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  • Thu, Nov 8 2012 10:29 AM

    • Typhon2007
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    Z420 is a Qualified PC Systems for Media Composer 6.x!!!

    Great news!!!

    http://resources.avid.com/supportfiles/attach/AVID_HP_Z420_ConfigGuide%20_MC_Symphony_6.x%20_NewsCutter_10.x%20_RevA.pdf

    But bad news too. Avid doesn't qualified this PC to use witch Unity FC.

    We will be stuck in the last decade with our old XW8400, XW8600 and Z400. No future for us?

    15x z420 - MC 8.7.2 - ISIS 5500 3x64TB - Interplay 3.5 - ProTools 12.6 [view my complete system specs]
  • Thu, Nov 8 2012 12:20 PM In reply to

    Re: Z420 is a Qualified PC Systems for Media Composer 6.x!!!

    Well, since Unity MN 5 was EOL'd, it makes sense that at some point they would stop qualifying new systems with old MN setups.

    One solution would be to simply try to stick the FC card in a place where a local SCSI controller would otherwise go; may not be supported, but might still work for you.

    Another solution that can bring you into this decade could be to trade-in your Fibre Unity to ISIS5000, using the current promotion. See http://www.avid.com/US/specialoffers/Airspeed-5000-trade-up. This means you get a trade-in towards your existing MN setup, but also an extra trade-in per seat license you have. This quickly adds up and makes ISIS5000 more attractive than ever before, I think.

    And then there are some good places to get used/refurbished Z400 and Z800 systems, which would outrun your XW's, and you could still get Avid qualified systems. I've had good experiences with this company.

     

    Media Composer Symphony | PT Ultimate | Win10 HPZ | OSX MBP | ISIS5000 [view my complete system specs]
  • Fri, Nov 16 2012 7:27 PM In reply to

    • Typhon2007
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    Re: Z420 is a Qualified PC Systems for Media Composer 6.x!!!

    Thank you for your answer Job.

    I had alreay review those three solutions with my reseller (Diginet).

    He came today with a new Z 420. We put the FC card from an XW8600 in slot 4 (if i remember well - the one next to the Nitris card).

    And ... JOY. Everything worked well. No problem at all. Eventhough our Interplay server was not updaded to support the Interplay client version of the MC6.5 we had no trouble at all.

    I will work a bit more next week on that computer test and I think we will go to upgrade the oldest computer with Z 420.

    15x z420 - MC 8.7.2 - ISIS 5500 3x64TB - Interplay 3.5 - ProTools 12.6 [view my complete system specs]
  • Sat, Nov 17 2012 7:31 PM In reply to

    Re: Z420 is a Qualified PC Systems for Media Composer 6.x!!!

    The list of qualified systems (Rev 6, 11/5/12) shows that the earliest version of Media Composer supported on the Z420 is 6.5.  However, the configuration guide (9/20/12) indicates Media Composer 6.x is supported.  Which of these is correct?  The version I have is 6.0.3, and I'm not sure upgrading to 6.5 makes sense to me at this time.

    Media Composer 2020.9 w/Symphony | OS X 10.15.7 | iMac 2017 (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017) 4.2 GHz Intel Core i7 | 40 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 | TerraMaster 16TB external... [view my complete system specs]
  • Thu, Jun 12 2014 10:33 PM In reply to

    Re: Z420 is a Qualified PC Systems for Media Composer 6.x!!!

    hi Typhon,

    I'm facing the same situation. I have tried it and it seemed to work until some mallware messed the machine up. After removing the mallware with mallwarebytes (and removing mallwarebytes again) the machine now takes very long to logon if I have fiber connected. I'm going to re-install windows7  and everything else to exclude something that might have gone "bad " in windows due to the mallware. 

    Because everything seems to work normal if I'm very patient during logon I would just like to aks you if your setup worked stable in the end?

    If possible I would like to know which MN client you were using (5,3?) with which atto driver (2.66?) and configuration tool (3.33?) and which firmware inside the atto card (I tried with the latest from atto but it doesn't make a difference)?

     

     

    From the old Apple Quadro 950 to HP Z8xx. My current own system: 1x Z420 E5 1650 16GB memory, 128GB SSD, 1x XW8600, 2x 3.0Ghz Quadcore, 12GB memory... [view my complete system specs]

    Jeroen van Eekeres 

    Technical director, Broadcast support engineer, Avid ACSR.

     

    Always have a backup of your projects....Always!!!! Yes Always!!!!

    A.V.I.D....... Another Version In Development

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  • Fri, Jun 13 2014 4:32 PM In reply to

    • Typhon2007
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    Re: Z420 is a Qualified PC Systems for Media Composer 6.x!!!

    Hi Jeroen.

    On that location, we have 3 Z420 Gen1 with FC connected to Unity and Nitris DX for more than 18 months. From the begining two of them are running fine (fast boot from ssd).

    The third system (same hardware, same config as the two others) take 2-3 minutes to go through the windows logon window. I tried everything (i thing). If i remember well i exchange the atto card, the fibers, i resinstalled the machine from scratch. No improvment. If i disconnect the fibers, logon is quick and fine. But as you said, there is no issue working with that workstation.

    The only workaround i found was to schedule a boot (via the bios) about 1/2h before the arrival of the editor. So when it is needed the computer is ready to work

    The three Z420 system are runing Unity 5.4.16330 and ATTO 2.66.2.0 (we also have there a Z400 and two xw8600).

    We plan to upgrade to ISIS5500 this summer.

    If you know anyone who would need a used Unity (1Media engine 8TB, 1 XT 8TB, 1XT 16TB), we would be please to discuss that with him. We only had an issue with the FC switch that we had to replace a few month ago.

    Typhon

     

    15x z420 - MC 8.7.2 - ISIS 5500 3x64TB - Interplay 3.5 - ProTools 12.6 [view my complete system specs]
  • Fri, Jun 13 2014 10:13 PM In reply to

    Re: Z420 is a Qualified PC Systems for Media Composer 6.x!!!

    Thx for the info Typhon.

    Typhon2007:
    If you know anyone who would need a used Unity

    Actually I do! Please contact me through mail on monday. I will contact the company that's searching for one to get you into contact.

    About the Z420... on this machine Harmonic Carbon coder, which the editor installed, was the cause. But un-install did not fix it. Only a format and re-install.

    Again big thank you for the info.

    From the old Apple Quadro 950 to HP Z8xx. My current own system: 1x Z420 E5 1650 16GB memory, 128GB SSD, 1x XW8600, 2x 3.0Ghz Quadcore, 12GB memory... [view my complete system specs]

    Jeroen van Eekeres 

    Technical director, Broadcast support engineer, Avid ACSR.

     

    Always have a backup of your projects....Always!!!! Yes Always!!!!

    A.V.I.D....... Another Version In Development

    www.mediaoffline.com

     

     

     

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