Is X1650PRO 512MB any good for video editing?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Peter, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    I am looking to replace a 256MB Radeon 9800XT with the above card, in
    an attempt to make Pinnacle 10.8 work properly. Currently it complains
    that the video card is not good enough to use the hardware

    I am limited to AGP 8X at present and wonder what is the best I can
    get for that - something that isn't very noisy.

    Any comments or other suggestions appreciated.
    Peter, Feb 9, 2008
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  2. Peter

    Rob Guest

    I'm surprised it complains about your current card. While not
    the very best performer for games at the time, it was extremely
    well regarded and should *easily* cope with video editing,
    which is relatively undemanding. It does have hardware acceleration.
    Have you tried updating the 9800XT driver and DirectX to the latest
    The 9800XT was one of the first to properly support DirectX9.
    I wouldn't be surprised if the problem wasn't with Pinnacle Studio -
    is there an upgrade for that available?

    Rob, Feb 29, 2008
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  3. Peter

    Peter Guest

    I have posted an update elsewhere.

    I changed the motherboard, to get a CPU with SSE2 instruction support,
    as required by just about all other software apart from Pinnacle.

    Once I did this, Pinnacle amazingly started working OK i.e. the
    generated movie was free of the strange lines. It still complains
    about the video card though...

    My conclusion is that Pinnacle actually expects SSE2 but emulates it
    if not available, and the emulation was broken sometime after the 10.5
    update. I base this on the fact that the '3200' SSE2 processor (AMD
    Athlon 64) is hardly going to be faster than the previous '3200'
    Athlon, but Pinnacle rendering runs about 4x faster on the '64', so
    *obviously* very different code is being executed.

    I chucked away Pinnacle and am now using Premiere Elements, which
    works fine and is a lot more powerful while still being very
    intuitive. I won't waste any more time with Pinnacle. Not to mention
    their moronic "tech support" which verges on illiterate.

    The old MB was 1GB; the new one is 2GB but I doubt this account for
    the "fix".
    Peter, Mar 2, 2008
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