Question: With very well qualified rack PC's or laptops - could CS5 be stable enough for rock-solid HD playback straight out of a timeline? (fully rendered, single stream, native to timeline) Might the editing application tie up too many system resources to always be spot on? Thanks
Background: Part of our business is producing large corporate meetings in ballrooms around the USA. We normally rent, as part of weekly a/v packages, Mac towers running PlaybackPro for HD video playback. Video formats are normally h264 or ProRes, with constant bitrates of 20mbs or higher. Utilizing variants of either Barco Encore or VistaSystems Spyder switchers, most switching systems prefer DVI or HD-SDI. Separate audio runs direct to audio consoles.
For years, with a handful of small events, we had used our in-house laptops and PR CS2 as a solid playback system of SD video and still images. (CS3 was semi-stable, CS4 just not possible.)
Since your only apparent interest is playback, why not use a player like VLC?
I suppose VLC is a possibility - I have used it here and there for various studio playback - but I never would have thought it serious enough of a program.
And, I suppose I should have mentioned that I live my live in AE, PS, and PR - I am not at all opposed to other apps and would appreciate any suggestions for such- but setting up PR is just a no brainer for us to use.