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Advantages of upgrading graphics card? ATI Radeon HD 5770

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Nov 5, 2012 7:53 AM

Hi, I have a 2006 first generation Mac Pro tower, with a ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card. I am using FCP 7, and want to access the Pan and Zoom program made by fxFactory. It won't run on my computer unless I install a new graphics card. They recomment the ATI Radeon HD 5770.  This a $250 upgrade. Would this upgrade benefit me in other ways in FCP?

Thanks so much

Bob

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)

    well, fcp7 is slowly sinking in the western horizon, so you might want to consider a card that will accelerate Premiere 5.5 or later.  Do some googling.

  • RatVega™ Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    robert742 wrote:

     

    Hi, I have a 2006 first generation Mac Pro tower, with a ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card. I am using FCP 7, and want to access the Pan and Zoom program made by fxFactory. It won't run on my computer unless I install a new graphics card. They recomment the ATI Radeon HD 5770.  This a $250 upgrade. Would this upgrade benefit me in other ways in FCP?

    Thanks so much

    Bob

    Although I don'y know what you're coming from (see underlines above) I recommend the upgrade.

    I added one to my '08 Mac Pro when the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT died and what a difference!  It has 1GB of video RAM and is much faster than the 8800 GT (which was the fastest option when the system was purchased.)  I have dual 27" displays and a 37" color grading monitor hanging on my system and it works great!

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)

    You aren't trying to tell this poor chap that he can drive a calibrated color correction monitor from the ATI card ... are you?

     

    I suspect what is being said is - the card will drive three computer displays, one of which is used to display the full frame image of the material being played back.

     

    Just so we are clear - the ATI card does NOT operate in the correct color space for grading HDTV images. For that you need a third party device from AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox, Motu that will feed a proper signal. Also, I've not heard of a 37" grading monitor from supplier of calibrated broadcast displays (eg Flanders Scientific, Barco, etc)

     

    x

  • RatVega™ Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Yes and no...  The monitoris 1080p and has multiple inputs, one with ccir 709 data from FCP and Color, another in RGB for expanded desktop.

     

    As for "this poor chap", he didn't ask for nor did I claim that the 5770 would provide color correction. He just wants a decent value. I think what I did with mine reflects good value.

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