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Help is my laptop powerfull enough to run CS5.5 with Red Epic footage

Mar 21, 2012 10:45 AM

Hi guys my editor dropped out of my shoot next week and I need to know if my laptop can handle Red Epic footage useing CS5.5 I have a Dell XPSL702x which is running Win 7 64bit i7-2630QM Cpu @ 2.00Ghz 2.00Ghz with a Nvida graphics card its not full hd though so would I have to edit at a lower rez and then join it up in hd at the end and I would need the Red Epic adapter.


We will be backing up the raw footage on 3 exteral hard drives


Thanks help please

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    Mar 21, 2012 10:52 AM   in reply to JNR007_

    Give it a test but I would guess your system would not play well with Epic media.

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    Mar 21, 2012 10:58 AM   in reply to JNR007_

    Lookng at the processor it would certainly not be the one i would be looking for while editing RED footage.


    Also RED footage has a high data transfer rate, so working on them from an external hard drive(unless its RAID setup with esata) would be a bad idea.

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    Mar 22, 2012 7:59 PM   in reply to JNR007_



    I suspect that you will be able to edit RED Epic but the going will be slow. Several comments:

    - reduce your preview window resolution until playback is "smooth"

    - you may need to do a sequence / render entire work area if your system is not fast enough to keep up - especialy if you are working with multiple RED layers (multi-cam, etc.)

    - hopefully you have at least 8GB or RAM in your laptop, and I suspect more would be better

    - definitely use multiple simultaneous drives to share the data transfer load; your laptop has (2) USB 3 ports + I think a eSATA port. If the 3 external drives you have access to are all USB 2.0 find some faster external drives quick! As Chester points out a RAID 0 eSATA solution would work well if you need to buy something.


    Good luck and do report back here how it goes!





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