Is this computer ok for video editing??

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Eric, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. Eric

    Eric Guest

    I've been trying to figure out the best computer to get to fill all my
    needs. One of the things I'm wanting to get into is video editing.
    Do you think this computer is the best for the job, or would you
    suggest something else. If so, What?
    http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/item/details/560384899
     
    Eric, Nov 8, 2004
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  2. The basic motherboard architecture is fine, perhaps overkill for most needs.
    It does appear to be slightly short of the amount of memory suggested by two
    popular programs: both Premiere and Avid Express Pro recommend 1.5 gb of
    ram.

    Personally, I prefer to stay away from name brands, and build my own
    machines. These are cheaper and much more maintainable over a long period of
    time than brand names. You will probably find Sony repair/support overpriced
    and difficult to deal with.

    Things that this machine probably lacks compared to a more professional
    alternative are:
    1. lots of extra drive bays cooled by an adjacent fan. Keeping a hard drive
    barely warm to the touch is key to years of reliable operation.
    2. A 500 watt or greater power supply.
    Points "1" and "2" are key to a machine that can grow with your needs.
    3. ECC (error correcting ram). Every few weeks, on the average, the ram in a
    desktop machine is hit by a cosmic ray that flips a bit. Sometimes this does
    a lot of damage to the software and files, more often it's unnoticed. All
    high reliability machines use ECC ram. I use it on all desktop machines.

    It's not the "best" machine. To pick the "best" machine would require more
    knowledge of your video uses than you probably know at this point. But it is
    probably highly compatible with mainstream editing applications.
     
    Robert Morein, Nov 8, 2004
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  3. Agree wholeheartedly. If you have any aptitude for it, you are
    much better off assembling your own generic computer (or even
    having it done for you at a local shop) than with any "name brand"
    computer.
    I love Sony equipment, and a large part of my audio and video
    production equipment is Sony, but I have to agree with Mr.
    Morein about factory service. Fortunately, Sony is pretty good
    about selling service manuals (but not for computers AFAIK).
    So I do most of my own service for my A/V equipment.

    Only my notebook computer is a "store-bought name-brand".
    All my other computers are assembled from generic components.
    Far and away easier to maintain and grow with your needs and
    technology improvements.
     
    Richard Crowley, Nov 8, 2004
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