Media Composer

Media Composer

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.

Component Recommendations

Processor

Video Editing, 2D Animation, Motion Tracking, Warp Stabilize, Rendering Previews

According to benchmarks, these tasks adequately utilize 6 to 10 cores at most.

Exporting

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.

Memory

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 24GB/32GB/48GB if you work with 1080p footage, 48GB/64GB/96GB for 4K footage, 96GB/128GB/196GB for 6K footage, and 196GB/256/384GB if you work with 8K footage.

Storage

We recommend having two solid-state drives which provides the best performance:

  1. Primary Drive: SSD for the operating system and applications
  2. Secondary Drive: SSD for active projects; a dedicated SSD will offer optimal performance

2.5-inch SATA SSD performs at ~500MB/s
M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD performs at ~2500MB/s

For long term storage or backup, infrequently accessed files, we recommend a 4TB to 18TB hard drive. 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:

  1. One drive in the Quad Pro as primary - dedicated for the operating system and applications. Three drives in RAID configuration as a editing/footage partition - dedicated for storage of the project, source media, media cache and scratch files. A 3-drive RAID 0 configuration in the Quad Pro achieves speeds of 6GB/s, which is perfect for a 6K or 8K workflow. The benefit of this route is conserving a PCIe slot - the primary and editing partitions both on one PCIe slot opening a secondary PCIe slot for a specialty or port-expansion card.
  2. All four drives in the Quad Pro in RAID 0 configuration dedicated as the editing/footage partition. Drive speeds reaching 9GB/s and up to 8TB capacity. Select a separate SATA 3 solid-state drive (SSD) or m.2 NVMe drive (HP Z Turbo Drive) for the operating system and appications. The benefit of this route is unparalled performance.

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.

Graphics

For post production video editing, we recommend NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards as they provide high performance at a great value compared to Quadro cards.

For lower budget systems, we recommend the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti.

For higher budget systems, we recommend the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

For ultimate performance, we recommend the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090.

Read More: GeForce GTX vs. Quadro Graphics Cards

Recommended Hardware References

Configuration Recommendations

HP Z8 G4 Workstation

  • Dual 16 cores, 2.9 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Gold 6226R
  • 192GB (12x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • 2TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX A6000 48GB

$17,200

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HP Z6 G4 Workstation

  • 24 cores, 3.0 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Gold 6248R
  • 96GB (6x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • 2TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX A5000 24GB

$11,950

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HP Z6 G4 Workstation

  • 16 cores, 2.9 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Gold 6226R
  • 96GB (6x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 2TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive

$5,950

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HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Core i9-10920X (3.5 GHz base frequency, 12 cores)
  • 64GB (4x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 2TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive

$3,950

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HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Xeon W-2245 (3.9 GHz base frequency, 8 cores)
  • 64GB (4x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive

$4,000

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HP Z2 G5 Tower Workstation

  • Intel Core i9-10900K (10 cores, 3.7GHz base, 5.3GHz turbo)
  • 64GB (4x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive

$3,300

Configure & Buy

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Condition

New: Purchased new from a HP authorized distributor. Never used. Ships in original manufacturer packaging.

Refurbished: Pulled from corporate environment in working condition. Tested upon arrival at our location and also after customization. Cosmetically grade A or B. Overall in good condition, but could have light scratches / scuffs. Ships in double-wall brown box with durable packaging material.