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    Suitable Video Cards / Configuration for Video Post

    Hi there.

    I have a Nuendo 3 rig which crawls on my current system for doing post. Can anyone recommend a good video card for using with Nuendo for post production?

    I am running a P4 - 3.2 ghz with 3gig RAM. The video rendering is slowing down everything.

    Perhaps I am using the wrong video format too - it's Microsoft encoded AVI files 320x240.

    Thanks.
    Composer / Sound Designer / Audio Engineer
    GroovyAudio

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    Re: Suitable Video Cards / Configuration for Video Post

    Powerful video cards whilst good for gaming are NOT good for music production. PCI x Video cards OVER 250megs CAN cause pops and clicks in your audio.

    A good rule of thumb is to get something around 128megs. There's good Nvidia cards around for $40.

    Just get something that will not be too powerful.

    As for your video format, need more info but just about all video cards will play any format file.
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    Re: Suitable Video Cards / Configuration for Video Post

    I've heard of this problem before (i.e. using the high-performance gaming cards on a DAW), but I've never understood why the problem occurs. Anyone mind elaborating on this?

    Cheers!
    ~Ben~

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    Re: Suitable Video Cards / Configuration for Video Post

    I found my issue.

    Nuendo doesn't like multiple FMVs loaded into one session, for some reason the rendering slows down like crazy. i was sound designing for very similar playblasts for a title I was working on and needed the same sound set for each.

    I ended up duplicating my sessions and had separate Nuendo projects for each fmv. hopefully this issue has been fixed in Nuendo 4. I know they don't tend to work like this in film but video games is a little more repetitive with the work.
    Composer / Sound Designer / Audio Engineer
    GroovyAudio

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    Re: Suitable Video Cards / Configuration for Video Post

    Glad to hear it. However, I'd still like to know "why" you shouldn't use a gaming graphics card in your DAW. I mean, if you build a top-of-the-line PC with the purpose of pushing numbers faster than light (slight exaggeration...), I would certainly be tempted to take a break from the audio work at some point and enjoy a good game of Crysis or something!

    Anyways, I'd like to understand this better if anyone has something to say about it.

    Thanks!
    ~Ben~

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    Re: Suitable Video Cards / Configuration for Video Post

    Maybe we need to bring in the Mythbusters for this one...

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