls105
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    Re: Best Machine for 24/7 Transcoding of AMA Media?

    I built a ryzen 1700 machine in march.  I can tell you, its great for transcoding, but not very good for editing.

    Its a little choppy with full screen playback and media composer seemed a tad bit buggy.

    So I went back to my Intel 4790k build.  But I'm going to build an x299 7820x machine in the next week or so.

    I pretty much edit every day, one project after the next, but I love tinkering around building new machines.

     

    oops i just noticed I repeated myself.  Nothing has changed apparently.  People talking about threadripper mad me want to warn people.  Believe me, I was very open to using amd and Avid, but they just don't play that well together yet.

    Everyone seems to be taking amd more seriously now, so i hope avid starts optimizing for it.

    DIY intel 7820x, asus x299-e mainboard, Quadchan 64gb ram, win10 home 64bit creators, 1080ti, Blackmagic Intensity 4k. The latest Media Composer. [view my complete system specs]
  • Wed, Aug 2 2017 8:20 AM In reply to

    Re: Best Machine for 24/7 Transcoding of AMA Media?

    Contrary to much of the advice I'd avoid a speed demon machine and go with a rock solid HP Z840.

    I'd have thought stability was just as important as speed. No good having a fast machine if it crashes.

    You need good cooling and airflow. Robust fans that will run for months on end. The HP machines are real work horses and designed for just such tasks.

    With a Z840 you can run internal RAID storage for very fast access.

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