What are others thoughts about GPU tech moving forward? Do others feel MAGIX will still support AMD as the best option for Vegas Pro?
I'm trying to convince myself to stick with Vegas if a Radeon card is still the way to go. Vegas 14 is still pretty mediocre for timeline playback performance with my current GTX-660ti no matter what settings I change and the only thing I can think of is getting a newer GPU. Since Vegas 15 now supports nVidia, I'm torn which way to go as I don't want to invest in inferior tech for Vegas - Resolve is an amazing tool as it's color grading and rendering blow anything else I've tried, but Resolve hardware specs for GPU are over the top and outside of my budget, and you have to use a decklink mini monitor card for secondary monitor support. -I do edit on a laptop at times when traveling and Vegas is so much more forgiving on the GPU front for basic editing and color correction - albeit at the expense of RT timeline playback performance. The cost for a current laptop with decent specs also falls outside my budget - I can find Refurbished Dell Precision M4700/M4800 laptops with i7 quad core, 16-32gb RAM and 2GB GPU's (Either nVidia or the occasional AMD Firepro) for around $600 - a pretty big upgrade from my old M4500 with 16GB RAM and 1GB Quadro FX880M I've had for close to 7 years now.
Others say they still use AMD cards even with the latest Vegas Pro 15. I have again run into issues with Vegas randomly crashing on exit and a basic project I have with the following plugin chain applied and it can't play back in Preview Full any better than about 12-14fps on a 1080-30p project using Cineform clips. The interview material has key framed clipping masks applied at the clip level for tweaking the lighting on the subjects faces, a simple key framed motion title created in Vegas and a second timeline with stills. Same project in Resolve just plays and renders like butter. Premiere Pro falls in the middle of the three NLE's editing the same project.
Here are the all Vegas only plugins chain in order from left to right at the track level: Levels - Brightness and Contrast - Saturation Adjust - Vignette
At the Clip level each clip has a clipping mask applied - these Vegas only Plugins are applied to the clipping mask: Fill Light - Brightness and Contrast (clipping path applied around face to add emphasis)
Any thoughts given my new hardware upgrade is pretty nice: An ASUS ROG Strix Z370-H Mobo with an i8700K hexcore OC'd to 4.7ghz and 16GB RAM (will be adding another 16GB later this month). Boot drive is a 240GB SSD, Project files are stored on a separate 7200RPM spinning drive, video and audio temp is located on a separate 160GB 7200rpm drive solely for this purpose and all assets are on a 2x1GB 7200rpm Raid0 via eSata.
What would others recommend as the best bang for the buck GPU - I've been looking at the 8GB versions of the R290, 390 series as well as RX470, 480, 570, and 580 cards from AMD (all seem to be close in price on eBay). If I do go nVidia, I have more or less decided on the GTX-1060 6GB card. I could go with a 4GB card if needed but that's not really future proofing myself for the eventual move to 4K - right?
I'm still editing 1080p footage but do eventually plan to move to 4K later this year but I'm pretty happy (and so are my clients) with the image quality of the current 1080p footage I'm shooting. I've tested XAVC-I vs Cineform as converted clips and have seen no difference in performance of Vegas timeline playback and XAVC doesn't support Alpha Transparency where Cineform does - and I do need that option on occasion. File sizes are similar depending on the clip converted.
I'm torn about upgrading to Vegas Pro 15 given the mixed reviews from other users.
Any advice based on this information?