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jason levy
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on Sep 13, 2016 at 2:49:50 am

Hello,

Does the Media Composer run well on the new "coffee pot" Mac Pro?

thanks,


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Shane Ross
Re: avid
on Sep 13, 2016 at 2:52:39 am

Yes. Run it on several of them in our office.

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jason levy
Re: avid
on Sep 13, 2016 at 2:57:15 am

Thanks Shane.

Could you tell me what your configuration is: How much memory, which graphics card, are you running a RAID for storage? Much obliged.

j.



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Shane Ross
Re: avid
on Sep 13, 2016 at 3:46:10 am

I know we have 16GB of RAM...and the D500s. And these are connected to ISIS.

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Dennis Kutchera
Re: avid
on Sep 13, 2016 at 5:22:48 pm

Hey Jason,

Avid runs really well on the Trash Can Mac Pros. We've tried everything up to and including the 12 core with dual D700 GPUs and 32 gb of RAM. Sadly, the top configuration does not work well with DaVinci Resolve. if that is a consideration.
A lot of people find the 8 core with the D500 GPUs to be the sweet spot.

Generally Avid is not too fussy with the computer you are running, but they rigourously test specific models and that is a good bet to go with because if something goes wrong, Avid can exactly duplicate your support scenario. Here is the config for the 2013 Mac Pros - http://resources.avid.com/supportfiles/config_guides/AVIDMacProIvyBridgeCon...

I hope this helps.

Dennis

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jason levy
Re: avid
on Sep 13, 2016 at 5:49:45 pm
Last Edited By jason levy on Sep 13, 2016 at 5:52:50 pm

Hey Dennis, (sorry about the typo before!!)

Thanks for that very useful information. I discovered that I should be running 4 channel RAM not 3 channel... among other things..

Again thanks,

jason



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jason levy
Re: avid
on Sep 13, 2016 at 6:23:53 pm

Another question... I have been running the media on a thunderbolt drive dock with a Western Digital Black 7200 rpm drive. Can you see any reason that should not work well. It's an HD project. (Not 4k)

j



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Dennis Kutchera
Re: avid
on Sep 13, 2016 at 6:49:44 pm

It should work fine for the most part. You might have to do more rendering than if you had a raid, but I can even play a single stream of UHD off a single drive. But I am also not usually dealing with a lot of audio tracks, since I have been doing mostly online work since using the newer Mac Pros. Audio is more taxing on drive performance than video because it is lots of small files that all need to be accessed quickly. That is much harder for a drive to do than play a huge continuous video file.

Dennis

Dennis Kutchera
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