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Joe Severino
Re: FCP System hardware recommendations?
on Nov 20, 2010 at 7:27:31 am

There are still a lot of factors that need to be considered. What codec is the HD footage in? how many lines of video are you trying to playback in real time at once? How long are your sequences & final projects?

I would recommend however:
MacPro (as of now an 8 or 12 core with as much CPU as you can afford, you cant upgrade the processor easily or without voiding the warrantee)
Lots of RAM (8-16 GB)
a RAID controller card with either Mini SAS or Dual Link Fibre Channel Interface
A RAID Cabinate that supports RAID 5 configuration populated with WD Black or enterprise drives.
An AJA LHi or AJA Kona 3 card (Kona card if you need 4:4:4 HD Playback
HD video reference monitor
ATI Radion Graphics card with 2 computer monitors

This is a very general idea and would need to be tailored based on specific needs

Mac Pro 3.2 GHz Dual Quad Core
14GB RAM
NVIDIA 8800 GT
Blackmagic Intensity Pro
OS X 10.6.3 (Clean Instal)
Final Cut Studio 3 (Clean Instal)
Logic Studio (Clean Instal)


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