Best Video Editing Computer

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Aaron Fagan, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. Aaron Fagan

    Aaron Fagan Guest

    Hello All,

    Here is one for you: What would you recommend as the BEST video editing
    computer, and why?

    It can be a computer designed for video editing, a stock computer, or a
    custom. List customizations!

    Aaron P. Fagan

    -NewLine Magic

    -Theatre F/X

    Aaron Fagan, Nov 24, 2004
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    nappy-iou Guest

    One that you can walk away from.
    nappy-iou, Nov 24, 2004
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    Ritz Guest

    If you just want to plug and play, it's hard to beat a dual G5 + lots of
    memory + lots of disk + FCP.

    If you've got more time and less money, there's dual opteron + lots of
    memory + lots of disk + Cinelerra.

    I'm inclined to go with choice #2 since I'm more familiar with Linux
    than Mac OSX and am also more experienced with PC Hardware. But if I
    had the budget and no inclination to "look under the hood" I'd just do
    the Mac thing and be done with it.

    Ritz, Nov 24, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    How deep are your pockets? for some truly awesome machines :)

    Mike Kujbida, Nov 24, 2004
  5. Aaron Fagan

    Ritz Guest

    Nice systems, but they're priced about 4-5X over what they should be if
    you took the same parts and rolled your own.

    Ritz, Nov 24, 2004
  6. I always recommend that you take a look at the turnkey manufacurers'
    sites and see what they are building. One such is

    Gary Eickmeier
    Gary Eickmeier, Nov 24, 2004
  7. Hi there,

    I'm doing research for a possible bussiness plan, and this thread is on
    the right topic...

    Do you think there's room in the small to medium studio market for an
    "embedded" style video editing box, something that's dedicated to video
    editing alone, and possibly runs on a "renderfarm in a box" of about
    6-12 pc's?

    How much would ppl on the list be willing to pay for such a machine, and
    what should the bussiness model look like? Do you think there might be
    room in the market for a turnkey solution that works on a subscription
    model starting at about $300 per month, depending on the complexity of the
    solution, including support?

    Other possible building blocks in such a solution would be centralized
    storage, more renderfarm nodes, etc.


    Adriaan Pelzer
    Adriaan Pelzer, Nov 25, 2004
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    nappy-iou Guest

    Already been done.. A few years ago. Can't remember the name but they had a
    few models.
    And in other ways, AVID does it by forcing people to use only their
    nope. No one would opt for it whenthey can pay the same monthly for a high
    end AVID/FCP/'Premiere rig.

    I had a couple of those types of DAWs in the early 90's . Any more I NEVER
    want to tie the hardware to the software. Companies doing this can never
    afford to keep up with the competition and the power of Microsoft or Apple
    providing operating systems that offer great enhancements as the codebase
    progresses. They become obsolete in short order.
    nappy-iou, Nov 25, 2004
  9. Aaron Fagan

    pduck Guest

    I would highly recommend a Macintosh. Graphics and video are what these
    computers do best. The software and hardware are very well integrated so
    that everything works well together. Final Cut Pro is quickly becoming
    the standard editing software for the independent film crowd, though I
    use it for making short form industrial videos. Get a duel G5 and you
    can use it to edit anything from DV to HD.

    There's a new book out describing how Walter Murch used Final Cut Pro to
    edit the movie "Cold Mountain." I haven't read it yet, but you might be
    pduck, Nov 25, 2004
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    nappy-iou Guest

    nappy-iou, Nov 25, 2004
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    dxyzc Guest

    Get SATA drives whether you go Mac or PC. I am newbie and use
    Vegas/Windows XP/RAID SATA Drives. So far no performance issues. Of
    course, I am not rendering computer generated images (cgi). For that,
    you probably want to use a cluster farm of computers. I think Pixar(?)
    is now using Linux in a cluster farm of about 100 high horsepower pc's;
    they switched from SGI OS.

    dxyzc, Nov 25, 2004
  12. First of all, thank you very much for your input!

    To be quite honest - I still believe there's merit in building an embedded
    system, especially today. I think the fact that more mainstream Operating
    Systems (Linux, FreeBSD), is strong on the embedded side makes it a viable
    option. Then again, maybe I'm wrong :)
    Hmm - the main reason I want to build this is that I worked with Avid and
    Premiere, and it was not really what I expected it to be. I was hoping
    are others with the same experience (are ppl in general satisfied with the
    way Premiere and Avid works?)
    So - in short - if there isn't a market sector that's dissatisfied with
    the available tools (Avid and Premiere specifically), then I don't have
    a valid business model.
    Not really, if you base it on Linux or FreeBSD. <fs> I'd say the rate of
    on FreeBSD is much higher than MS if you take into consideration quality of
    Adriaan Pelzer, Nov 26, 2004
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