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  • Fri, Jun 25 2010 12:34 PM

    System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    Some features of Media Composer, Symphony, and Newscutter have specific system requirements in order to perform properly. This chart explains each feature and what the requirements are.

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  • Fri, Jun 25 2010 6:05 PM In reply to

    • BarkinMadd
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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    This is an interesting list, however, it basically reads 'use the fastest 8 core machine you can get'. The problem I have with this is that I have yet to see MC make use of multi-core the way, for example, TmpGENC can. I'll have to try QuickTime AMA and watch the cores to see what's being done. Maybe the Engineers at Avid have made better use of multi-core processors with the release of MC 5?

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  • Fri, Jun 25 2010 6:33 PM In reply to

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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    I agree, but I also think it's at least nice to have a sort of feature-based recommended system requirements. So if I know I'm going to want to use AMA with RED I know what kind of system I'll be looking at. 

    This should probably be part of the 'normal' system requirements too: http://www.avid.com/US/products/Media-Composer-Software/system-requirements

  • Mon, Jun 28 2010 3:31 PM In reply to

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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    Is there any official comment on i7 processors and MC5?

     

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  • Mon, Jun 28 2010 3:50 PM In reply to

    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    BarkinMadd:
    I have with this is that I have yet to see MC make use of multi-core

    AMA-link to an R3D file and hit play. 8 cores pumping at 98%.

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  • Mon, Jun 28 2010 3:58 PM In reply to

    • mjolnarn
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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    Job ter Burg:

    BarkinMadd:
    I have with this is that I have yet to see MC make use of multi-core

    AMA-link to an R3D file and hit play. 8 cores pumping at 98%.

    and I have seen 85 - 90 % usage on all four cores when rendering CC and stabilizing together

     

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  • Wed, Jun 30 2010 8:50 AM In reply to

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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    Is it also the case with virtual cores (i7 with HyperThreading on)?

    In a nutshell, is it beneficial to turn on HT on core i7 (quad core) processors?

    edit: Just noticed the answer is in the link at the top of this thread. I should have checked...

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  • Sun, Jul 4 2010 12:12 PM In reply to

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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    For the sake of information, I thought I would report some performace testing I performed on two systems.

    System 1: dual quad core, 2.9Ghz, Intel X48 mobo, 8Gb RAM, Quadro FX3800 videocard, SATA hard drives, internal SATA RAID 0 drive used for writing AMC files.

    System 2: HP 8740w, i7-820 quadcore(1.73/3.06 GHz), hyperthreading on, 12Gb RAM, Quadro FX3800 videocard, system drive SSD, second hard drive SATA, external RAID 0 drive used for writing AMC files.

     

    My test was to AMA-link to a video file from a CF card with an AVCHD file recorded on a Canon 7D. After linking, I transcoded to DNx220x. I obtained, to my surprise, the following result:

    system 1: 36 seconds

    system 2: 45 seconds

     

    As a side note, the external SATA connection on the HP8740w does not work with external RAID drives. I connected the RAID 0 drives via a SATA adapter in the ExpressCard slot.

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  • Tue, Jul 6 2010 5:18 PM In reply to

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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    Hi

     

    so a core i7 930 is not enough to edit AVCHD files recorded on a Canon 7D?

     

    Regards

    Ugo

     

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  • Thu, Jul 8 2010 2:07 AM In reply to

    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    DSLR's files are not AVCHD. They are H264 (45-50mbit/sec) .mov files.

     

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  • Thu, Jul 8 2010 5:50 PM In reply to

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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    Hi,

     

    and a core i7 930 is enough to edit it?

     

    regards

    Ugo

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  • Thu, Jul 15 2010 11:09 PM In reply to

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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    Hi

    here my final hardware list for Mc5 (hoping to be able to capture from my old Dv camera an my Hv30 one)

    Motherboard: Asus P6X58D Premiun

    Cpu: Core i7 930

    Ram: Corsair 12 GB

    Vga: Quadro F1800

    Hard disks:

     Adaptec 5805 Sas controller

        - Fujitsu sas 15K 147 GB for the operating system

       -  Seagate sas Cheetah 15K5 300GB for media folder

        - Seagate sas Cheetah 15K5 73GB for other media stuff

    Sound card: Auzentech X-Meridian (asio 2.0 compatible)

     

    O.S: Windows Seven Professional 64 Bit

     

    Suggestions?

    Regards

    Ugo

     

     

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  • Fri, Jul 16 2010 12:55 AM In reply to

    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    Just thought I'd throw my hand in the ring if anyone is looking at this thread to find fuctional system configurations. I have an AMD Phenom II x6 processor, which has six cores at 2.8 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, and an ATI Radeon HD5670 graphics card.

    My system is not officially supported by Avid, and I bought all the parts separately and built it myself, and MC5 runs fine; no performance issues, nothing. Avid DVD seems unstable, but I don't know if that's a hardware problem (I doubt it).

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  • Fri, Jul 16 2010 12:39 PM In reply to

    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    I think that RAID 0 from SATA III could be better than SAS.

    I don't know how SAS disks will perform.

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  • Tue, Jul 20 2010 8:41 PM In reply to

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    Re: System Recommendations for Media Composer Feature Performance

    I'm using SAS drives and I've used then in a variety of configurations - from OS boot drives to RAID0 (my set-up at the moment). I've got 2 Fujitsu 15K SAS 147GB, 1 Seagate 15K SAS 147GB and 1 Hitachi 15K SAS 147GB too. The Fujitsu's are the best, certainly in terms of noise - they're veryquiet. The Seagate on is quiet too and the Hitachi is the noisest. The Fujitu are the fastest with around 90MB/sec, followed by Hitachi at around 85MB/sec and Seagate at around 80MB/sec.

    The other thing to note with SAS drives is that the firmware is designed to give you poor small file size performance but really good large file size performance. In my experinece they were good as boot drives. Right now, I have a WD 640GB Black SATAIII, although my board only supports SATAII. I would say, I feel a bit more zip in the SAS over SATA drives. However, I can easily get more than 90MB/sec out of the WD Black drives.

    That's a serious RAID card youre considering too. If I'm not mistaken, because of the heat the card can generate, you need to make sure you have the required airflow in your system. You might want to check the Adaptec specs/wesbsite. I'm looking for a RAID card so I can stop using the rather limited LSI 1068 built-in  on my Dell 690 which is limited to around 250MHz.

    I agree with George: on balance, I would go down a SATA route next time. I would probably also opt for an external box such as those from G-Tech to put all my media on. They've got guaranteed performance and they supply the whole thing with the RAID card too. Worth a look.

    Regards

    Mohammed

     

     

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