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Old January 14th, 2008, 03:37 PM   #31
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Let us know what you end up purchasing, Daniel.

If I were in your shoes, I would spec out two or three different systems and see if you can get your hands on something similar at a dealership to play around with.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:20 PM   #32
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i will defo let you know, thanks for the support
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Old January 14th, 2008, 07:59 PM   #33
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Danial,

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Old January 14th, 2008, 08:18 PM   #34
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Nothing being posted about Dell workstations????

They are pretty nice setups...

Dell is bringing out a couple new workstations that should be killers...
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Old January 14th, 2008, 09:12 PM   #35
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Dell Workstation

Ok, I'll bite..

Dell 690, waiting for 64 bit drivers for some hardware (yeah right) to go to 64 bit.

2 Xeon Quads
Nvidia 4500
4GB Ram (capable to go to 32, or at least 20 if I keep the current ram)
Adaptec 4805 SAS Raid Card
4x750 SATA Drives
Dual DVD-R
Dual 24" Dell Monitors
Matrox X.2 Card (ok, I'm just moving over to HD from SD, so its an SD card)
Cineform
CS3

And I'm comfortable with CS3. Matrox in SD is fast, it won't do the 1920x1080 HD of EX-1, but Cineform will, it will do the 1440x1080 of HD in SD mode.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 09:37 PM   #36
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Thanks Syd....

Sounds like you got a screamer there... :-)
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Old January 19th, 2008, 01:37 AM   #37
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Sorry if I missed this in an earlier forum, but do you have to have FCP 6 to work with the PMW footage? Or will 5.0.4 work with the footage?

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Old January 19th, 2008, 02:24 AM   #38
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You need FCP v.6.0.2. No earlier version has the XDCAM EX codec.

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Old January 19th, 2008, 05:03 AM   #39
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Avid Liquid 7.2 has no problems working with 35Mbit XDcam EX files.
No reencoding at all and there's even native support for 24p 1920x1080 mpg2, yay :D


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Old January 19th, 2008, 05:06 AM   #40
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Old January 19th, 2008, 06:15 AM   #41
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Vegas Pro 8 here, works a charm with my EX1, inc 1920x1080. Gives you smart render as well. So for cuts only edits no transcoding. You can trim clips and burn them to whatever or archive them in the native XDCAM codec. I also get the essence markers on the timeline. Playback performance is only limited by the speed of your hardware. Buy an OctoFlex if you want a real screamer with 8 cores.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 09:18 AM   #42
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Well I'm going to give Vegas Pro 8 a chance on my system next week...

Allways wanted to play with Vegas and B&H has the upgrade for $99....

and they have the Vegas 6.0 for $79... needed for the upgrade to work

So thats a pretty cheap experiment to get into Vegas 8..... :-)
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Old January 19th, 2008, 12:20 PM   #43
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Concern on Axio LE

Yesterday I have seen an Axio LE with Premiere CS3 on a HP 9400. The system looks great with real time effects and real time slow mo (no rendering as long as you open a new project matching the video format that the footage was shot with).

However I'm slightly concerned on a technical issue. The Axio needs a PCI-X slot. Now I'm under the impression that PCI-X is an ageing system being replaced by PCI-Express. It also seems that most motherboards nowadays do not have a PCI-X slot. So what will happen if the motherboard decides to call it a day and needs to be replaced in a year's time? Will I be able to find a PCI-X motherboard? Or am I missing something?
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Old January 19th, 2008, 03:49 PM   #44
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PCI-X is the 64-bit, high speed version of the common 32-bit PCI bus. Only server motherboards and perhaps a few specialized, high-end workstations offered PCI-X slots. The last version of PCI-X could transfer up to 4.3 GigaByte/second, but those cards and motherboards were not widely adopted due to the arrival of PCI-Express.

PCI-Express is indeed the new hotness and capable of transfer rates up to 16 GigaBytes/second at the present time.

So you are correct that PCI-X is an investment in a dead technology. I would NOT buy a PCI-X card, especially if it costs around $4K. Contact Matrox to find out if they plan to release a more portable PCI-Express version of their products. If they want to stay in business, they also better add support for 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista.

I noticed that the Matrox video editing solutions force you to use only computers on an approved list. This tells me that even if you find a replacement motherboard offering PCI-X slots, the Matrox cards may not be compatible.

As we type, the PC industry is experiencing a big technology revolution. Intel is presently releasing new motherboard chipsets to support some awesome quad-core and eight-core CPUs arriving late in 2008. It's a certainty that these faster computers will NOT support PCI-X. Video production will strongly benefit from these faster computers, so you don't want to be tied to old technology.

Of course, PCI-Express also gets faster each year. In fact, there's a new PCIe 3.0 standard being finalized that boasts impressive 32 GB/s transfer rates. The good news is that all PCIe versions are backwards compatible.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 05:28 PM   #45
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Also using Avid Liquid 7.2. Edits native XDCAM files - and works flawlessly. I guess Liquid has an advantage in that it was designed as an MPEG editor from the ground up - which is why it works so well.
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