This support article describes the recommended computer specifications to run Swing Catalyst. If your computer has lower specifications than the recommended specifications below you may experience poor playback or problems capturing live video.
Minimum computer specification
The absolute minimum requirement for running Swing Catalyst without live streaming cameras.
- Windows 7 SP2**, Windows 8 and later (32 or 64-bit)*
- Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.2 GHz dual processor or equivalent
- 4 GB system memory
- 3D-accelerated graphics card:
- Intel HD 3000 or HD 4000 (not recommended for playback of multiple camera angles)
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 or AMD Radeon HD 6470M
- Widescreen monitor (16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio) with a minimum resolution of 1366x768
* It is important to keep your Windows up to date, ensure that you're running the latest software updates and service packs at all times.
** Windows 7 is being phased out and we recommend upgrading to Windows 10.
** Windows Vista only works on versions 6.2.x or older.
** Windows XP only works on versions 4.6.x or older.
Recommended computer specification
Swing Catalyst runs optimally with these specifications.
- Windows 10 64-bit
- Intel® Core™ i5/i7 CPU* (Skylake or newer architectures are recommended) or alternatively:
- AMD Ryzen 1700, 1700X & 1800X or newer.
- 8 GB DDR3 RAM or more
- 1 SSD for the main operating system & one separate HDD (1TB 7200 RPM (or larger) or SSD for database storage.
- Preferred dedicated graphics cards (minimum 1GB of video memory):
- NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050, 1060 (or better), or AMD Radeon R9 280, 380 or 480 better. Most mid to high range cards are suitable:
- On-board graphics for portable systems (where no dedicated GPU is available):
- Intel HD (4600, 5000, 6000, or Iris Graphics , performance respectively, please contact support if you have additional questions about Intel graphics).
- Monitor capable of 1080p (Full HD) resolution. Multiple monitors may be preferable depending on the setup.
* The CPU recommendations vary depending on how many live capture cameras you plan on using. For 4 camera system we recommend an Intel i7 or AMD Ryzen CPU and a dedicated graphics card.
Using USB 3.0 cameras
USB 3.0 cameras can be tricky, and using multiple cameras on a laptop can present some challenges, therefor it's important you check compatibility with our recommendations before purchasing.
Our USB3 recommendations: http://support.swingcatalyst.com/hc/en-us/articles/204239738-Recommended-USB-3-0-Components
Networking requirements for GigE Cameras
If GigE cameras are to be used, one or more network ports/cards are required.
Warning: If using a laptop, please make sure that the laptop supports Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps). Some laptop network adapters only have Fast Ethernet, which is 100Mbps.
Example: Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller.
Lenovo laptops like the Lenovo Ideapad 110-15ISK comes with 100Mbps Fast Ethernet, and cannot be used for GigE cameras.
Depending on the required bandwidth by the camera, one or two cameras can be used on each network port (please see your camera manufacturers bandwidth requirements).
We recommend the following network cards (with installed Intel drivers), and are recommended by most camera manufacturers:
- Intel Pro/1000 GT (requires a free PCI slot)
- Intel Pro/1000 CT (requires a free 1x PCIe slot)
- Intel Gigabit Server Adapter (with dual ports) (requires a free 4x PCIe slot)
Most gigabit Ethernet network cards with support for jumbo frames will work.
Note: Realtek network cards that don't support 9KB jumbo frames may not work well.
Cameras that work in a two cameras on a single network port
The following camera's have been tested & work two cameras on a single network port:
AVT Manta G-033,
AVT Manta G-034,
AVT Manta G-046
AVT Prosilica GC650
Point Grey BlackFly 03S3C
Cameras that require a dedicated network port
AVT Mako G-030C
AVT Prosilica GE680
Gige cameras and network cards with known issues:
- IDS GigE cameras with Realtek Network cards.
- Etherkiller network cards
For more network specific details see: