To configure your workstation for Avid
AVID Media Composer is a complex professional film editing program for post-production and editing of film material. In the media industry, Media Composer is the most widely used video editing tool. For Avid Media Composer, a special keyboard with colored keys was designed to separate the individual function groups.
The optimal CPU for Avid Media Composer has at least 6 cores and a high clock rate from 3.5 GHz. For the QuickTime export, the CPU is used to a maximum of 15%. If you use Avid in combination with DaVinchi Resolve and use it for large renderings we recommend a workstation with two processors with 8 cores or more and high frequency clocking from 3.0 GHz. We recommend one of the following AVID-certified workstations for Avid Media Composer 2020.11: HP Z840, HP Z2 G4, HP Z4 G4, HP Z8 G4, Dell Precision T7820, Dell Precision T7920, Lenovo ThinkStation P720 or Lenovo ThinkStation P920. HP Z-series workstations have consistently been the internal workstation standard at Avid for years. As mobile workstations we recommend HP Zbook 17 inch, G3 and up, Lenovo Thinkpad P71, P73, Dell Precision 7720, 7730, 7750. You are welcome to ask for the complete table of qualified AVID systems by mail.
Bottle neck RAM
Avid Media Composer is a very memory intensive application. Larger raster formats such as UHD or 4K require more memory. We recommend using at least 64 GB of identical ECC memory for Avid. If you are processing high-resolution media with a high frame rate (UHD/4k in 59.94p), we recommend 128 GB RAM. For larger rendering workflows, up to 256GB is a better choice.
Graphics card NVIDIA Quadro ./. Geforce ./. AMD
The Avid Media Composer program is able to distinguish between CPU and GPU processors. The Avid program independently decides which processor is best suited for processing the current workflow. If the existing graphics card does not meet Avid's minimum requirements, the CPU automatically performs the calculations. In Avid Media Composer, your rendering results and effects are greatly enhanced by high-end graphics cards as more Cuda cores are available. Multi-track editing of 4K and HD material becomes child's play. Depending on your budget, we recommend using one of the following certified graphics cards for Avid: NVIDIA Quadro P4000, NVIDIA Quadro P5000, NVIDIA Quadro P6000, NVIDIA RTX4000, NVIDIA RTX5000, NVIDIA Geforce 2070 Super, AMD WX7100, AMD WX8100.
Responsive hard drives - HP Z Turbo Drive
In combination with HP Workstation, we recommend using an HP Z Turbo Drive with 256 or 512 GB for the operating system and CAD software Avid Composer. The HP Z Turbo Drive is directly connected to the computer via the PCIe bus and achieves four times the performance of traditional SSD hard drives when reading their programs. Alternatively, we can recommend a Samsung 980 Pro M.2 SSD with either 256 or 512 GB via a PCIe interface for Dell, Lenovo or Fujitsu workstations.
Perfection through Video Capture Card
Expand your Avid Composer Workstation with a Video Capture Card. Our customers prefer to use a blackmagic 4K extreme or an AJA IO express. The blackmagic 4K extreme captivates with digital content suitable for cinemas. An IO Express is the ultimate PC interface for a high-quality mastering solution for your work with Avid Media Composer. HP Z Series workstations have been the internal workstation standard at Avid for years.