Hardware buying tips for running HitFilm

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  • AdyAdy Staff

    That's great. Seeming as I'm just starting out I doubt I'll be doing any complex projects. I'll download it and if things are going well and I want to move on to more complex things then I can always invest in better hardware at a later date.
    Thanks for the help!

    No worries!
    Don't forget to update your drivers as soon as you can & before starting HitFilm, I have posted the latest driver below for you:
    AMD 5670 Driver Windows 7
    Thanks
    Ady

  • Wow great price too. Do you own one? If you do how does it run hitfilm? Thanks

    Yes i do have one and it runs hitiflm so smooth and everything really and if you want you can even upgrade it to 8gb od ram for more power
  • Hi - I'm due to get a new machine early next year.
    I've seen a review of the GTX 660 Ti which saw it as a good price for great performance (even if a little power hungry).
    Any thoughts from anyone re HitFilm?
  • Not tried it myself but I've heard good things. I believe it's the replacement for the 560ti, which is what I have at home. That was a superb card, so I would expect the 660ti to be similarly good value/power.
  • My computer specs:(this is a laptop)
    Intel Core i5-2450m
    Nvidia Geforce gt525m 2GB
    6GB RAM
    750GB SATA
    Screen: 1366 x 768
  • Hi.
    I'm looking at buying a new laptop to run Hitfilm but one of the ones I'm looking at has an AMD Radeon HD 7470M (1 GB DDR5 dedicated) which isn't on the list of minimum/recommended requirements.
    Is this any good? Would the software still run OK?
    Thanks!

  • Hi.
    I'm looking at buying a new laptop to run Hitfilm but one of the ones I'm looking at has an AMD Radeon HD 7470M (1 GB DDR5 dedicated) which isn't on the list of minimum/recommended requirements.
    Is this any good? Would the software still run OK?
    Thanks!

    Hi Antony,
    Unfortunately the AMD 7470M isn't up to the specification for HitFilm.
    Do you have a budget in which you wish to keep to?
    Also does it have to be a laptop, you would get better performance from a desktop machine & it would be cheaper.
    Thanks
    Ady
  • edited October 2012
    Hi Ady.
    Thanks for the reply!
    Budget is around £500-£600 - I've since found this:
    http://shop.lenovo.com/gbweb/gb/en/laptops/ideapad/z-series/z580
    which had an NVIDIA Geforce GT 630M which is on the list, so I'm seriously considering it. Any thoughts on this? :)
    Edited to add: I don't really want or need a desktop in the big scheme of things; a laptop suits me better overall as long as it's man enough for my task!

  • Hi Ady.
    Thanks for the reply!
    Budget is around £500-£600 - I've since found this:
    http://shop.lenovo.com/gbweb/gb/en/laptops/ideapad/z-series/z580
    which had an NVIDIA Geforce GT 630M which is on the list, so I'm seriously considering it. Any thoughts on this? :)
    Edited to add: I don't really want or need a desktop in the big scheme of things; a laptop suits me better overall as long as it's man enough for my task!

    Antony!
    Please accept my apologies, I was not notified of your response & being away from the office for a while has meant that I was unable to respond to your question.
    I have no idea if you're still looking for something but I can't really recommend the GT 630, it's a low level middle class card so not really up to the task.
    Are you still looking for a laptop?
    I am so sorry for the late reply.
    Ady
  • edited November 2012
    I have a toshiba qosmio x505 with a i7 processor and 4gb ram (will be upgrading to the max of 8gb). It has a nvidia gts 360m gpu. Video plays back fine, but I cannot scrub the timeline fluidly. That is very important to me. I own Vegas pro and several 3d animation programs and they all play fine. I can scrub the timeline with Vegas no problem. My 500gb hard drive only has about 15gb left on it, but I have external hard drives for video editing.
    Is my machine too low powered for hit film 2? I am running windows 7 64 bit.
    Mike
  • Well, I figured it out.
    It has little to do with my machine. My laptop is a BEAST. It can handle almost ANYTHING I throw at it.
    However, CODEC was everything. I download Avid's DNxHD Codec, which is FREE, and used my Pavtube Ultimate video converter - using the AVID Media Composer DNxHD settings (I changed them to match my source footage) and lo and behold, NOW I can edit the video, scrub and everything else.
    The original mp4 video was almost unuseable. The converted footage retained 100% of its excellent quality and was a ton easier to edit with. I started with 1920x1080p 23.97 fps video and converted it to both matching 1080p and slightly down-converted 720p formats. The 1080p was just slightly jerky. The 720p footage edited cleanly - no jerkiness on scrubbing or playback.
    So there you go. It has NOTHING to do with my video card or my memory (which I will STILL upgrade to 8gb). It had everything to do with the CODEC.
    Mike
  • Hello!
    My computer meets all of the recommended requirements. Well, except for the processor, which is jst 1.00GHz and, yeah, pretty bad. The problem is, anytime I try to do any complex Particle Simulator or 3D Model effect, it starts complaining: "HitFilm has encountered a problem and stopped working, blah blah blah." The same thing for when I turn on depth of field for atomic particles. Also, I have a problem moving things with the arrows. When I drag, it thinks for a bit, and then it moves into position. If this keeps continuing, it's going to take me like five tries to get it to the right spot.
    I have two guesses for what might be going wrong.
    [list=1]
    [*]The processor is simply not good enough to handle such complex information
    [*]There's nothing wrong with the processor, and HitFilm does take more advantage of the GPU. It's all the other programs installed on the computer that slow it down.
    [/list]
    Which one is it? Help me!!!!!! (please)
    Thanks,
    Kelemen Szabo
  • Can you let us know exactly what processor you are running, and which model your graphics card is? Once we have some details about your setup, then we can offer more helpful advice.
  • Hey! I found these bad boys : http://raincomputers.com/products/compare/?ref=md
    Their CPU are Intel XEON. Is it good, not bad or meh?
    I'm about to update, or buy a new computer beauce of the hardware starting to be outdated for the next OS generations.
  • Simon, I only took a quick glance as the rain laptops, and they seemed over priced to me. The livebook V2 looked almost twice the price of others systems that are similar. Maybe I'm missing something though.
    Richard.
  • Hey Richard, I think you're right. I took some research with others like HP or Dell even Apple. It seems to be overpriced...
    Talking about Apple, The last iMac just came out. And I heard that we are able to boot with Windows installed. Those specs a pretty nice : http://store.apple.com/ca/configure/MD096LL/A?
  • edited January 2013
    Hey Simon. Any time someone asks me what kind of desktop to buy, especially if they're already expecting to spend around $1500 on a new computer, I just suggest that they build a new one themselves. It's SO much cheaper to do a self-build, it's relatively easy, you can upgrade with no problem, and there's nothing quite like knowing exactly what's in your machine. I started building them in college, and it's amazing how much you learn about computers through a project like that. I'd be happy to give you a few ideas about parts if you're interested. You'd definitely be able to run pretty much anything you could wish for with a $1600 self-build.
    I'll give you an example. The current desktop I'm using would cost you around $1600 to build (estimated from current prices for the parts listed below), probably over $3000 to buy already assembled. These are the components I have:
    ASUS sabertooth z77 motherboard
    Intel i7 2660k quad-core processor @ 3.4 GHz
    Gigabyte GTX 670
    12 GB Corsair RAM
    120 GB SSD for OS, Hitfilm, and other programs I want to run fast
    1 TB WD hard drive
    Coolermaster CPU cooler
    750W power supply
    Antec 900 case
    generic optical drive
    Windows 7 64-bit
    With a 24" monitor you'd end up spending around $1750. That setup allows me to run any game with at least 60 fps, hitfilm hardly lags at all, and I can upgrade anything I want to keep up with advances in technology. Plus, it was a blast to build and learn from. These days, no one should be afraid to build a computer, even if they don't have much relevant experience. Heck, there are probably more than 150 good videos on youtube, not to mention a ton of other websites, guiding you through step-by-step if you get stuck.
    If you want a laptop, that's a different story. I won't be much help with those.
    Jim

  • Hey Simon. Any time someone asks me what kind of desktop to buy, especially if they're already expecting to spend around $1500 on a new computer, I just suggest that they build a new one themselves. It's SO much cheaper to do a self-build, it's relatively easy, you can upgrade with no problem, and there's nothing quite like knowing exactly what's in your machine. I started building them in college, and it's amazing how much you learn about computers through a project like that. I'd be happy to give you a few ideas about parts if you're interested. You'd definitely be able to run pretty much anything you could wish for with a $1600 self-build.
    I'll give you an example. The current desktop I'm using would cost you around $1600 to build (estimated from current prices for the parts listed below), probably over $3000 to buy already assembled. These are the components I have:
    ASUS sabertooth z77 motherboard
    Intel i7 2660k quad-core processor @ 3.4 GHz
    Gigabyte GTX 670
    12 GB Corsair RAM
    120 GB SSD for OS, Hitfilm, and other programs I want to run fast
    1 TB WD hard drive
    Coolermaster CPU cooler
    750W power supply
    Antec 900 case
    generic optical drive
    Windows 7 64-bit
    With a 24" monitor you'd end up spending around $1750. That setup allows me to run any game with at least 60 fps, hitfilm hardly lags at all, and I can upgrade anything I want to keep up with advances in technology. Plus, it was a blast to build and learn from. These days, no one should be afraid to build a computer, even if they don't have much relevant experience. Heck, there are probably more than 150 good videos on youtube, not to mention a ton of other websites, guiding you through step-by-step if you get stuck.
    If you want a laptop, that's a different story. I won't be much help with those.
    Jim

    Hi Jim,
    Some sound advice there, I have always built machines myself as I often found 'ready-built' machines to be far more expensive. And in a majority of cases that is correct, the only real downside to building your own machine is the fact that if something goes wrong it's down to you to fix it! Which can be a daunting task to some.
    There certainly should be no reason for anyone to feel like they can't do it, it is fairly easy, if a little fiddly in places, added to the fact that components can only go in one way & only fit in the correct 'slot'
    It's just whether or not you'd like some additional service or some 'insurance' if things do go wrong, which I can completely understand if you're going to be spending $1500+ on a PC.
    Thanks,
    Ady
  • I always build my own machines these days. It seems to have become considerably easier to do this over the last 5-10 years, with standardisation of stuff like PCI-E, HDMI, USB and SATA connectors.
    The main revelation when I first started trying to build my own machine was that, really, it's all about plugging things into other things. That's all there is to it, really, so as long as you're OK with reading instructions about what plugs where, it's pretty easy.
  • Can anyone characterize the mobile graphics chip scene a little better? For example, I see HD3000 as a minimum listed for Hitfilm, how does that translate when rendering something with EFX? How much of a difference does a HD4000 make (if noticeable)? How much better to step to discrete graphics like a 650M or 730M?
    I've seen it mentioned that Hitfilm employees have a wide range of PCs, laptops. Could you guys build a table of render times across those platforms doing some standard EFX laden tutorial?
    I'm looking to buy a new laptop and just want to know where the "comfortable" part of the price / performance curve lies today (Jan. 2013).... I guess that translates to shopping in the range of $600 to $1000, but don't know how much that range will vary my Hitfilm performance without some more info.
    I'm an Ultimate user and use a fair amount of EFX in all work.
    Thanks!

  • Building is super simple nowadays, when i started out you had to set IRQs with jumpers hahahaha, that was great fun


    Yeah, I remember mashing down DIPs to add memory chips to a memory board on my XT clone... fun days!
    Brian

  • Can anyone characterize the mobile graphics chip scene a little better? For example, I see HD3000 as a minimum listed for Hitfilm, how does that translate when rendering something with EFX? How much of a difference does a HD4000 make (if noticeable)? How much better to step to discrete graphics like a 650M or 730M?
    I've seen it mentioned that Hitfilm employees have a wide range of PCs, laptops. Could you guys build a table of render times across those platforms doing some standard EFX laden tutorial?
    I'm looking to buy a new laptop and just want to know where the "comfortable" part of the price / performance curve lies today (Jan. 2013).... I guess that translates to shopping in the range of $600 to $1000, but don't know how much that range will vary my Hitfilm performance without some more info.
    I'm an Ultimate user and use a fair amount of EFX in all work.
    Thanks!

    This might not be exactly what you are looking for as most of it are desktop machines, however, there are a few mobile GPU's benchmarked using a given scene to render.
    Here's the full thread: http://community.hitfilm.com/index.php?/topic/510-hitfilm-benchmark-scene/page__hl__+render++times
    This one looks closest to what you're looking for:

    When I first downloaded Hitfilm, it ran really slow on my old notebook. I've now got a faster one, but for fun, I'm including info for both.
    My old system was a MSI notebook, Pentium Dual core T4300 2.1Ghz, 4GB, NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
    It took 1 hour, 6 minutes
    The new system is a Sager NB9130 notebook, CORE i7 3610QM 2.3 GHz, 16GB, with both Intel integrated graphics, and GeForce GTX 670M w/1.5GB.
    Using the intel graphics, it took 7 minutes, 13 seconds.
    Using the 670M, it took 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

    All where the 30second test to MP4, everything else default

    Richard.

    The above shows a pretty large increase in render performance when switching to a discrete GPU.
    Hope that helps!
  • FWIW, Intel Graphics mentioned above was the HD4000. It may run HF, but I wouldn't recommend it.
    The 670M does a decent job for on a laptop. Would be nice to have something a bit better, but it's decent.
    Richard.
  • As a general rule of thumb, if you aim for a powerful gaming laptop you should be good to go with HitFilm as well.
  • Hi
    I'm planning on building a pc but I'm stuck with what hardware I should buy.
    I plan on buying AMD since its cheaper (and I'm on a fairly strict budget). At the moment I don't know wether to get an AMD Phenom ii x4 Black Edition (as recommended here), AMD FX 8350 or AMD A10 5600k.
    As for GPU I'm planning on investing in a Radeon HD7870 however I'm open to suggestions for different cards.
    My goal is run Hitfilm 2 smoothly without lag and reasonable render times. I'm open to all suggestions.
    Cheers
  • I have HitFilm Standard, but it won't run on my HP Pavilion Slimeline. Video Cards are very hard to find for this model, any suggestions?
  • Is a pain and incredible answer from FXHome to read that Hitfilm don´t uses CUDA power and nor OPEN CL graphic language.
    I am surprised because in most graphics entourages, designer uses the power that are available. I explain; if you have a low level Nvidia GPU the system run under the minimun performance (resolution, colors, shaders, etc) but run at last, BUT if (like me) you have a sisteen cores (two) Xeon procesors  and 64 GB of ram and a Quadro 5000 Nvidia you can run the Hitfilm at full power and plenty effects. This could be the desirable situation.
    Normaly this is a tic of configuration in some lost menu that activates the power inside your machine,or you run in the condiction available for your machine, as we do in Sony Vegas software. You have a CUDA GPU?, you can use GPU power, you have not a powerfull GPU?, ok, you run slower, but run.

    All the same power even if you have a "ferrary" ?, OK, very socialistic, but not fair.
    I advice to FXhome add the posibility of unleash the power of your computer to worck appropriately in important and powerful jobs, or HitFilm wil be released to a funny home game for enjoin your friends y summer vacational films.
    what a pity !

  • Hi Jim,
    Some sound advice there, I have always built machines myself as I often found 'ready-built' machines to be far more expensive. And in a majority of cases that is correct, the only real downside to building your own machine is the fact that if something goes wrong it's down to you to fix it! Which can be a daunting task to some.
    There certainly should be no reason for anyone to feel like they can't do it, it is fairly easy, if a little fiddly in places, added to the fact that components can only go in one way & only fit in the correct 'slot'
    It's just whether or not you'd like some additional service or some 'insurance' if things do go wrong, which I can completely understand if you're going to be spending $1500+ on a PC.
    Thanks,
    Ady


    Although I like the idea of building my own machine, which I had to do in the past.   Almost every time I could not get the same low price point which I could against a workstation which was already built.   I envy you two that you can get one built cheaper than buying it off the shelf.   Both my wife's system and mine which now are more than a few years old, I had priced out (parted) at 30% more than buying the system already built.
    Building is more exciting, although that being said, building with a faulty motherboard (or any component for that matter) can make all the hours spent feel like a waste.

     

  • If i could only rebuild the machine i just built i woulda went with a dual core mobo to handle 2 xeon processors for that 4k footage rendering...I don't wanna spend the money to junk a lot of perfectly fine parts so i think im going GTX TITAN... OR GTX 780 sli.  SLi may not work for hitfilm(yet) but it will aid sony vegas and any other program or game i use. 
    I want to pair Hitfilm 2 Ultimate with Clarisse because that would let me make the 3d world of my dreams and live in it ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rEv6Cs341Y
  • Hello everyone
    I'm currently in the process of building my first ever PC. The aim is to get it to run this, as well as playing games. I just wanted to post this on here to see if there is anything obvious that I have missed, and if there is anything you would change/recommend. The total price is pretty much the budget.

     

    CPU:  Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  (£253.19 @ Aria PC) 


    Motherboard:  ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX  LGA1155 Motherboard  (£100.91 @ Ebuyer) 

    Memory:  Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  (£51.98 @ Amazon UK) 

    Storage:  Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  (£105.74 @ Scan.co.uk) 


    Video Card:  EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card  (£272.74 @ Amazon UK) 



    Optical Drive:  Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer  (£13.15 @ Amazon UK) 

    Operating System:  Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)  (£64.98 @ Ebuyer) 

    Total: £1068.74


    Thanks for the help!

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