Grinner’s right. However. please compare Avid’s minimum and recommended computer specs against the box you’re buying. The Athlon proc and Matrox video card give me cause for concern. If you’ll rely on this system for anything other than hobby/amusement, I’d investigate further. Besides…. this likely won’t be a system you can grow into current Avid products with.
[David Braswell]“The Athlon proc and Matrox video card give me cause for concern.”
Thanks, David. That’s the kind of advice I came here looking for!
[David Braswell]“Besides…. this likely won’t be a system you can grow into current Avid products with.”
Right now, I’m just looking for a cost-effective option to learn on. It’s been 5 or 6 years since I sat in front of an Avid, & I need to come back up to speed to remain competitive here in the NYC market. Yes, I can take a class, but 12 hours of classroom instruction won’t get me as far as 3 or 4 weeks of recutting old projects and experimenting with new ones. And I’d be working on site on clients’ Avids for any upcoming work.
But even a cheap system isn’t worth it if it’s not reliable.
I ran Xpress Pro 5.2 on AMD processors for a couple of months, as well as an ATI Radeon card. Not the ideal setup, and I ran into some issues (couldn’t use DV25 or DV50–the ATI card turned everything green and garbled), but otherwise it worked as expected until we could replace it with a certified machine. With the Matrox G450 you might have more luck at DV resolutions.
If you just want a system to relearn Avid on, and you’re getting this system for cheap, go for it. Just take a demo on it first (if you can) to make sure it runs well enough. The interface hasn’t changed that much between 5.2 and Media Composer 3 (Xpress is EOL as of version 5.8). Try to digitize and cut some 1:1 footage (if have a Mojo–otherwise 1:1 will be locked out on that version), cut DV50 and DV25. Export a quicktime reference and see if it plays okay–AMD processors were causing problems there at one point.
Regarding upgrading this–I can tell you Media Composer 3 won’t even launch with my AMD processors (I tried yesterday just for kicks). And 1.8GHz is pretty slow compared to todays systems, but if it’s just for training it should fit the bill.
You are getting this cheap, right? And they’re going to transfer the Avid license to your name (it will be a $100 transfer fee)? If so, you can upgrade that dongle to Media Composer for $500 if you need to in the future.