View Full Version : building an hoem digital video system, tips?
11-26-2002, 06:31 PM
Okay ai am buying anew digital video camera and I feel a new computer built specifically for editing video would accent it beautifully. What is needed? How about costs? any suggested systems? I basically need some advice. SHould i build it myself. I can build a decent dual proc machine but with dual p4 3.0ghzs would be expensive. And how much power do i need to work with the videos in a reasonable amount of time as opposed to quickly. Thanks.
ps the camera is a can elure 40mc
11-26-2002, 06:55 PM
Well it depends how serious you want to get and about how long the videos are going to be. Hard drive wise, ide 7200 drives will do, but for better performance, a scsi setup is always better. About 12.5 GB fills up one hour of video. I'd recommend getting the WD se drives if you want to save some money from a scsi setup. For capturing, pretty much any firewire card will do. Ram, I'd say minimum is 512 MB more the better. Cpu is as always faster the better, the cpu will determine how much time you get to sit waiting for renders, but if you do those overnight it becomes not a real big deal. Software is whats key here. Adobe Premiere 6.5 and Avix Xpress DV are probably the PC standards.
Of course. . . you could avoid all this trouble and get a powermac or iMac and get Final Cut Pro 3 which is probably industry standard for DV editing. Also, another incentive is Final Cut Pro 4 is just around the corner.
11-26-2002, 07:54 PM
11-26-2002, 08:25 PM
If you are going to get a computer specifically for video editing I would also suggest a mac. A G4 or the new dual G4 would be perfect but if you arenít looking to spend that much the G4 iMac can definitely hold its own.
Another vote for a Mac. The eMac with a Superdrive is the best deal.
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