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  • Avid Media Composer on Apple I-Mac Set Up

  • Joe Krause

    August 30, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Just Switched over from a PC to Media Composer 3.5 on an Apple I-Mac

    1. Need help on Avid Media Composer set up for Apple I-Mac

    A. Ran Mojo off the Firewire 800 Port off the MAC.

    B. Ran the external Hard Drive for media off a USB Port.

    Is this the correct set up for the MAC???

    Thanks a lot.

    Avid Media Composer 3.5 on I-Mac and PC
    Adobe Production Premium CS3

  • Scott Cumbo

    August 30, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    As far as i know, there is no approved MC setup for an Imac.
    So I would say turn it on and see what you get.

    Scott Cumbo
    Editor
    Broadway Video, NYC

  • Joe Krause

    August 30, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Yes it is approved was on the Avid Website

    Totally Approved and listed on thier Site.

    Thanks

    Avid Media Composer 3.5 on I-Mac and PC
    Adobe Production Premium CS3

  • Scott Cumbo

    August 30, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    The Imac is, but not with a mojo.

    Scott Cumbo
    Editor
    Broadway Video, NYC

  • Jon Henry

    August 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I wouldn’t run your media through a USB connection. Is there a spare firewire connection that you could use for that?

  • Tim Wilson

    August 31, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    [Ian McBain] “I wouldn’t run your media through a USB connection. Is there a spare firewire connection that you could use for that?”

    The issue isn’t a spare firewire PORT – you need a separate firewire BUS. iMac only has one.

    USB is fine. When I worked at Avid, we had all our media on USB 2 drives. Of course, media matters. But the very first demos of DNxHD were all on USB, and, like I said, pretty much everything else most of us did.

    Also worth noting – iMacs were VERY popular at Avid when I was there (through 2006, right before I came to the Cow)….and those were much lower-powered. The ones today are amazing. My next desktop is definitely going to be one….

    Best,
    Tim

    Tim Wilson
    Creative Cow Magazine!

    My Blog: “Is this thing on? Oh it’s on!”

  • Joe Krause

    August 31, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Tim
    THANKS so much for the valuable information. Can I ask a couple of questions…

    1. Can I use a Firewire Hub off the 800 port:
    -(1) for the Mojo
    -(1) for the 800 Firewire Media Drive?

    2. What FORMAT should I format the Media Drive theres no NTFS on MAC like windows, right now using FAT Format. Is there a MAC Format for Hard Drives thats like NTFS format on windows?

    I’ve been testing the I-MAC with Mojo off the 800 Port and a USB-Firewire External Hard drive seems to work fine ===occasionally I get a slight stutter but barley

    Tim if you wouldnt mind sometime would like to talk if you had
    5 minutes some time. Just have a couple of questions, if not no problem.

    Thanks a lot for the GREAT Info!

    Joe Krause

    Avid Media Composer 3.5 on I-Mac and PC
    Adobe Production Premium CS3

  • Tim Wilson

    August 31, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    [Joe Krause] “1. Can I use a Firewire Hub off the 800 port:
    -(1) for the Mojo
    -(1) for the 800 Firewire Media Drive?

    No. Again, the issue is the bus – the part of the motherboard that the connections come out from. Mojo and the FW drive will each want 100% of the bandwidth.

    This is true for any “big” firewire device, any NLE, any platform. For example, if you try to digitize from a camera to a FireWire drive using Sony Vegas, it’s a no-go.

    Your only choice is USB. Of course, if you’re up for some networking, you can use Ethernet, but that’s a whole other story.

    2. What FORMAT should I format the Media Drive theres no NTFS on MAC like windows, right now using FAT Format. Is there a MAC Format for Hard Drives thats like NTFS format on windows?

    Don’t use FAT32 for the long haul. It’s great for small files (MP3s, photos, etc.), and you’ll bump up against its limits fast.

    There are two ways to format. If you’re using the drive with only the Mac, plug it in, and use the Apple Disk Utility to format it. The default is fine.

    There are also programs that let you use drives from one platform on the other…but if you’re going all-in on the Mac, just let the iMac take care of the formatting.

    I’ve been testing the I-MAC with Mojo off the 800 Port and a USB-Firewire External Hard drive seems to work fine ===occasionally I get a slight stutter but barley

    Good! That’s what I’d expect. You may find better performance once you’re no longer working in FAT32…but hey, if this is working for you, go for it!

    Tim if you wouldnt mind sometime would like to talk if you had
    5 minutes some time. Just have a couple of questions, if not no problem.”

    We have now officially exhausted my knowledge of this stuff. 🙂 I’ve been gone for years, and even when I was there, wasn’t actually editing. I just happened to witness other people’s desks with iMacs, and some USB drives in action. These days, I mostly edit the Creative COW Magazine.

    Better to keep the conversation here, where others can chime in.

    Best,
    Tim

    Tim Wilson
    Creative Cow Magazine!

    My Blog: “Is this thing on? Oh it’s on!”

  • dewan edwards

    September 3, 2009 at 12:51 am

    These makes me a feel better. I am looking at the I Mac also for Avid and FCP. I was looking at the 24 in with geo force GT 120. I am finally going mac

  • dewan edwards

    September 3, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Any issues with HD editing on one of these?

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