Avid Media Composer is a non-linear editing application, used for film and video editing. Although a PC for Avid doesn’t need to be very powerful, higher performance parts will allow it to make the most of its wide variety of features.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Avid Media Composer.
Why choose us?
Parts like CPU cooler, Power Supply Unit, and chassis are often glossed over when putting together a system like this. Surprisingly, these parts have a massive effect on the lifespan and performance optimisation of the CPU, GPU and RAM. We only use parts that guarantee excellent cooling, airflow, and power delivery.
We’ve also got a lot of experience in putting these systems together, and our cable management is flawless. This not only means dust will be a lot less of an issue, but it will be much easier to work with when you eventually need an upgrade. This will only happen several years down the line, of course. Not to mention our cases just look fantastic.
Each Modena Computers Workstation is tailored to the personal needs of the user, but the features below would make for a great starting point for a PC for Avid Media Composer.
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CPU – Frequency
Media Composer has a number of processes that are quite intensive on a system’s CPU. These generally prefer higher core count over higher frequency, although there are some operations, such as AVC Long-G media, where a higher stream count will more greatly benefit from speed than core count.
CPU – Core Count
Media Composer’s performance scales quite well with core count. An AMD Ryzen 9 would be a great choice, due to its combination of high frequency and high core count. If your workflow involves editing at high resolutions, or using AMA (RED), it would be worth your time to consider an Intel Xeon based system, possibly even one with 2 CPUs.
In Avid Media Composer, higher resolution editing requires a more powerful GPU. To add to this, Avid only features workstation-oriented cards on their list of supported GPUs. This means that you would need a Nvidia Quadro GPU to use your PC for Avid.
RAM is very important in a PC for Avid Media Composer, and we would recommend no less than 16GB. If you plan on editing higher resolution videos, you should opt for 32GB, or possibly even 64GB.
It’s also important to keep in mind any other programs you might use this computer for. It’s possible that you run other programs that require even more RAM than Media Composer, or that you use multiple programs at the same time, which would also require more RAM.
Storage technology has come a long way over the past decade. Solid State Drives are known to be much faster than mechanical hard drives, but they’re also seen as pretty expensive.
It was pretty common to install the OS on a 120GB SSD, and everything else on a 1TB HDD, so that you could at least start up your PC super quickly.
Recently it’s become more viable to just use a larger SSD, from around 500GB to 1TB, and this is exactly our approach with our PCs. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to save and load programs, and also transfer data, at incredible speeds. The SSDs we use are M.2 form factor and use the NVMe protocol, which means they take up no additional space in your case, and are even faster than standard 2.5” SATA drives.
These drives save a lot of time, and that means the PC will pay itself off a lot faster. You also still have the option of adding in some HDDs if you need to.
As we said before, each Modena Computers Vulcan Workstation is custom built to the workflow and budget requirements of its user. It’s important to consider other programs you may want to use with this workstation.
During our consultation process, you can let us know exactly which programs you want to use with your machine, and we’ll be happy to help you understand what you need.
Keep in mind that opting for higher performance right out of the gate offers much greater value than getting exactly what you need right now. A higher performance PC won’t need downtime to upgrade any time soon, and will also allow you to complete more work in less time. It could pay itself off a lot sooner than a more affordable option.