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Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Video Editor for around $30-60?"

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Avid is releasing a free version of Media Composer later this year, called "Media Composer | First": http://nofilmschool.com/2015/04/avid-just-announced-free-version-their-world-class-nle-media-composer

Background:
Pretty big name in the NLE world. The company itself is widely known for their DNxHD intermediate codec for offline editing (also called proxy editing). The codec is used by editors who do a lot of 4K/6K editing because at that resolution DNxHD is easier to ingest and scrub through than H.264 or on the other end of the spectrum, CinemaDNG.


Blackmagic Design's (BMD) DaVinci Resolve also allows you to edit videos: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve

Background:
It's an extremely powerful and popular color correction and color grading suite, but it works well as an NLE and if you need/want to do colorist work then it's extremely comprehensive. The free version is DaVinci Resolve Lite 11.3. There's a version 12 coming out later this year that is supposed to add even more video editing features (said to rival Premiere and FCPX), so keep an eye out for that. The company itself started out with colorist software and hardware, but is now also known for their cinema cameras like the BMCC, BMPCC, Ursa, and Ursa Mini.


Between Avid and BMD, right now only Resolve Lite 11.3 is actually available. But it's free, and you can't beat free. Especially coming from an a legit, high quality company like BMD. I would definitely check out Media Composer when the free version goes live though. Same with Resolve Lite 12.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best laptop for video rendering?"

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

I recommend a Gigabyte P35G v2 off Newegg, or a Lenovo Y50. I have a Gigabyte P35K v3 (same body, just different specs). It's great because of how much storage you can stuff in it, plus the optical drive can be replaced with a hot-swap 2.5" drive bay.

This is especially cool because it means that you can take a dedicated raw media drive that holds your footage and just quickly swap it between your desktop and your laptop whenever you're at home or on the go. It keeps everything internal, saves you from having to transfer files between computers, and removes the need to buy an external hard drive.

As long as you have a 2.5" hot-swap bay in your desktop (which can be purchased as a USB dock or mounted in the case as a 3.25" or 5.25" device) then you gain a lot of freedom with data management, especially if you render daily while also going out daily.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Narrowed down to 16 options, is there anything else to consider?"

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

For DDR3, just get anything CAS 10 or lower, at a voltage of 1.5v or lower, at speeds no lower than 1600MHz. Nothing else actually matters in your day to day performance. Instead of shelling out for faster RAM I'd allocate those funds to a higher clocked GPU, some fans, or better CPU cooling. Those are much more impactful than RAM speed. RAM speed is one of the most insignificant things you can spend your time or money on unless you're running virtual machines.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "I have $265 and I need some advice on what to do with it"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, at 250/256GB the Samsung 850 EVO and Crucial MX100 are some of the best SSDs for the money right now.

Crucial pulls ahead at 128GB.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Which Gtx 970 to get,"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That is the old EVGA 970 with the poor cooling design. If you want an EVGA 970, get one labeled "SSC".

That said, I'd get the Gigabyte if performance is your top priority. If you want the best mix of performance and silence, then the MSI takes the lead.

The ASUS is a good card but it's pretty much outshined in every way by the MSI. It's slower, has a lower max voltage, is longer, has no lighting, is louder (even if they're both quiet). The only advantage is price.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Buy parts fun wait, not so much ..."

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The build and using a computer that you built on your own makes up for it in spades.

Just do NOT let your apparent impatience make you become lazy during the build! Take it slow and it's going to be a good time. Manage cables, be careful, etc.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "finally accepting my loss..."

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you trying to enable the Mercury Playback Engine for Premiere Pro? May want to try adding just "GeForce GTX 760" to the supported cards text file and not something like "GeForce GTX 760X2".

Comment reply on Forum Topic "X99 Mitx"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Saw this as well and got so amazingly excited! This news deserves a bump. The only potential downside is CPU cooler compatibility, but luckily Noctua offers two coolers which support the smaller socket spacing, which they call their "i4" coolers.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Changed my build guide, changed it back, now I have 3 build guides and the latest update has no karma?"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is the link to original created on Feb 18: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/sGqqqs
It has 2 comments on it.

The problem is when you click that link it actually takes you to: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/HNcCmG
Which has neither of the 2 comments on it despite being the same guide.

The original has also had a message automatically added to the top saying
"NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here."
The links are the same as the ones in the actual message on the guide.

On my screen I can see the original as "#1" under "Revision History" on the left side. The incorrect one that gets linked to is #1.

Comparison: http://i.imgur.com/HTg6NnU.jpg

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How difficult is building a Mini ITX system?"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The only times I've heard of that being done are for really small cases that can't physically have PSUs installed in them. For example the Antec ISK-110.

I suppose there isn't really a physical limit on what case supports that kind of power input. You just need a motherboard with a power plug input on the rear I/O.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "How difficult is building a Mini ITX system?"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

As Jason said it depends a lot on the case you use. And if you use a very small case it also depends on what PSU you use as some come with short cables (or have additional short cable sets you can buy) specifically for small builds where the reach between parts isn't very long and coiled cables take up valuable space. Silverstone is known for providing this option.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for 3D Animators/Designers for My Movie!"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I meant "Autodesk and Adobe" not "Maya and Adobe". Anyways I don't really know a ton about them but there are some of them that require examination.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for 3D Animators/Designers for My Movie!"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

On the point of pay/reimbursement, I think that's more of a private thing.

However I think it is completely fair to ask what the total budget of your project is, how long it will take to complete, and how big of a production crew you will need to complete it/what specific crew positions there will be.

You also haven't said what kind of output files you will need. What use is a modeler if they can't give you a file that you can import into your editing system? Specify what programs you are using and what, if any, programs you wish that prospective modelers should be able to use.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Looking for 3D Animators/Designers for My Movie!"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

There usually are certifications for professional programs used for 3D modeling and animation. Maya and Adobe are both pretty big on this.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankfully somewhere along the lines marketing rejected their original prototype :P

http://technabob.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/fan_casemod.jpg

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Rest In Peace RadioShack... (where do i buy speaker wire now?)"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Digi-Key and Jameco (though I tend to avoid Jameco when I can) are solid options, but there's just something about walking into a physical store that's so unapologetically like-minded and enthusiastic about electronics as you are that made every trip enjoyable, no matter the degree, without fail.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is there a such thing as overkill in terms of power?"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

O_O I have no idea why that would happen. I wasn't there to see it lol

Comment reply on Forum Topic "OS memory"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I think he was asking how much space the OS takes up, same as he was for the original question.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Enthoo Pro or Graphite 780T?"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the Enthoo Pro even without the great price point. I LOVE the Enthoo Pro with the great price point.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Is there a such thing as overkill in terms of power?"

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

It's okay to be over as long as you're not so over that you're dipping heavily into funds. You could technically go lower than 600W but there's no need to, especially because the PSU in question has such a great price right now.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "realistic overclocking benefits"

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Overclocking CPU for multi-threaded workload productvity:
- Real benefits, worthwhile

Overclocking CPU for gaming:
- Bragging rights, not worthwhile

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Rest In Peace RadioShack... (where do i buy speaker wire now?)"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I've bought so many junction boxes and banana plug receptacles from RS... What's an engineering major to do??

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Shamelessly plug your build guides here for upvotes."

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I would add an additional parameter to the RAM. Limit the max voltage to 1.5V as none of the more value oriented RAM will require higher than that to run at their speeds. I always get nervous around RAM that clocks DDR3-1600 and needs 1.65V.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First build. Opinions, advice, and thoughts welcome!"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

You left out the operating system. He has one in the list he posted. Also a CPU cooler, which isn't really necessary on a locked CPU but I guess he's going for lower noise.

Comment reply on Blog Post "External Hard Drives"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Any plans to add a wireless drive filter?

Comment reply on Blog Post "Site Update, Part 2"

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

That's a fantastic idea

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Compact PC for Solidworks/Autocad....mayyybe some light gaming"

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

The list looks good to me. I would consider getting a new Quadro K620 instead of the Quadro 2000D. You can find a 2000D for $250-$300 on eBay whereas a K620 is around $160 from various etailers. And it is a Maxwell based GPU despite its "K" naming, which places it two generations ahead of the 2000D while having similar or higher specifications.

As for the board, I might change it to: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga78lmtusb3

Comment reply on Forum Topic "First build. Opinions, advice, and thoughts welcome!"

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I redid several components to ones that are better or better value (all except the CPU cooler, 1 HDD, and operating system) but the main change was swapping the lower-end i5 to an FX-8320 with an accompanying motherboard. That plus other many changes saved so much money that I was able to include a second hard drive and upgrade the GPU to an R9 270 while ending just $5 over the original budget.

If you're doing screen capture you'll definitely want to be recording to a second HDD instead of doing everything off of your OS drive. That together with the FX-8320 will also help speed up editing (keep your software on one drive, put your raw video, renders, and exports on the second one).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $137.95 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $102.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $145.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $68.00 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $853.64
Mail-in rebates -$68.00
Total $785.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-24 00:33 EST-0500

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Shamelessly plug your build guides here for upvotes."

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Thought I would write about something not as saturated as gaming rigs: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/sGqqqs/basic-disk-setup-for-mid-range-workstations

Comment reply on DuskStar's Build Guide: Cheap RAID6 NAS build - 12TB for $700

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Running RAID 6 off the motherboard is not a good idea. Anything beyond 0, 1, or 10 should operate from a dedicated hardware RAID controller card and those are pricey.

Comment reply on kostiner1's Build Guide: Extreme Gaming Computer! Plan to stream on twitch.tv games such as LoL, WoW, Hearthstone, etc.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I would drop the AS5 as it won't make much of a difference on an H212 EVO. Then swap the Corsair Force LX for a Crucial MX100 and the TP-Link wifi card for an ASUS PCE-N15.

Besides all that though, why did you post this in the build guides section? There is a subforum for "Parts List Opinions Wanted". The build guides portion of the site is for the opposite of what you're doing, which is to give help, not to ask for it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Workstation Disk Setup Guide"

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Those usually add a major cost to the configuration as RAID levels beyond 0, 1, or 10 are never good ideas without a dedicated RAID controller to run the array off of. Those range in the several hundreds to thousands of dollars for units that are of any good quality.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Build Guide: Basic Disk Setup for Mid-Range Workstations

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Local is definitely preferred. A NAS does add significantly to the overall cost though, but I agree it's something worth mentioning for users who have the funds. Thanks for the feedback!

Gotta love tape :D. If I had unlimited funds I would work entirely off of a single big RAID 60 on a dedicated controller card. One can dream...

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Build guides: my plea"

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, right now it's a pretty "me too" thing rather than a place for serious people to make helpful content.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Build Aesthetics"

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Given the money I'd start with color coordinating the main parts, then picking a windowed case of a fitting color (color of the mobo or a complimenting white/black/grey), then getting some fans that work with the look, then getting some premade cable replacements or extensions, and finally some LED strips. I stop short of sleeving the cables myself.

Personally I think that you can make any windowed build look great just with good cable management. Helps if the case is a color that's impossible to dislike such as black.

Comment reply on Blog Post "Site Update"

  • 60 months ago
  • 10 points

Honestly I think it's just an initial shock. All the item categories and sliders are exactly where and what they used to be, just in a new aesthetic feel. It looks a lot more professional in my opinion.

The saved parts list page has had a HUGE improvement and being able to rearrange the order of pictures in a completed build post is a great change in my case since I upload so many shots. Before if you wanted a specific picture order you would have to upload in that order. Later on if you wanted to put picture #5 in spot #2, you would have to delete pictures 2-40 and reupload them all over again in the right order.

I think there are some clarity issues though. In my opinion:

1) Some text is too small. For example, karma/comment counters on completed builds, user profiles. I think they could do with being both larger and not as narrow.

2) Some text is too large. The descriptions for completed builds and the OP entries in forum threads use absolutely MASSIVE fonts compared to everywhere else.

3) I think the forums link on the top right should be made into a button of its own on the top bar where the system build, build guides, etc. links are.

And I just have the general feeling that with such a modernized look, the Reddit-style comments system no longer seems to fit the style of the rest of the site.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Has anyone used G2A.com before? How was your experience with them?"

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

WTFast also sponsors YouTubers, and it's a total scam, so I wouldn't use that as a criteria for trustworthiness. It has a role, but it's important to consider who is taking the sponsorship. I would trust a service that looks shady more if LinusTechTips was the advertiser rather than somebody like Brofresco or Protato. Because a channel's professionalism speaks volumes about their critical thinking and good decision making.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "4K Ultra HD Budget monitor, tips?"

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

koops is correct. They may be on one card but they are still two discrete GPUs that must function in Crossfire if they are to be used in rendering the same game content.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "i5-3570K vs Later models"

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

If you have one don't bother upgrading it.

If you're choosing CPUs, choose whichever i5 CPU + mobo combo leaves you enough money to advance 1 tier up on your GPU. If you can't, go with the better CPU unless or save cash. You can also apply this thinking to just gaming CPUs in general (meaning including AMD from the FX-6300 and onward))

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Best Value low-TDP Haswell"

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Benchmark performance is a far cry from indicating real world performance. You're actually paying 8% more money for far less than 9% more performance. I'm betting that you aren't thinking of building a PC just to have it run Passmark all day, so I would absolutely not base your purchase so heavily off of that.

Anyways, even if you did get 9% more performance, why would that even matter for the kinds of computational loads done on Pentium systems?

Comment reply on 1Rogue's Completed Build: Complaint Stopper (First full build)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard the same, except that you also have to slap the radiator against your bare thigh before putting stuff in it.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Nvidia Engineer Explains 970 VRAM Fiasco (Joke Video)"

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh absolutely I thought that was the best part! The timing on everything was great.

Comment reply on Forum Topic "gtx 970 a 3.5 gb vram card?"

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. People are jumping ship even though they're gaming at VRAM levels below even 3GB. The performance is still there below 3.5..

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz Vs Dual CPU] Intel Xeon X5650 @ 2.67GHz"

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Having 12 cores means nothing if your game only uses 2 of them. Would you rather game on 2 Haswell cores @ 4.4GHz or 2 Westmere cores @ 3.02GHz? Clearly the Haswell. Futureproofing means nothing in this situation. By the time games use more than 8 threads, both CPUs will be out of date and underpowered anyways.

You don't need 12 cores for podcasts or streaming unless you're making a hardcore full-time living off of them. Even then I'd rather buy a 5960X which will be more powerful and less expensive overall since you won't need a dual-socket board.

Comment reply on eumylove's Completed Build: White Monster

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

About the power button LEDs, there should be a molex cable routed to the top panel (in the same bundle as the fan controller leads). Connect this to your PSU to light up your power button when on.

Comment reply on Nozx's Completed Build: Sidonia

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job on the parts selection. There is no reason that a Stryker build needs to have any dangling cables though, which you pretty much noted in your description. Case has a window, so might as well make what's behind the window pretty, right?

The unfortunate thing is it will probably be more difficult to do cable management after the build rather than during the build when you have more room and flexibility.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: 3rd Build: Project APEX - Intel 10-Core/20-Thread mATX Architecture Workstation for my Friend

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir! One of my friends actually has that laptop.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the top left plug. You're good to go! And thank you very much for the kind words on my photos.

Comment reply on LeMonarque's Completed Build: VALKYRIE - Stryker, 4770K, Sabertooth Z87, GTX 780, H100i

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Should work with most power supplies. The first and fourth are for GPUs, second is for your motherboard, and third is for your CPU, correct? If so then you're all set.

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