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Not all cards will send full screen video out to a monitor. If the Quadro is doing that for you, get the next higher level card.
I was hoping we could get some suggestions on the
b Best Video Card for Editing and Rendering?
also looking at upgrading my old nvidia 7800 card since i'd
like to use effects like noise, colour balance and movie looks
more frequently to achieve artistic effects.
Well, if you go to Adobe's hardware compatibility page is does list the 7800 as being fully supported:
but the 8800 series cards are also listed, which will support CUDA once it becomes widely used. CUDA is rumored to be utilized with CS4 which will speed up render and preview times drastically by utilizing the GPU as well as the CPU rather than mostly the CPU only.
This could still be a year or two away, so if you think you may upgrade your video card again before that time, you may want to stick with the 7800 for now.
i Well, if you go to Adobe's hardware compatibility page is does list the 7800 as being fully supported:
I know that my card is supported. thanks for the tip.
I'd also be interested in hearing what video cards are best for editing and rendering. From what I understand, very little of the processing for editing and rendering is currently done by the video card. We invested in a Matrox RT.X2 card, which has helped speed things up a little, but mostly for better playback of unrendered areas and specific effects.
If anyone knows of currently available cards that do speed up rendering times I'd be interested in finding out about them as well.
The CPU will be far and away the biggest factor determining render times.
Rick, for what it's worth, I use the current version of Looks with a FX 1500 and I don't have any of the problems your discussing. It's a great card, and if you can determine what's causing those problems with Looks, I'd stick with it. Maybe update the drivers?
Did you have a look at the Hyperwall 2 configuration that NASA will start using shortly? http://www.nas.nasa.gov/News/Releases/2008/06-25-08.html
If you can fit it into your office, that seems like a good solution. It only requires 7x3 meters. If that is too much, maybe you can get the Hyperwall 1 on eBay?
Which version of the NVidia drivers are you using? Any anti-virus installed on your system? When you upgraded your drivers did you uninstall the old one and install the new one fresh?
Also, the version I have is Movie Looks 1.0, not the Magic Bullet Suite version. Any info is appreciated!
mine is also movie looks 1.0
i've actually added the movie look on edit suite 2 and let that render
away while i continue with other parts. i only apply movie looks
to my video montages or opening, special effect areas.
this has become important, because i wish to apply movie looks
to the entire feature. i think my rig needs a faster processor.
If I recall correctly, the drivers are one version back from the most current version. No anti-virus, and when I have installed new drivers I've always uninstalled the old one first. And I'm running the most current version of Looks.
Malick, trust me, you want a fast processor when using Looks. It yields great results, but it can slow down your system. Adding it is always the last step in editing for me.
Same here. Looks is a total render hog.
When you uninstall the drivers, do you boot into VGA mode to install the new ones? Let me know - this could be the source of my angst........
Yeah - I just reboot in the basic mode (VGA?), and then install the new drivers.
Eric, thanks for your help to re-affirm my suspicions and look to the video drivers. If you use Looks 1.0 and the Nvidia FX1500(an excellent card) DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, upgrade to driver version 169.96. Download and use version 169.47 (dated 4/3/08, I believe). I completely uninstalled the NVidia drivers, deleted the Nvidia folder before reboot. Upon restarting, I installed the version 169.47 drivers and configured resolution and external TV output. The result?
Everything rendered in Movie Looks without any artifacts.
Thanks to all - I still would like to get opinions on the latest and fastest video cars, though.
Thanks for that info, Rick. I actually saw the new driver yesterday and thought about updating, but didn't. Now I'm glad I didn't!