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Old March 29th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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Clipbrowser v2 playback performance

What is the recommended PC and Mac spec to play back full screen 1080p 25fps XDCAM EX to a 1920x1080 computer monitor off SATA drives ?

I have a PC that seems to exceed the recommended by Sony spec for this software but I can't get smooth playback.

Intel Pentium 4, 3.00 GHz, 2GB RAM
Intel(R) Integrated Graphics 128MB
1920x1080 Dell 23" LCD computer display (max 60Hz at that res)
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Old March 29th, 2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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Re: Clipbrowser v2 playback performance

no problems on a q6600 at 2.4ghz 4gb ram 8800gs

hdd speed is likely what is hurting you

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

is a very fast hdd and its what i use
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Old March 29th, 2011, 03:11 PM   #3
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Re: Clipbrowser v2 playback performance

Thanks Tom,

I'm using the same Samsung drive (externally) and unless I've got my MB/s and mbps mixed up then it and USB 2.0 can easily handle 35mbps XDCAM EX.

I've done a doco using DVCPro50 a few years back using SATA drives and they were fine playing back one stream of around 180mbps 10-bit uncompressed - that was an old Dual G4 and only SD of course.

I was thinking maybe it's the onboard graphics that's the problem but then it would manage a very small view surely ? So must be the processor perhaps - it's a tough codec. Your Core 2 Quad is a big step up from my Pentium 4.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 03:50 PM   #4
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Re: Clipbrowser v2 playback performance

I've just found I can get smooth playback at fullscreen 1080p using VLC.
Not a solution for me but it helps diagnose the problem.

I guess I might have to get newer hardware just to compensate for the Clipbrowser poor implementation.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 03:27 PM   #5
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Re: Clipbrowser v2 playback performance

Try using XDcam Player (PDZ-VX10 ?) if you have files that have been converted to MXF. It works beautifully, looks better than either clip browser or VLC, and requires less in the way of computer resources than Clip Browser.
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