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Either card should be just fine. All recent nVidia, or ATI/AMD cards should work well. Just make sure to keep the video driver updated on either. Both nVidia and ATI are great at releasing new drivers.
The only possible consideration would be if Adobe adds the Mercury Playback Engine, MPE, like they did with PrPro. The MPE requires the CUDA functionality of certain nVidia cards for the ultimate use. So far, nothing for ATI, which uses OpenCL instead of CUDA. Now, that is ONLY if Adobe adds MPE to PrE, and I do not think that is all that likely, given the price differences between the two programs, but we just do not know what Adobe might be planning.
Great news, very informative!
Thanks a lot..
Hey Hunt, I wanted to add on to your "...certain nVidia cards..." comment by
saying "certain" is a very important caveat!
According to http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/performance, the only
Mercury Playback Engine-supported GeForce cards (a.k.a. "Those Affordable By
Us Mere Mortals") are the GTX 285 and GTX 470. In other words, while all of
the MPE-supported cards are CUDA, not all CUDA cards are MPE-supported.
Just wanted to clarify because the O.P.'s card is a good example of this:
the GeForce 210 supports CUDA, but as of now it's not on Adobe's list of
officially supported MPE cards.
You are correct. However, many nVidia users have been able to "hack" the MPE INI file, to get full support for other cards, that are not on the "Certified" list. Those particular cards have been extensively tested, and "approved." With but a little TXT editing, other cards also fill the bill. Not sure which cards Adobe is working to certify right now, but would expect to see more of the newer ones making that list - until then, the hack seems to work fine. One additional caveat: when one applies the hack to their file, and then updates the card's driver, they have to re-edit that file. No biggie, but something for a user to remember.
I still doubt that Adobe will introduce MPE for PrE, so it could all be moot in that context - then any current nVidia, or ATI would be a good choice.
PS - my heart broke when nVidia announced that there would be no CUDA for my wonderful Quadro FX 4500, though they did retrofit many lesser Quadros, and of course, the newer Quadros. Mine fell through a crack in the floor...
However, many nVidia users have been able to "hack" the MPE INI file, to get full support for other cards, that are not on the "Certified" list.
Yeah, I had read that, too. But, me? I'm just not that adventurous, especially given the price point of even the "cheap" cards. I seem to have enough problems getting things to work when they're supposed to work together
I still doubt that Adobe will introduce MPE for PrE, so it could all be moot in that context
Yeah, the MPE definitely seems "high-end". I can't imagine a $100 consumer program supporting a $2,000 video card. Although it'd sure be nice if it did!
Mine fell through a crack in the floor...
Heh, that seems like MY kind of luck!
The hack only tells PrPro to use a particular nVidia card, that has not been certified yet, and so does not appear on the "list." This allows many more nVidia cards to work perfectly with MPE. As Adobe is able to certify more cards, the database in that file will expand. Until then, users can accommodate those cards. I hope that the list expands greatly, as it would be nicer to not have to alter any files, and just plug-n-play.