The B&H Photo PC Pro Workstation Rain Stratus-Based Entry Level EDIUS Pro 6.5 Turnkey centers on Rain's Stratus video editing computer and Grass Valley's EDIUS Pro 6.5 video editing program, known across all pro-video applications and particularly popular in the broadcasting industry. Stratus features a very fast 3.6 GHz Quad Core Sandy Bridge-E Xeon Intel processor, an NVIDIA Quadro 1GB graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive, and this B&H kit adds another 2TB hard drive to provide you with a total 2.5TB of storage space for when you're ready to install complementary applications, like Adobe's After Effects and Avid's Pro Tools, and for saving your projects, although saving internally without backing up to an external drive is risky. Storage space is expandable to a total of 12TB, which would allow you to keep a large number of applications and big projects on the computer, and RAM is expandable to 32GB so you can effectively run multiple power-hungry programs at the same time.
Stratus is also configured with a fan regulator that keeps the entire system running cool and quiet, and the installed Windows 7 is fine-tuned in the registry and BIOS settings to provide more system resources and processor efficiency for creative applications. Services unnecessary for such applications are disabled to maximize memory and hence bandwidth.
Stratus has a fast dual layer CD/DVD player and burner for offloading your projects to discs, and a memory card reader that can read from and write to SD, SDHC, SDXC, CF1, CF2, SM, MS, and MS Pro memory cards. For input/output, Stratus is equipped with numerous ports -- eight USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, two 6 Gb/s eSATA 3.0 ports, six PCI-Express 3.0 slots, one PCI slot, an Ethernet port, and two S/PDIF audio outputs, one coaxial and one optical, that support up to 7.1 channels of surround sound audio. In addition, Stratus has slots for installing two FireWire 400 ports for outputting video and audio.
You get a three-year warranty and three years of tech support on Stratus from Rain. Tech support includes phone support, 24/7 help desk support, and remote login tech support. You also get three Rain Ensemble Plug & Play sessions, which offer help with installing, testing and ensuring proper operation of 3rd party hardware and software, like sound cards and editing programs.
EDIUS Pro 6.5 features an open timeline that accepts most all popular video formats, including RED's .R3D (without source setting support). EDIUS works in real-time, so you won't have to wait for it to render after you add an effect or make any other change. Rather, you'll be able to see your change right away. EDIUS has 10-bit color correction tools and supports 3D stereoscopic editing. An outstanding aspect of the program is that although it's for Windows, it supports Apple's QuickTime HQ / HQX codec, which will let you export your files to a Mac as well as to a PC.
This B&H kit also includes a keyboard and mouse. The 2TB hard drive and EDIUS already come installed as part of a B&H installation and testing service, which is backed by a year of tech support.