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William Carr
Big Project; Best Use of Processor?
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:23:30 pm

I have a spanking new Retina MBPRO w/ 2.8GHz i7, 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 and an internal 768GB SSD. It has one HDMI port, two Thunderbolt and two USB3 ports.

I have an enormous edit ahead with 5-10TB of 23.98 1080 ProRes media (standard / HQ).

I will be using 2-unit sets of RAID-0 external drives, since I don't need a single drive containing everything (the full project is multiple shorts with differing subjects).

I want to optimize the combination of peripherals / bus arrangement to most efficiently "free up" processing power of the Mac for purely FCP action.
Granted I do not know exactly what I'm talking about, but let's say my age-old experience with equipment behaviors warrants the thoughts!

- For an external monitor, is Thunderbolt less taxing on the processor than HDMI?
(will use a consumer 16:9 unit like Samsung or Dell, color grading to be done out of house)

- For external RAID-0 drives (will use two at a time) is USB3 acceptable for two layers of video, or must I use Thunderbolt?

I already have new USB3 drives and a recent HDMI monitor, but if getting new Thunderbolt items will make a significant difference I will get those.

So technically, what's the best strategy for letting each of the discreet powers of this Mac do their thing unhindered by adapters or cross-purposes?


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Shane Ross
Re: Big Project; Best Use of Processor?
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:34:25 pm

[William Carr] "- For an external monitor, is Thunderbolt less taxing on the processor than HDMI?"

No.

[William Carr] "- For external RAID-0 drives (will use two at a time) is USB3 acceptable for two layers of video, or must I use Thunderbolt?"

USB 3 is fine for two layers of ProRes HQ. Not much more though...

[William Carr] "
So technically, what's the best strategy for letting each of the discreet powers of this Mac do their thing unhindered by adapters or cross-purposes?"


FCP 7? FCX? What version are we talking about here? Drive speed, Graphics card...none of those really take away processing power anyway.

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William Carr
Re: Big Project; Best Use of Processor?
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:39:07 pm

Yes, FCP 7 latest (last) version.

Would FCP X change any of these issues?


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Shane Ross
Re: Big Project; Best Use of Processor?
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:44:35 pm

I doubt it. Processors aren't really impacted by external or internal drives, or graphics card. Know that FCP 7 is 32-bit, and can only address certain amounts of RAM, and only use 1 processor...even though you might have 4 or 8. FCX is 64 bit, uses more RAM, and can use multiple processors. As can Adobe Premiere Pro.

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William Carr
Re: Big Project; Best Use of Processor?
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:48:07 pm

Shane you are as always a wellspring of advantage for growing professionals. Thank you!

Now begins the impossible prediction: will I more sooner learn FCPX or Premier to make a major skills advance, now that I have new equipment and a big project to start?


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Shane Ross
Re: Big Project; Best Use of Processor?
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:49:29 pm

Not qualified to answer that. I don't use FCX. It's not getting used in my post market.

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William Carr
Re: Big Project; Best Use of Processor?
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:55:42 pm

Understood! Thanks for all good info.


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