Building a new system for Avid Xpress

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    • #196189

      Hi everyone.

      I’m about to buy/build a myself a brand new editing machine, and i’ve decided that i’m gonna start out using Avid Xpress DV, as it’s not too expensive. I’m thinking though that I should build my machine capable of running Avid Xpress Pro (& Pro HD), so that when i can afford to upgrade to it, i’ll be able to so without the need to upgrade my PC (or not much). This should also mean that I’ll be able to run Avid Xpress DV easily won a system that is capable of running Xpress Pro, and this sounds very appealing to me as I really wanna have a smooth, stable & reliable time when editing. Does this sound like a good or bad idea to anyone?

      Does anybody have any prolonged experience of using Xpress DV?
      If so, is it good? Is it smooth & reliable? (I used it in college for one project, and it seemed pretty good)
      What are the big differences between Xpress DV & Xpress Pro?

      Also, what i really need help with, is what new hardware to get inside my new PC. I’ll paste in what Avid reccomends (as a minimum) for both Xpress DV and Xpress Pro HD (for those who can’t recall offhand!), and if anybody can suggest particular models, names, speeds etc for any of the components , i’d be very happy to hear what you have to say (or write!).

      Avid Xpress DV:
      Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 or 2
      933 MHz Pentium III or any Pentium 4 or any Pentium M processor
      1 GB system memory (1.5 GB recommended)
      A qualified graphics card (as supported by system vendor); Avid recommends the NVIDIA Quadro4 980 XGL (Windows) or the NVIDIA QuadroFX 1100
      An IEEE-1394 (FireWire) port or qualified DV In/Out Card
      20 GB or larger internal disk drive
      CD or DVD-ROM drive

      Avid Xpress Pro HD:
      Processors: Dual or Single 2.4 GHz Xeon processor OR Pentium 4 1.6 GHz processor OR Pentium M 1.8 GHz processor (mobile configurations). Note: The boot drive should be IDE, SCSI, or SATA 7200 RPM. Do not use internal SCSI as a boot device if you also plan on adding external SCSI drives (in that case use IDE or SATA).
      Operating System: Windows XP Professional w/ Service Pack 2
      System Memory: 1.5 GB minimum, 2.0 GB recommended for HD and high stream count SD projects
      Open GL graphics cards: NVidia QuadroFX 1400 PCI Express, NVidia QuadroFX 1300 PCI Express, Nvidia QuadroFX 1100 AGP 8X, NVidia QuadroFX 500 AGP 8X or NVidia Quadro4 980 XGL AGP 8X
      Note: Although supported, use of the NVIDIA Quadro 4 980 XGL in a dual-monitor configuration may result in performance degradation during tasks such as scratch removal, auto color correction, or general color correction when the safe color warnings are enabled, or using the eyedropper to select colors in Effect Mode. Single monitor systems with an NVIDIA Quadra 4 980 XGL perform properly.
      Add-in IEEE-1394 PCI card (required if no built-in 1394). Note: The add-in PCI card must be a universal PCI card with the T.I chip set. Mojo is not supported on notebook systems with PCMCIA cards of any kind. Current qualified /supported cards include:
      ADS Pyro PCI 64, part #API-311
      SIIG 1394 3-Port PCI i/e, part #NN-400012
      Internal disk drive : 40 GB or larger
      CD or DVD-ROM drive

      I’d really appreciate any help or advice you can give me. I’ve got a budget of about $1,000 with which to build a system capable of running AT LEAST Avid Xpress DV (and smoothly), and maybe (hopefully) Xpress Pro HD also.
      Thanks very much for the help, i really need it!
      Disco Al

    • #47604


      Another thing about the video guys DIY1 is that those prices were from January 2004 so now you could get a lot more for your money.

    • #196190

      we can run Avid Xpress DV & Pro just fine on our DIY1 system.

      You will want to add more RAM if you go with Xpress Pro HD.


    • #196191

      Thanks for the replies!

      I think that building a Machine capable of Avid Xpress Pro HD or Studio HD is out of my price range right now, so instead i’m going to build a machine specifically for smoothly running Avid Xpress DV, and also some good DVD authoring, burning & disc printing software.

      Does anybody have any good tips or suggestions for what hardware should go into my new machine? I have looked at Avid’s own suggestions, but can anybody give me some names or model numbers for anything i’ll need (Motherboards, RAM, System drive, Media drive, Graphics card, Processor, DVD drive/burner), as not being a whizz at PCs means i wanna try and make sure i get the best stuff, without getting ripped off or getting stuff i don’t really need.

      Also does anybody have any reccomendations for any of the following needs: DVD Authoring software, DVD Burning software, DVD disc printing?
      I want my new machine to be able to these things after the editing has been done, and so can anyone tell me if these things will change what hardware should go into my new system?

      Finally, if anybody has any knowledge or experience of editing with Avid Xpress DV, and then transferring to DVD, i’d be very grateful to hear their advice, what problems can arise, how to overcome them, and basically how to do it right! (And hopefully without any hassle!)

      I really appreciate the help given, i hope to put it all to use this Sunday when i go to buy my new system! (Looking forward to finally getting my own edit machine πŸ˜€ , while at the same time apprehensive & worried that i’ll spend a ton of money and still not get what i need and run into several problems with it all! πŸ™ If you can help me avoid these problems, that would be great!!!)

      Thanks a bunch to all who read & reply!

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