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Lasse Nikkari
FCP and RED
on Jan 19, 2009 at 1:28:57 am

Could someone, who's working RED footage with Final Cut give me an example of specs of their MacPro?

We are looking to invest on new machine and would like to now the ideal set-up?

Many thanks,
-L


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Uli Plank
Re: FCP and RED
on Jan 19, 2009 at 8:07:11 am

We use a MacPro with a RAID, ATI 3870 graphics and 16 GB RAM.

What are you working for, HDTV or cinema?

Regards,

Uli

Director of the Institute of Media Research (IMF) at Braunschweig University of Arts


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Lasse Nikkari
Re: FCP and RED
on Jan 19, 2009 at 9:28:43 am


HDTV.

How does that set- up work for you?
I was thinking MacPro with: 4 x ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB and 8 GB RAM. What you reckon?
I know the bigger is better, but I have to think about wallet....

-L








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Russell Lasson
Re: FCP and RED
on Jan 19, 2009 at 3:36:14 pm

[Lasse Nikkari] "I was thinking MacPro with: 4 x ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB and 8 GB RAM. What you reckon?"

Currently there's no advantage to adding multiple graphics cards. So one is fine for now.

-Russ

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Jerry Hofmann
Re: FCP and RED
on Jan 19, 2009 at 11:53:19 am

I think it goes without saying... an 8 core Mac Pro. 8 gigs of RAM minimum... Next gen FCP may use it all, who knows, but Compressor will use that RAM, as will running several apps at the same time.

Add to that a Kona 3 card.

Then a fast array for media storage/playback. Which one probably will be dictated by budget.

And Uli's question needs answering too.

Jerry


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Noah Kadner
Re: FCP and RED
on Jan 19, 2009 at 4:10:09 pm

yeah Jerry's right on. The Processor speed, RAM and hard drive setup will be the most determining factor. Also your workflow- whether you are planning to edit proxies, Log and Transfer .R3D or ProRes or downconvert to something else.

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Uli Plank
Re: FCP and RED
on Jan 19, 2009 at 8:01:53 pm

- For HDTV get a Kona card and decent monitor – a computer display won't show your final color and contrast.
- Transcoding with REDrushes or Clipfinder is much faster with more RAM.
- Color doesn't work with more than one graphics card.

Hope this helps,

Uli

Director of the Institute of Media Research (IMF) at Braunschweig University of Arts


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