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  • Buying New Mac Setup

  • Patrick Donegan

    July 14, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Next year you might want 64GB of RAM – so order it now.

  • Chris Bové

    July 14, 2022 at 10:48 am

    I’m running 32. It is “tolerably” fine. You’ll need to go into your Media Composer Settings and adjust the Video Cache settings. Always follow the “max minus ten” philosophy. So if you have 32GB of RAM, set it to 22 GB. If you have 64, set it to 54.

    With 32, the biggest issues you’ll see won’t be in the Avid itself, but rather with having many apps open at once. Plus if you ever drift into multi-cam workflows.

    Here is the spec sheet for qualified macOS computers. You’ll see that the Mac Studio is right at the top.

  • Trevor Ambrose

    July 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Wow. That’s a really illuminating spreadsheet. When you say multi-cam workflow, what do you mean? I’m used to working on TV and Film with all shots multi cam-ed with A and B cams, sometimes with C cams too. Or are you talking about an even more robust usage of multi-cam. The thing is, I’m about to start a show and I had to get the M1 max without any upgrading, as in bumping 32 to 64. Otherwise I wouldn’t get the Mac in time. I realize I might be over-staying my welcome and my many questions
    might be getting tedious so no worries if you want to end this thread. If so, take care and thank you so much for the help you have given. 🙂

  • Chris Bové

    July 14, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Ha! Nobody overstays their welcome. I’m an insufferable know-it-all for Media Composer, so hit me with as many Q’s as you like.

    For multi-cam, I’m talking this kind of workflow:

    Side note — I know folks who grabbed a 32 and are totally happy. If you’re not, sell it after the edit is done. There’s a huge market for Studios with 32.

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  • Trevor Ambrose

    July 14, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks dude. You’re awesome! 🙂 Okay. I’m certainly not doing that type of multi-cam-ing!

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