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How much RAM do I need? [ANSWER]

Posted: Sat, 22nd Jul 2006, 7:14pm

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FXhomer5428

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I downloaded the Demo for FXstudio pro on My 1GIG, duol core althon 64x 3800 processor, and geforce 6150 LE embedded video card.
When ever I get to a big effect(like an explosion) it gets unbearably slow, so slow that I can't really even see the effect because of the framerate.
At circuit city, they told me that if I'm doing any video editing, I'm going to want a real video card, instead of an embedded one.
But could it be my RAM or something?
What should I upgrade?
Posted: Sat, 22nd Jul 2006, 7:30pm

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Garrison

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How much RAM do you have?
Posted: Sat, 22nd Jul 2006, 7:47pm

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FXhomer5428

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one GB
Posted: Sat, 22nd Jul 2006, 8:05pm

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Your computer requierments might change depending on the type of footage you're working with... what kind of resolution is it and what codec?
Posted: Sat, 22nd Jul 2006, 8:56pm

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Axeman

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Its slow after you do a preview render? Or are you just trying to do straight playback? If so, then preview render to get a clear idea of what the effect will look like.

1 GB of RAM should be enough, it is well above the minimum specs.
Posted: Sat, 22nd Jul 2006, 10:44pm

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FXhomer5428

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1440 by 900 res, the automatic for my 19" widescreen.
Yeah, I never tried rendering I'll try that next time, thanks!
Posted: Sat, 22nd Jul 2006, 11:13pm

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I think he meant the resolution of the footage. Are you shooting in miniDV or HD, and what codec is the footage in.

But yeah, try clicking the RAM button to preview render the project to your ram before you playback.
Posted: Sat, 22nd Jul 2006, 11:47pm

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rickblackmon

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Some software offloads some of the processing to the Video chip. Most of Serious Magic products do this. I don't know whether ELAB or other FX Home products do for that matter. If they do offload to the video processor then video ram and the video chip can become critical.

I have had no problems on my Gateway notebook (AMD Athlon 3400) with 1GB ram but I have an ATI Radeon video chip with 128 mb of dedicated ram. I suspect there are many users of FX Home products using notebooks and they are all going to have onboard video. My desktop system has 2gb ram and 256mb of video ram in an nVidia GeForce FX6800GT card. I have had no problems with either machine.