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  • Wed, Oct 25 2017 3:42 AM

    • bushfilm
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    Help with computer issue

    I am working on a friends MC 7.0.4 system, computer specs listed below and have noticed than when working with linked 1080P 24frame footage, there seems to be a lot of stuttering and difficult playback issues, even at the lowest playback resolution setting. Is this a RAM issue or is something else going on? I don't seem to remember having these problems, although I can't remember if that past footage was linked or fully imported to hard drive. This version of MC is old, I know but has worked well in the past. Take a look at specs and tell me what you think.

     

    i7 Processor

    16 gigs RAM

     SSD for OS, Windows 7 Pro

    1tb hard drive for media

    1tb external drive also for media

    nVidia Geforce graphics card, an 8600, I think

     All drivers updated recently

     

  • Thu, Oct 26 2017 3:19 PM In reply to

    • luca.mg
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    Re: Help with computer issue

    Win 7 & MC 7 and i7 was a solid performer, but for smooth playback a single drive could not be up to the task, a two disks RAID 0 would be much preferred, and if the external drive is USB that's a bottleneck, especially true for USB 2. Other than the processor the motherboard is at stake, there are many flavours of i7, driven by different chipsets, and the GeForce could be the faulty bit, You'll have to thinker with the driver, the latest is not always the best in conjunction with MC.

    Symphony 2018.5, BM Intensity Pro 4k, Windows 10, i7-5930K, 32 GB ram, Quadro K620 [view my complete system specs]

    peace luca

  • Thu, Oct 26 2017 7:47 PM In reply to

    • bushfilm
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    Re: Help with computer issue

    Well, you nailed it. I was trying to use an external drive through USB 3.0, but apparently this wasn't fast enough for full HD video. I imported the clips to an internal 1tb drive, did some re-editing as a test, and lo and behold, the clips played back fine, no problems with the timeline or anything. So, I guess the story here is that a SATA II (6gbs) internal drive is fast enough, but not anything USB 3.0, which I thought should have been fast enough to work.

    I agree that a RAID 0 array would probably be even better and I intend to move to that in the near future. Thanks for your help!

  • Thu, Oct 26 2017 7:53 PM In reply to

    • luca.mg
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    Re: Help with computer issue

    Glad to know You're on!

    Symphony 2018.5, BM Intensity Pro 4k, Windows 10, i7-5930K, 32 GB ram, Quadro K620 [view my complete system specs]

    peace luca

  • Thu, Oct 26 2017 8:36 PM In reply to

    • jef
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    Re: Help with computer issue

    bushfilm:

    Well, you nailed it. I was trying to use an external drive through USB 3.0, but apparently this wasn't fast enough for full HD video. 

    Well, that is not totally true.  The issue is that USB 3.0 can be lied about.  An external drive might have USB 3.0 connections, but only slow drive inside.  Check the full specs of the drive in question.

    Jef

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