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  • Mon, Nov 28 2022 10:10 PM

    • Aidan21
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    Running Media Composer on Unqualified Hardware

    Hi all,

     

    I've got a Macbook Pro 16'' M1 with 16 gigabytes of RAM. The qualified hardware PDF on Avid's site says I'd need a Macbook Pro with 32 gigs of RAM. Is there any chance I could run Media Composer on my laptop, or is the qualified hardware dead set?

     

    Thanks,

    Aidan

  • Tue, Nov 29 2022 11:39 AM In reply to

    Re: Running Media Composer on Unqualified Hardware

    Hi Aidan, 

    You'll be fine. 

    It might not run as well as a system with 32GB but will run more or less okay. Always best to do system-specific tests, each system performs slightly differently.

    Editing Movie Magic.

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    Media Composer Ultimate 2022.7 | Pro Tools Studio 2022.7 | Avid Play | Sibelius Artist 2022.7

  • Tue, Nov 29 2022 2:11 PM In reply to

    • Mike Brodeur
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    Re: Running Media Composer on Unqualified Hardware

    There is a difference with the M1 Mac systems.  These systems share memory between the Video (GPU) and the rest of the system.  The effect is that you will actually have less than 32 GB of memory for use by programs.   Running Media Composer in that configuration is possible but it's not something I would want to do.

  • Thu, Dec 1 2022 3:42 PM In reply to

    • DIESELE
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    Re: Running Media Composer on Unqualified Hardware

    Im having trouble with my home built PC system after 5 years and supected faulty RAM.  So, I just left one stick in it of 8Gb and am editing a 9 multicam prog with no issues (as I build my replacement).  More ram is good but if you have an M2 SSD for OS it seems to have no knock on effect for me.  V surprised.

    Symphony 2018.12.10, Blackmagic Intensity Pro 11.1 (unsatisfactory in full res UHD though for client monitor), WIN 10 on 2500Mbps M.2 SSD, Nvidia Quadro K4200, Asus X99-A Mobo, i7 5820K 4.0 GHz Hex core mildly overclocked CPU, 32Gb 2800 Mhz RAM, WD Black 8Tb RAID10 array @ 450Mbs

     

     

  • Thu, Dec 1 2022 5:27 PM In reply to

    Re: Running Media Composer on Unqualified Hardware

    Mike Brodeur:

    There is a difference with the M1 Mac systems.  These systems share memory between the Video (GPU) and the rest of the system.  The effect is that you will actually have less than 32 GB of memory for use by programs.   Running Media Composer in that configuration is possible but it's not something I would want to do.

     

    That architecture also seems to lead to a more efficient RAM usage. Not to mention that MC is not very GPU demanding both in compute and VRAM.

    16GB will be fine, especially for HD.

     

    MC 2022, W11, ASUS z690m, Intel 13900K, Gigabyte 3080Ti Waterforce, 128GB RAM, Samsung 980 Pro M2 SSD, BM Mini monitor & Dell UP2718Q. MBP 2019, Big... [view my complete system specs]
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