Avid Media Composer is a film and video non-linear editing system (NLE) and is the flagship product of Avid Technology. It allows for both offline and online film editing, including uncompressed standard definition (SD) video, high definition (HD), 2K and 4K editing and finishing.
According to benchmarks, these tasks adequately utilize 6 to 10 cores at most.
Exporting video is a multi-threaded process, meaning it takes advantage of many processor cores. If your workflow involves both video editing and exporting on the same machine, we recommend processors that are both high in core-count and clockspeed, such as Dual 8-core 3.2GHz or Dual 12-core 3.0GHz.
In general, 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core is recommended. For example, if you select a single 12-core processor, 32GB will suffice for basic tasks or 64GB for more demanding workloads.
With video editing, the amount of RAM required generally depends on the resolution of the video and the complexity of your timeline. As a general rule of thumb we recommend 32GB if you work with 1080p footage, 64GB for 4K footage, 128GB for 6K footage, and 256GB (or more) if you work with 8K footage.
We recommend having two drives which provides the best performance:
If you need additional storage for large, infrequently accessed files, we also recommend one or more 4TB, 6TB or 8TB+ hard drives. Hard drives also work well for storing export files as the export/rendering process is generally not write intensive.
The Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro yields the absolute maximum in performance - remarkable drive speeds combined with massive flash storage capacity. Supporting up to four m.2 NVMe flash storage drives on one PCIe slot, each reaching 1750MB/s write and 2500MB/s read speeds, the Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro is the ultimate footage drive. We recommend the Quad Pro in these two configurations:
RAID 0 configurations are optimized for performance. Also known as disk striping, RAID 0 spreads the data across multiple phyical drives, allowing multiple disks to access the contents of a file, thus writes and reads will be completed quicker. The drawback to RAID 0 is that if a drive should fail, all data would be lost. Thus, we recommend back up of data on a RAID 0 using a standard spindle 7,200rpm hard drive.
For post production video editing, we recommend NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards as they provide high performance at a great value compared to Quadro cards.
For lower budget systems, we recommend a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. If you require support for 10-bit displays, we recommend adding a Decklink card as well.
For higher budget systems, we recommend a single NVIDIA GeForce Titan Xp, which is currently the top of the line GeForce card with the latest architecture. It also supports 10-bit displays, so no need to add a separate Declink card.
If you are considering a dual graphics card setup, then we recommend two GTX 1080 Ti cards (as opposed to two Titan Xp cards) since it provides extreme power at a great value and utilizes less power from the power supply.
The Z840 is recommended if you require dual processors or dual high performance graphics cards. The Z840 can support up to 6 hard drives or 10 SSDs.
The Z640 is recommended if you require a single high-end processor or single high-performance graphics card. You can always add a second processor and double the memory at a later date using the optional Z640 processor riser. The Z640 can support up to 4 hard drives or 6 SSDs.
The Z440 is recommended if you require a single processor with a low core count or mid-range graphics card. The Z440 can support up to 4 hard drives or 6 SSDs.
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