AVoption|XL Requirements Pro Tools|HD Systems
With Pro Tools 5.3.3 for Windows XP
Please Note: AVoption|XL has unique compatibility requirements. If the information on this page appears to contradict information listed elsewhere in these Compatibility Documents, please adhere to the information listed on this page when configuring a system which includes AVoption|XL.
Important Information: For updated slot order information with the latest qualified configurations, refer to the AVoption|XL Guide in the Technical Document Library of the Support/Tech Support section of the website. For further compatibility information when used with Expanded Systems, see Supported Optional Expansion Chassis for Pro Tools|HD for Windows XP systems in the Compatibility Documents.
Digidesign PCI Card and Hardware Supplied with System
Digidesign Software Supplied with System
Required Hardware Components (not supplied)
Supported CPUs Pro Tools|HD Systems
The HP Workstation xw8000 is not compatible with Pro Tools|HD or MIX systems due to a PCI card seating problem.
Expansion Chassis (Optional)
Maximum Performance Guidelines
Compatible Dual-Channel SCSI HBA card (see above)
Total System RAM: Minimum 512 MB or higher
Use one SCSI Channel for Pro Tools audio storage and the second SCSI channel for video storage. If Compression levels of 2:1 or 1:1 (uncompressed) is desired then a 2nd Compatible Dual-Channel LVD SCSI HBA card is required and video storage should be connected to this controller.
Note: AVoption|XL supports "plug and play" compatibility with many Avid systems. When "inheriting" a drive containing audio and video data from an Avid system, we recommend you connect this drive to the SCSI channel dedicated to video storage. There is no need to copy the audio data from such a drive to your dedicated audio drives, however we recommend that you not record any additional audio tracks onto this drive.
Virtually all the testing for AVoption|XL was done with a baseline of 48 tracks of 24- bit/48k audio and one stream of uncompressed video data (record and/or playback). These test configurations generally included one drive for every 16 tracks of audio. One way to achieve higher track counts is to dedicate more drives to the audio tracks.
On a supported configuration, you should be able to easily achieve this performance baseline, even with a high degree of edit density on each track. The higher the edit density, the more heavily taxed will be the storage subsystem.
You may find much better results than this baseline, since Digidesign's performance tests are designed to stress the storage subsystem more heavily than the average "real world" usage. In several cases, our test group was able to continuously record or playback higher audio tracks and uncompressed picture simultaneously.
There are other possible steps that can be taken to maximize the performance of a Pro Tools system with AVoption|XL. For more information, refer to the AVoption|XL Guide in the Technical Document Library of the Support/Tech Support section of the website.