Desktop General Specs

Operating System: PC Windows 10.4.1 | MAC OS

Processors: Intel i7 or higher, or AMD Risen 7 or higher

RAM: 16GB Minimum | 32GM Recommended

Graphics Card – GPU: 4GB VRAM

GPU recommendation for Davinci Resolve 16 2020:

Storage: 2TB | two separate drives are ideal for workstation

Camera and Microphone: Laptops typically have these built in | Workstations typically do not

Logitech Mouse with scroll wheel:

Laptops should have the same specs. It is recommended to search for a “gaming” laptop, which typically have the specs to run editing software such as Davinci, for Apple Macs follow the specs listed above.

Software Requirements


Davinci Resolve (also includes Fusion and Fairlight)

Free version:

Full version:

Davinci Resolve (full version) | $299.00 flat rate

2 options: USB dongle or an activation card

USB Dongle: Allows you to go to any workstation that has Davinci preloaded and use the dongle for the full version.

Pro: Portability

Con: Dongle can be misplaced, don’t lose it!

Activation Card: Allows you to go to any workstation that has Davinci preloaded and log-in using your activation card ID number for the use the full version.

Pro: Portability

Con: System must be able to access Internet.


EP Movie Magic Scheduling (student version) | $185.00 flat rate



EP Movie Magic Budgeting – Optional (student version) | $185.00 flat rate



Screenwriting Options – Choose One

Final Draft (student version) | $94.00 flat rate:

Celtx (scriptwriting version) | $20.00 per month subscription/$15.00 yearly:


RED Cine-X | free



Important Note: MPI offers all of these resources at the school location for free.

The minimum requirement for students is to have a mobile device with a camera or a computer with a camera and microphone to attend the online class days remotely.

Students not wishing to outfit themselves with computer hardware and software for personal use for doing assignments outside of the school, will be required to come into the school to access these tools. This may be done during normal class hours or normal non-class school hours.


Students are required to have a portable hard drive to store their digital media (i.e. digital footage captured with school cameras, digital audio recording, project files for Davinci & Fusion, screenplays, EP scheduling files, etc.).

Hard drives should have the following:

External Drive Specs:

2 terabyte capacity

USB 3.0 or higher

Estimated cost: $125.00

Students are also required to purchase their own SD card for use in school cameras and audio recorders.

SD Card Specs:

32 gigabyte or higher

95MB/s or higher

Estimated cost: $25.00

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