I have to switch from Final Cut to Premiere Pro so I can collaborate better with my co-worker.
Since I'm not really experienced with PP I need some advice regarding the ideal setup of the drives and so on.
This is what I'm working with:
i7-6700K @4.0 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB (M.2 NVME)
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD
Crucial 64GB Kit (16GBx4) DDR4 2133 MT/s
I installed Windows 10 and all the apps on the slower SanDisk SSD (C:). In the Premiere Preferences under Media Cache I selected the faster NVME drive (D:) for the Media Cache Files and the Media Cache Database. I also selected the "Automatically delete cache files older than:" and set it to 30 days.
When I start a project, I put all the raw footage and project files to the faster D: drive.
The available RAM for Premiere Pro was set to 40GB with about 22GB reserved for other applications.
Does that look ok to you and are there settings I forgot to tweak?
The footage consists of 4k material shot with the Sony A7RII and DJI Phantom 4 Pro, each with the highest bitrate. Would you recommend editing natively or to transcode or use a proxy format?
Try natively. Your Sony can film at several different codecs but for instance I shoot XAVC-S an edit it easily on many 3-year old laptop with 4-cores and slower speed. With that great setup you should have no problems with it. For your DJI it might have a long GOP structure which is very CPU intensive and would require testing
Thanks for your answer, Bill. I will try natively then and see how that goes.
In terms of software setup and drive allocation, do you see room for improvement?
Drive allocation is ideal
Just make sure you tune your system to eliminate unnecessary processes and also on those SSD's turn off indexing. I typically have about 70 processes