I am a videographer. I shoot and edit videos. I currently own Final Cut Studio 2. I use FCP 6.0.6 but (which is OK up until now). But I am disappointed in Compressor and DVDSP.
I want to switch to a true 64-bit editing system, hoping that this will cut down time of rendering, compressing and authoring.
I would like to take advantage of the GPU-accelerated performance in Adobe Premiere Pro but I am wondering if my graphics card is good enough.
Here is my setup:
Processor 2 x 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Memory 16 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB
Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 (11D50d)
My graphics card is not listed in this list http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html. Do I have to buy a new graphics card?
Thank you for your time and help
You do not have to buy a new GPU ,but if you really want performance then it is strongly suggested that you do get an nVidia CUDA card with lots of CUDA cores, the more the better your performance will be.
So are you talking about Premiere Elements or Premiere Pro CS5.5? That E in your topic header confuses me.
For Elements you are in the wrong forum, this forum is limited to Premiere Pro CS5.x. For Premiere Pro a CUDA enabled card with 1 GB+ VRAM is highly recommended, like Bill said. It can give huge performance benefits. Think a GTX 560 Ti or better.
Sorry for the confusion Harm. I meant Premiere Pro. I agree with you and Bill (in the previous answer), the better the garphics card = the greater are the benefits. But if I decide to first purchase Premiere Pro and I end up using my current set up, will I be able to work at all? Are my 16 GB of pretty much useless here?
Thanks for clearing that up. If you continue using your AMD card, you can edit perfectly fine and your 16 GB is great for that. No problem, but if you are looking for further improvements, the video card and disk setup (you did not mention that) are the first points to look at in the future.
The only cards announced to support Open CL acceleration are the AMD 67xxM cards used in MBP and iMAC's, nothing has been said about other AMD cards and we do not know anything about possible 'hacks' yet, so be very careful in getting ones hopes up. We also do not know if that support is limited to OSX or if it extends to Windows as well.