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enrique aguirre
need to upgrade graphics card
on Jan 16, 2012 at 7:33:04 pm

here's what i've got:

Model Name: Mac Pro
Model Identifier: MacPro2,1
Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Processor Speed: 3 GHz
Number Of Processors: 2
Total Number Of Cores: 8
L2 Cache (per processor): 8 MB
Memory: 8 GB
Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MP21.007F.B08
SMC Version (system): 1.15f3

Chipset Model: ATY,RadeonX1900
Type: Display
Bus: PCIe
Slot: Slot-1
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 512 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x7249
Revision ID: 0x0000
ROM Revision: 113-A52027-202
EFI Driver Version: 01.00.202

i'm having problems with doing rough comps w/prores 4444 footage. can't even do an opacity change to line up 2 layers. maybe not enough graphics card horsepower? my box has got another 12 mos life in it as a cutting station. what's the smart play upgrading the card?

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Dave LaRonde
Re: need to upgrade graphics card
on Jan 16, 2012 at 8:11:04 pm

It sounds like it could be more of a problem with your storage than processors. On what kind of drives is the media located?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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enrique aguirre
Re: need to upgrade graphics card
on Jan 16, 2012 at 8:21:06 pm

xsan via fibre. playback's not the prob. it's trying to crop, set opacity between 2 layers, etc.

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Neil Patience
Re: need to upgrade graphics card
on Jan 16, 2012 at 8:18:04 pm

Dave beat me to it while I was replying but basically same question . . . .

There are some options with the video card on your machine - here is what Apple list as compatible

You may find a faster graphic card helps but there are other potential bottlenecks. Whilst the faster cards in that list might offer some gain I am not sure they are going to add huge performance to straight video playback alone.

You dont say what kind of hard drives you are using.

ProRes 4444 are very large files and require fast drives to play smoothly especially more than one stream.

Just out of curiosity what kind of work are you doing with the 4444 files.

What is your storage set-up ? I wonder if that is possibly slowing you down.

best wishes

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