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Oliver Slee
Avid MC 6.5 on an older PC
on Mar 5, 2013 at 12:02:26 pm

Hi - I'm new to the site and have been using a late edition of Xpress Pro on a Dell Precision 690. It all came together from a good source and has been working perfectly. However, I now want to upgrade to the latest Media Composer and wonder if the computer is still ok to handle it?


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Michael Hancock
Re: Avid MC 6.5 on an older PC
on Mar 5, 2013 at 3:42:27 pm

Scroll down to find .pdf downloads for the approved/qualified systems for Mac and PCs.

http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/Compatibility/en422411

The Dell 690 isn't on the list, but that doesn't mean it won't run it. It just means it's not been tested so you won't get support from Avid if you run into problems. You can always download the 30 day trial of 6.5 and test it out to see if you run into any show stopping bugs or issues.

If you system meets the minimum requirements at least and you have a qualified graphics card you will probably be alright. It just won't be as fast as more modern hardware.

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Pat Horridge
Re: Avid MC 6.5 on an older PC
on Mar 6, 2013 at 11:07:06 am

You need to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro 64bit and you want 4GB RAM min (ideally 8GB or more)
A supported graphics card like an FX3700 would be a big help.
But I suspect you'll be disapointed. The new software is much more demanding of the hardware so you'll see a big drop in responsiveness and performance.

Pat Horridge
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Oliver Slee
Re: Avid MC 6.5 on an older PC
on Mar 6, 2013 at 5:40:26 pm

Thanks Pat - the Dell is clearly too old/underpowered and if I need to buy a new computer I might consider FCP on a mac...


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Pat Horridge
Re: Avid MC 6.5 on an older PC
on Mar 6, 2013 at 5:45:14 pm

If you go FCP it will have to be FCP-X as FCP7 is now EOL
and you need a top end Mac to get FCP-x to play nice. With that spec Mac you could easily run Media Composer which unlike FCP runs on Mac or PC.
The new HP iMac type machines look really good and at less cost than an iMac...

Pat Horridge
Technical Director, Trainer, Avid Certified Instructor
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Production Editing Digital Media Design DVD
T +44 (0)20 7505 4701 | F +44 (0)20 7505 4800 | E pat@vet.co.uk |
http://www.vet.co.uk | Lux Building 2-4 Hoxton Square London N1 6US


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