I mean Avid Media Composer 8. Just for the program alone. I read somewhere that it was 80 GB. But that can't be right.
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Not likely. Depends on what you get with the package (Utils+FX+Samples+DemoMaterials) however, but even with all that, it shouldn't be that large.
8GB, maybe. The downloadable trial version from AVID's website is 2GB.
They recommend a 250gb 7200rpm SATA or 128GB SSD. Obviously it isn't all used, but there's a lot of potential processes running -- including background transcoding.
It's worth taking their specs pretty seriously:
also check out the version matrix for correct QT and Nvidia Driver versions:
Running properly it's a joy -- but it's not a toy.
Agreed. If AVID has requirements, you had best meet them or you'll not get far in tech support. For many pros, this is one of those "enterprise-level, must-always-be-working" type of apps, where you cannot afford downtime.
Looking at it another way, if you can't afford the expected supported hardware, you shouldn't be looking at this app.
250GB HDD/128GB SSD is actually fairly modest for a new media workstation PC's boot drive (not counting laptops). Both my desktop/workstation & my server have way more than that, and they're not new.
I love my Avid, but PP's taken a big leap forward in the last couple of years.