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Bob Duthaler
What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 3:40:04 pm

I would like to know what people are using for video cards with FCPX and how well are they working out.


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Craig Seeman
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:01:44 pm

We'll have to see where AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox go with FCPX support. I believe they all have claimed they're working on support but haven't really defined what that means. I suspect someone will be using an API to plugin capture to FCPX but that's speculation until someone says something more concrete.



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Bob Duthaler
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:17:44 pm

I have heard all those rumors too about support. What I would like to know more about is the graphic card support. Since FCPX uses open CL to help render faster, I want to know what graphic cards people are using in their systems. I wanted to use the Nvidia Quadro 4000, but I see that it currently does not support FCPX. What is working out there?



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Oliver Peters
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:24:47 pm

The ATI 5870 works just dandy, but don't expect blazing render performance with FCP X. It's not there with any card or machine.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Orlando, FL
http://www.oliverpeters.com


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Craig Seeman
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:25:33 pm

I'm using Radeon 5770 but 5870 should work as well.

Lots of FCPX speed tests but not specific to GPUs
http://www.barefeats.com/fcpx01.html

http://www.barefeats.com/macs11_01.html

This is Apple Motion 5 GPU testing. 5870 leads and Q4000 was a poor performer.
http://www.barefeats.com/wst10g12.html



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Craig Seeman
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:28:18 pm

[Bob Duthaler] "Nvidia Quadro 4000"
I posted Motion 5 GPU tests elsewhere in this thread.
Here's 4000 and others with Premiere Pro and Resolve.
http://www.barefeats.com/wst10g11.html



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T. Payton
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:53:02 pm

Just a note, regular rendering or background rendering in FCP X doesn't use the GPU. Exporting does use it and is ridiculously faster.

For example 20 second timeline. 5 layers of 1080p, h264. Created optimized media. Color board correction on each, made each move and zoom, etc.

Modify > Render All -- 17.5 minutes

Changed a clip, now the entire timeline shows orange and needing to render:

Share > Export Media - Current Settings (prores) -- 1.5 minutes
(I also did a h264 export 1 minute 50 seconds)

10x faster Exporting than using the GPU. It's curious why FCP X doesn't use the GPU for regular rendering. Perhaps it will be turned on soon.

MacPro 2006 2.66 4 cores
Radeon 5770

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque


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Bill Davis
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 5:43:41 pm

The MacBook Pro I regularly edit on with X is:

2,8Ghz Core i7 — stock NVIDIA Gforce GT 330M 512MB

And X runs smoothly and efficiently. I haven't had a crash or hiccup in more than a month.

Actually, now that I think about it, that's probably about when I transitioned to LION.

Go figure.

FWIW.

"Before speaking out ask yourself whether your words are true, whether they are respectful and whether they are needed in our civil discussions."-Justice O'Connor


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T. Payton
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 6:40:42 pm

Seriously, no hickups or spinning beach balls? Have you actually opened FCP X since you transitioned to Lion?

Just kidding of course. ;)

I'm in the middle of a spinning beach ball after dragging some footage into a project, ence I am writing this post, but I am still on now Snow Leopard. I wonder if other folks are having good results with Lion.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque


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Bill Davis
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 7:24:14 pm

I don't know, there are a LOT of variables in play here.

RAM, Processor, OS, etc. etc.

Maybe even footage type and processor transcoding load for all I know?

All I can say with confidence is that on my laptop, configured as it is, FCP-X is running EXTREMELY stably with no issues. I've been primarily working with XDCAM EX 1080p 30 files or 5dMk II H-264 files via ProRes and no problems so far with any of them - I've got a VERY stable workflow going on the laptop, (knock wood).

Whether that translates to anyone else's specific situation is up for debate.

"Before speaking out ask yourself whether your words are true, whether they are respectful and whether they are needed in our civil discussions."-Justice O'Connor


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Paul Jay
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:59:31 pm

Apple officially stated that Broadcast I/O support will be there in January.


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Michael Hancock
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 5:04:20 pm

They said January?

Bottom of this page says Early 2012: http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/software-update.html . That doesn't necessarily mean January - could be the end of March.

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Christian Schumacher
Re: What Video Cards Work Best
on Nov 16, 2011 at 8:10:49 pm

Perhaps this question would fit in better at the "FCP X Bug Techniques" Forum?

Sorry, I couldn't help being immature.


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