Newbie wants all in one solution

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by phineasfogg, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. phineasfogg

    phineasfogg Guest

    Are there any cons to buying the SONY RZ44G to do analog to digital
    converting and then DVD burning?

    It features 2.8 GHz P4, hyper-threading, 512 MB RAM (which I'd upgrade to
    1GB), 160 GB HD (to which I'd add a 2d external dedicated HD 120GB+), a
    dual format DVD+-RW, a TIVO like recording program, nVidia GEForce FX5200
    with TV out, Soundblaster Audigy, and tons of ports including a 7-in-1 media
    reader, under Windows Media Center XP.

    I have thought about putting together a system with add ons like the Canopus
    100, a QUE dual format external DVD burner and assorted HDs, memory,
    software--but why go through the compatibility hassles when it's all there
    in one box?
     
    phineasfogg, Dec 7, 2003
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  2. phineasfogg

    Fishface Guest

    I think Sony computers are overpriced, for what you get.
    They even skimp by giving you PC2700 memory.
     
    Fishface, Dec 8, 2003
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  3. phineasfogg

    phineasfogg Guest

    I don't disagree that Sony computers are on the expensive side, but what are
    the alternatives?

    What computer manufacturer sells all of the items/features I mentioned in
    one package (to avoid a potential host of compatibility issues)? I know
    Gateway sells the 510XL for slightly more with a 17" LCD thrown, but that
    company is nearing its end. Other companies put out Media Center computers
    without dual format DVD-RW burners which is absolutely necessary these days
    with the competing formats still in existence.

    What is so bad about PC2700 memory for the overall package price? Will it do
    the job reasonably well?
     
    phineasfogg, Dec 9, 2003
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  4. phineasfogg

    Fishface Guest

    Perhaps you're right. Building your own can take a considerable
    amount of time. You really want to record TV on your computer?
    It looks like the Giga Pocket records directly to MPEG-2, but if
    you want to do much beyond cutting and splicing, that is not the
    best format to work with, as re-rendering will degrade the quality.
    I couldn't find whether it could capture to DV.

    It says that model comes with "Click to DVD" for DVD creation,
    and DVgate Plus - Digital Video software. These seem to be
    specific to the Vaio computers, and there are no reviews in the
    tools section of dvdrhelp.com. They could have at least thrown
    Screenblast Video Studio into the package. The third epinions
    review on this page contains some interesting information, and
    a potentially useful link for you:
    www.epinions.com/pr-Sony_Vaio_PCV-RZ32G_P4-2_6GHz_512_80_DVD-RW_CDRW_CD_56K_NIC_XPH_PCV-RZ32G_PC_Des
    ktop/display_~reviews

    Oh, now there's another of those nasty long, wrapped links. You
    might want to get this, first: www.bergdesign.net/repasteurl.htm
    (Sometimes I have to restart it when I come out of hibernation--
    I'll have to check into that.)
    A decent burner can be had for $150, these days. I have a Lite-on
    LDW-401s flashed to a 411s. They're around a hundred. When
    the drives were $400, then, perhaps the Vaio was a real bargain.
    It's not that it's bad, but it runs asynchronously with the 800MHz FSB.
    I could only describe not giving you PC3200 as scrimping. Working
    with digital video is slow enough. You can use all the speed you can get.
     
    Fishface, Dec 9, 2003
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