HitFilm compatible hardware thread

Andy001z
Andy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 2,976 Ambassador
edited October 2015 in General

So an idea, we all know that sometimes new computers, graphics cards and laptops might not work as well with products as we hoped. So to assist the community I propose that members list their base build hardware in this thread and indicate if it was compatible or not. And if they had to take any remidal action (i.e. update the drivers). This way if a user wishes to upgrade they have some known options to choose from.

Suggested headings

Hitfilm version:

Device Type : Laptop or Desktop or Tablet

OS:

Device Name: I.e. Lenovo Y50

CPU model:

GPU (Gfx card):

Memory:

Hard disk type (SSD, IDE):

Compatibility rating: (i.e. 100% = works no probs -50% Some crashes - 0% = does not work)

Hitfilm performance: (1-10, with ten being flys along with no lag):

 

 

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  • Andy001z
    Andy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 2,976 Ambassador

    Hitfilm version: 2 Express , 3 Express

    Device Type :  Desktop

    OS: Windows 7

    Device Name: PCSpecilist custom build.

    CPU model:Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz, 3067 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical 

    GPU (Gfx card):ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series

    Memory: 4GB

    Hard disk type (SSD, IDE): IDE

    Compatibility rating: 100%

    Hitfilm performance: 6

  • johnnyjelko
    johnnyjelko Website User Posts: 93

    Hitfilm version: 3 Express

    Device Type :  Desktop

    OS: Windows 7 Pro

    Device Name: Custom built  x99 PC

    CPU model: i7 5820k 6 cores(12 threads) 3.6ghz, 4ghz OC

    GPU (Gfx card): AMD R9 390 8gb

    Memory: 16gb ddr4

    Hard disk type (SSD, IDE): 240gb ssd, 1TB HD, 2 x 300gb HD

    Compatibility rating: 100%

    Hitfilm performance: 9(rounded up)

    sidenotes: I've only been editing in hitfilm for a few months - So I've barely tapped its potential. Flies through pretty much everything I throw at it. And I find the interface much more intuitive than others I've used.

  • Andy001z
    Andy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 2,976 Ambassador
  • Pencilandinc
    Pencilandinc Website User Posts: 143

    Hitfilm version: Hitfilm 3 Pro

    Device Type : Desktop

    OS: Windows 7

    Device Name: HP Z600 workstation

    CPU model: Intel Xeon E5520, Dual Quad-Core

    Compatibility rating: 100%

    Hitfilm performance: 9

  • Stargazer54
    Stargazer54 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 2,995 Ambassador

    @Pencilandinc  What was your GPU?

    I'll throw mine on the pile:

    Hitfilm version:  HF 3 Pro

    Device Type : Desktop

    OS: Win 7

    Device Name: Home built

    CPU model:  i7 Quad-Core 4.0 GHz

    GPU (Gfx card): Asus 980 GTX ti  6GB

    Memory:  32 GB

    Hard disk type  SSD for OS, spinning disk for video

    Compatibility rating: 100%

    Hitfilm performance: 9

    Notes: the only thing that stops me from giving HF a 10 is that there seems to be some slight lag on transcoded video files that have large amounts of noise or fine detail.   That could be a work flow problem on my part, so the jury is still out.

    But adding effects to a shot is a breeze with this system.   The first time I fired up HF and was able to scrub atomic particles in near real time, I knew I would be pleased with my investment.   I am now back in the mode where I can say, "I wonder what this slider does?", yank on it and not have to wait for the screen to refresh.

    (Yes, I know I went overboard on the memory.  My thinking was to have enough available for a ramdrive or cache if I ever needed it.)

     

  • Pencilandinc
    Pencilandinc Website User Posts: 143

    Sorry, Nvidia NVS 315.

  • Andy001z
    Andy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 2,976 Ambassador

    @Pencilandinc Thanks, have to look into that card, not seen it before.

    Anyone else going to share, all good info.

  • Triem23
    Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 18,956 Ambassador
    edited October 2015

    Ok, I play

    Hitfilm version:  . We'll call it Pro3, although I also have 2 Express/Ultimate and 3 Express 

    Device Type : Laptop 

    OS:  Win7 Pro 64-bit

    Device Name: Sager Np-8170

    CPU model: [email protected] GHz

    GPU (Gfx card): Nvidia 580gtxm 2gb 

    Memory: 16GB [email protected]

    Hard disk type (SSD, IDE): Os Drive, Seagate 500GB+4GB SSD [email protected] RPM. Work Drive, 750GB Seagate 7200RPM

    Compatibility rating: 99%. Occasionally I get the odd crash. Usually this means I have overloaded my poor machine (I sent in a support ticket once for a project I had animated and test rendered. I could never open it again. According to FxHome tech support the project wanted 32GB RAM and 4GB VRAM--twice what my machine had. I have seen the same error code again. Thus, why I say I overload my system.)

    Hitfilm performance: 3. I often get massive lag--I can't imagine why three million polys, 12 camera projection planes, 24 lights, and multiple particle simulators tossing out a hundred thousand animated textures would cause such lag! ;-) 

    Now... This 2011 laptop has served well and true, but her replacement was just ordered this morning. 

    The new machine will be a Sager np-8678-s with an i7-6700HQ, Nvidia 980m 8GB, 64 GB Ram (useful when going between Hitfilm, Vegas, Photoshop and Mocha in a work session while still letting me allocate 4GB of RAM cache per program) with the OS/Cache drive being a 256GB SSD, the Programs/Secondary Cache drive being a 256GB SSD, a 1TB 7200RPM Library Drive(stock elements, music, SFX, models, etc). This can later be replaced with an SSD, but, for now that takes $300 off the build. Finally,  a 1TB SSD work drive. 

    I expect massive speed improvement. More importantly, I expect to not have to keep cutting back particle systems or llights so the GPU doesn't tell me to do something biologically impossible. 

  • Andy001z
    Andy001z Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 2,976 Ambassador

    @Triem23 sounds like a beast you have on the way, be good to see a new post with how this new laptop performs. Thanks for the post.

  • Robin
    Robin Website User Posts: 1,671 Enthusiast

    Okay, here we go - I'm working on two machines so I'll split that up in two posts.

    Hitfilm version: Pro 3 actively, but had every release since the start.

    Device Type : Desktop

    OS: Windows 10 (Win 8.1 before that, worked just as well), x64

    Device Name: Nope, custom built PC.

    CPU model: Intel i7 4770K @ 3.5GHz

    GPU (Gfx card): Nvidia GeForce 970 4GB

    Memory: 16GB (Don't know the exact specs right now.

    Hard disk type (SSD, IDE): 440 GB SSD as OS drive, 128 GB SSD as Cache drive, 1TB HDD for everything else.

    Compatibility rating: 99% Like Triem, the occasional hang-up or crash, but probably nothing that my hardware is even to blame for.

    Hitfilm performance: 9. There's always room on the upper end, but this machine is blazing through most of the stuff I throw at it.

  • Robin
    Robin Website User Posts: 1,671 Enthusiast

    Second machine, my mobile working device.

    Hitfilm version: Only Pro 3 yet tried on this.

    Device Type : Tablet/Laptop-Hybrid

    OS: Windows 10 (Windows 8.1 before that)

    Device Name: Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

    CPU model: Intel i5 4300U @ 1.9GHz

    GPU (Gfx card): Intel HD 4000

    Memory: 8GB

    Hard disk type (SSD, IDE): 256 GB SSD.

    Compatibility rating: 90% It does most things I want of it. Some touchscreen related issues, and the UI doesn't really scale well on the high dpi display.

    Hitfilm performance: 2. Well the Surface isn't meant for video editing and I haven't done lots on it, but get severe lag with most basic things. So, okay for the occasional edit / quick effect, but nothing to do real video work on. Doesn't only affect HitFilm though.

  • Shockblackminer
    Shockblackminer Website User Posts: 1


    Hitfilm version:any 

    Device Type : Laptop 

    OS: Windows 10 (64-bit) Home DVD with paper sleeve

    Device Name: custom built laptop

    CPU model: Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor 6300HQ (2.3GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo)

    GPU (Gfx card): NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M - 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 12

    Memory:  8GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)

    Hard disk type (SSD, IDE): none

    Compatibility rating: 

    Hitfilm performance: 

  • Bobertsoft
    Bobertsoft Website User Posts: 1

    Currently struggling with an old Dell Studio 1749. 

    Win 7 64 bit

    4 GB ram (oh the shame)

    1st generation i5 @ 2.0ghz

    Radeon something or other....

    500gb HDD.

    Everything lags.....everything. Even internet explorer! Oh the humanity.

    BUT

    Soon getting 

    Core i7 6th generation quad core

    Windows 10

    16g ram

    128 ssd for OS and Apps

    1T HDD for video

    Nvidia gtx 960m 2GB.

    I'll be expecting a wee boost in performance. Incidentally, would I be better served by a gtx 970m with 3 g ram but only a 4th gen i7 and windows 8?

    Thanks folks

     

  • Triem23
    Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 18,956 Ambassador

    @Bobertsoft I believe Hitfilm uses CPU for video encode/decode and computing particle positions. Everything else is GPU. I think a 4th gen i7 with a 970 is probably a better move. Some of those more technically knowledgeable than I might have other input. 

  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 0 Enthusiast
    edited August 2016

    @Bobertsoft - We need to know the model of the i7 CPU's, because in laptops some are waaaay slower than others.

    My 5 year old laptop with an i7 beats a laptop today with an i7 in it that has only got 2 cores 4 threads, if we talk about raw power. Single core performance mine is lacking, but I don't think it's that big of a deal.

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