How's this setup for HD video processing?

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  1. driphone macrumors regular

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    Mac Pro
    2.93ghz quad core xeon
    1 TB serial ATA drive @ 7200rpm
    3 x 2 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1066mhz
    Radeon 4870 512mb
    2 Superdrives


    also is $2500 a good price for one purchased in May 2009?
    TIA.
     
  2. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    I would not buy 2 Superdrives from Apple. You can buy a Blu-Ray instead and use it as a Superdrive.

    For HD only you will likely be using programs that can utilize 8 cores. If that is the case a slower octo core may be the faster machine for you or spending more on the machine and working much faster.
     
  3. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    what Blu-ray drive are you using? internal or external? octo. vs quad. how much actual speed difference i processing HD video?
     
  4. dagomike macrumors 65816

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    I'd get some more memory and HDD for it. At least 8 GB, might as well fill it up with 12 GB. Depending how much video you'll be doing, you can never have too much space.
     
  5. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    i think this machine only goes up to 8 GB RAM.
     
  6. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    Even though Apple doesn't officially support it, you can use 4GB modules in the Quad Mac Pro, for a total of 12GB of triple channel RAM or 16GB of dual channel if you fill all 4 slots. OWC sells 4GB modules, but they ain't cheap.
     
  7. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    I use an internal SATA BD-ROM. But writers are also available at 150$ I've been told.

    There is a thread with cinebench tests somewhere, google it.

    All Mac Pros can take 16 GB RAM and most would take 32 with 4 GB sticks.
     
  8. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great tip, thanks Zerozal....do you think i am getting a good deal at $2500?
     
  9. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    This is incorrect. The quad-core can take up to 64GB of RAM with four slots.
     
  10. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    so I can add an external BD drive for about $150?! can you mention some brand names.
     
  11. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow! that's impressive considering my MB only takes 2
    so I know extra RAM is always a boost but for an amateur like me trying to burn some good ol home HD movies to a BD drive, what would be the reasonable amount of RAM considering the Quad. core machine mentioned?
     
  12. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    That was an internal drive for the second super drive bay. The mainstream drives LG GGW-H20L, LG GGC-H20L from LG will do nicely.
     
  13. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    That's a good price I think! :)

    Also if you buy the cheapest and smallest SSD just for dumping the VIDEO_TS folder to for "processing" then you'll shave 2 to 4 minutes off your times and your ODDs will last longer. ;)

    You only need whatever the BR capacities are. :)
     
  14. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks T
    good t know that it's a decent price.
     
  15. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    NP.

    What exactly are you doing anyway? I mean, what do you mean by processing? If editing, what kind of editing (source formats? destination media? etc.)?
     
  16. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    importing HD movie taken on a Sony camcorder, edit in iMovie, save and then burn on a Blu-ray disk to view on a HD TV in HD.

    i did say i was an amateur.
     
  17. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    I think 6GB is your best value to start out. If you are seeing a lot of page outs (check Activity Monitor), you can add the 4th 2GB stick for a total of 8GB. For your use, going up to 4GB sticks for 12 or 16GB of RAM probably is not worth the money.
     
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    That system will be great. I have exactly the same system except with a couple of SSD's and it works fantastic for HD video editing.
     
  19. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Ah, then for sure either an one SSD or a 3-drive RAID will improve things a lot. They're both about the same price $300 ~ $350. They''re both about the same speed with higher throughput on the 3-Drive RAID and faster small-block accesses on the SSD. And the RAID is 3TB to 4.5TB while the SSD is 80GB or so.

    Either way iMovie will love you (when it's not preoccupied with crashing ;)).
     
  20. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    SSD I assume meaning Solid State Drive...I also have Toast 9 to burn Blu-ray disks. Is there a recommended method to burn HD content? I know iMovie may have some limitations.
     
  21. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    can you name the SSD brand that works well with the Mac Pro.
    Thx.
     
  22. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    The Intel X25-M's are your best choice for performance and compatibility. While the OCZ Vertex drives have closed the gap on performance recently, at least a few months ago, they were still a bit too buggy for me to consider them seriously but that may have changed by now.
     
  23. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    Good luck getting ahold of the 16GB dimms. :p
     
  24. driphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, where can I find some instructions for SSD installation in Mac Pro?
     
  25. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    iMove/iDVD will not allow you to burn HD content, to a blu-ray or otherwise. You'll have to use Toast and its BD plugin, but it's reasonably easy to use. You shouldn't have any trouble with it.
     

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