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Should I upgrade my video card for film scoring?

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Hey everyone,

I'm getting into film scoring more and more. I got a film project I'm working on doing the score for. The larger it gets, the worse the video playback is.

I have a rather high end system (at least to me):

i7 3820
ASUS P9X79 mobo
32 GB RAM (1600 mhz)
RME Fireface UCX
Radeon HD 5450 vid card
Studio One v2 DAW


So.. the issue with my choppy playback either has to be one of 2 things:

1) New video card. The Radeon 5450 is a pretty cheap card. Most gamers wouldn't touch it at this point... this I know. So, I'm wondering if a new, higher end graphics card will help

2) Is there a certain codec that works better for scoring films within the DAW? If so, does anyone know of a good converter? Right now I'm working with an 8GB .MOV file, 29 frames/second, 1920 x 1080 resolution. Studio One, only has a Quicktime wrapper... there are no video settings within S1 unfortunately.. so any changes I did to the video would need to be before I brought it in S1 to do the score. Should I try to convert?


There doesn't seem to be too much information out there on this type of topic. Most topics revolve around gaming, which i'm not totally sure if it's the same beast as film scoring. So, any information at all would be very helpful.

Thanks!
Edited by CPhoenix - 7/8/13 at 8:06am
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You may want to take a look at some of the professional types of cards. They are more optimized for the type of workload you are talking about.
    
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^wow thank you... i didn't know there was a difference.

looking into these
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