Getting into HD, simple editing?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by cam35pilot, Jun 7, 2006.

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    cam35pilot Guest

    I bought a Sony HDR-FX1 video camera, and have shot about 6 hours of
    video. I also just bought a 3 GHz Dell with 1 GB RAM and a Sony
    DVD-burner, and I would like to start editing. Can anyone recommend
    software and capture card. I just need to do basic transitions and text
    titles, nothing crazy. I have Adobe Premiere 6.0 on my old PC, so that
    might save me some money if I can upgrade to HD-capable software, I
    hope. :)
    Any help will be greatly appreciated. I would like to keep it under
    $1,000.00 for the card and software, if possible. Thanks!

    cam35pilot, Jun 7, 2006
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    Kill Bill Guest

    You'll have to upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0. If you don't like
    Premiere, there's a vast majority of HDV supported editing on the market

    Sony Vegas (PC only)
    Sony Movie Studio Platm Ed (PC only)
    iMovie HD (Mac only)
    Final Cut Pro 5.0 (Mac only)
    Final Cut Express HD (Mac only)
    Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 (PC only)
    Avid Xpress Pro (PC and Mac)
    What do you need a capture card for? Do you have other sources of SD or

    Kill Bill, Jun 7, 2006
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    mmaker Guest

    All you need is Firewire and HDV-compatible software. I believe
    Premiere Pro 2.0 supports HDV, Liquid Edition does, and so does Avid
    Xpress Pro HD... not sure about anything else.

    mmaker, Jun 7, 2006
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    cam35pilot Guest

    Thanks to both of you for your replies. I had a brain freeze there,
    forgot that I ordered a firewire port with the PC, doh! I'll probably
    just upgrade to Premiere Pro 2, but might go to Avid in the future, as
    an acquaintance of mine teaches it at the local county college.

    Rich :)
    cam35pilot, Jun 8, 2006
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    Darek S Guest

    <<I bought a Sony HDR-FX1 video camera, and have shot about 6 hours of
    Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 requires 2GB RAM and 3.4 GHz processor for HD
    editing. I wasn't able to do it on 3.06 GHz and 1 GB RAM. The response from
    Adobe was that the hardware is not up to it.

    Darek S, Jun 9, 2006
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    mmaker Guest

    Bizarre. Xpress Pro HD works OK for HDV with a P4-3.06 and 1GB RAM, and
    that's doing native MPEG-2 editing, not using an intermediate codec
    like Premiere.

    (I think I'm right that Premiere transcodes HDV when capturing?)

    mmaker, Jun 9, 2006
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    Toby Guest

    Minimum system requirements for HDV with Premiere Pro 2 are a 3.4 GHz P4 and
    2 gigs of RAM.

    Toby, Jun 13, 2006
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    Mr. Tapeguy Guest

    I did some recent HDV training with V.A.S.S.T. and they are highly
    respected in the field. Their guys use primarily Sony Vegas and Final
    Cut. There are several options available to you but I would start with
    Vegas. It has a cult following which is growing and appears to have
    fewer complaints that Liquid. Avid XPress Pro HD is considerably more

    With Sony, Adobe, Avid and Liquid you can start with less expensive
    consumer versions to see if you like the interface, even if it won't
    handle HD. Then you can upgrade if you like it.

    As mentioned by others, you won't need a capture card.


    Adobe - Apple - Avid - Canon - Digidesign - M Audio - Panasonic - Sony
    Mr. Tapeguy, Jun 13, 2006
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    cam35pilot Guest

    Thanks everyone. I think I'll look into Vegas 6, cause I just installed
    a DVD-writer on my new PC, and would like to get my feet wet. Avid
    looks a bit pricey, for sure. Thanks again.
    cam35pilot, Jun 13, 2006
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    cam35pilot Guest

    Quick question, before I purchase Sony Vegas 6, do you think there
    would be a conflict if I already had Premiere 6 on this PC. I want it
    dedicated for Multimedia (with Director and Power Point for other
    projects), no internet, or other crap, but don't want to load Premiere
    6 (for DV editing of older tapes, until I can buy Vegas) if it's going
    to cause a conflict. Thanks for the help.
    cam35pilot, Jun 13, 2006
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    doc Guest

    definatly Avid is slick with what your trying to do.

    doc, Jul 16, 2006
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    doc Guest

    hey, you get what you pay for as you always say tapeguy.

    doc, Jul 16, 2006
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