Reccomendtions for a computer for video editing

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by sales, Apr 20, 2006.

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    sales Guest

    I am in the process of purchasing a new computer for my video business.
    I am looking for a PC. Mac was one I was looking for but I am very
    familiar with the PC's and don't want to begin the learning curve of the
    Mac. I am using a Pentium 3.2mhz (Intel) 1gig ddr2 ram, 400gig 7200rpm
    8mb cache HD. Intel Board.. I suppose my question is... do I need to
    upgrade? or is the computer I'm using satisfactory?
    Any opinions? or Suggestions?

    sales, Apr 20, 2006
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    Rôgêr Guest

    Hard question for someone else to answer for you. But the computer you
    have now is more powerful than the one I was using daily up until about
    6 or 7 months ago. Now I have a dual core AMD X2 4200 with a gig of RAM
    and two 320GB drives and one 200GB drive, WinXP PRO 64bit. It's nice,
    but whether or not it'd be worth it to you to upgrade, only you can
    answer that.
    Rôgêr, Apr 20, 2006
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  3. sales wrote ...
    Thousands of hours of video have been edited on far
    lesser machines. Chances are that most of the people
    here are editing video on lesser machines than yours.

    If this is for a for-profit business, I would think that the
    major consideration is the cost/benefit ratio. What benefit
    do you get from the very fastest CPU and 4GB of expensive
    RAM vs. what it costs? Most people agree that the "sweet-
    spot" in CPUs is not the very fastest/latest model, but more
    likely the one just one or two notches below it. OTOH, the
    faster/better you buy, the longer its useful lifetime will be.

    If you are already a "PC shop" switching to Mac does
    not appear to have much positive cost/benefit ratio. The
    higher cost of Mac may be justified in some situations,
    but yours does not sound like one of them. Since I work
    for Intel, I now have no recommendation between PC
    and Mac now that they have switched to our CPUs :)

    Your listed system sounds fine except for the HD.
    IME, a 60-80 GB HD for the boot/OS/programs/cache
    is what I usually use for a audio/video editing workstation.
    Then for video, two drives at least 100~120 GB each for
    the media files. I like having two different drives because
    it seems to make rendering tasks faster (and less wear
    and tear on the drive) because of not having to "thrash"
    back and forth between the source file and the destination

    Whether you buy into my two-drive scheme for media
    files, in any case, you DON'T want to use the same drive
    to store both the operating system/cache AND the media
    files. This is bad news any way you slice it.
    Richard Crowley, Apr 20, 2006
  4. What software are you using?
    Does it benefit from 64 bit?
    Richard Crowley, Apr 20, 2006
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    sales Guest

    Sony Vegas is the software I am using
    Adobe Premiere as well from time to time.
    sales, Apr 20, 2006
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    sales Guest

    Also I should add that the OS is Windows XP Pro and it is optimized to
    the greatest level.
    sales, Apr 20, 2006
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    Rôgêr Guest

    It's touted as being 64 bit optimized, Vegas Video 5. I know 6 is
    supposed to be optimized even more, but I've used it on someone else's
    machine and saw no real reason to spend the $ to upgrade versions. I
    have no need for HD video capabilities at this time.
    Rôgêr, Apr 20, 2006
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    TonyP Guest

    I can't believe it. I agree with Richard again. Two times in one day!
    I couldn't agree more with Rich's response. Having separate audio and
    video drives does seem to speed things along. With an 80 gig system
    drive, you should be good to go. Also, depending on the what NLE you
    use, you might consider a high end video graphics card. Avid Liquid,
    Matrox and others are using the GPU to process video effects.
    TonyP, Apr 20, 2006
  9. "TonyP" wrote ...
    This is working pretty good. Nobody knows that "TonyP" is
    just a name I made up for my "annonymous" sock-puppet who
    always agrees with me! :)
    Richard Crowley, Apr 20, 2006
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    doc Guest

    let alone, if you bought the Mac you'd probably give up on it and get a PC
    anyways like we did when Mac screwed us on our G5's when they needed a
    repair and said that the repair was covered under warranty then when the
    unit got to the repair station (which the sign in the window said,
    Authorized Repair Station) but was denied when they (Mac) said that the
    station where we took the puter for repair wasn't an Authorized Warranty
    station . . geez, we didn't bring our lawyer to interpret the sign . . o
    well, they lost our business, we've helped to sell at least 4 other shops on
    PC's with servicability and lots of dealers around AND all warranty stations
    .. . let alone we bad mouthed them enough that there are at least 7 people
    that we can think of who have either said they were buying or did buy pc's
    instead of Mac in part due to our experinces and input (although these
    latter we have no way of confirming . . however . . the former we know for
    sure :eek:)

    drd :eek:)
    doc, Apr 20, 2006
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    doc Guest

    Mac is doing everythign they can to look like, act like, and feel like,
    regular PC's instead of rotten apples, even to include their equipment and
    software mods. sooner or later they'll actually wake up and realize that
    the only way to be pc, is give up the proprietary crap!

    doc, Apr 20, 2006
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    doc Guest

    cool. perhaps most of the argument in this newsgroup is but one or two
    people with a half dozen names each :eek:)

    doc, Apr 20, 2006
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    nappy Guest

    hmmm.. yes.. I recall he called you the very same thing with respect to me.
    Odd how that works eh?
    nappy, Apr 21, 2006
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    Rôgêr Guest

    The local twice-weekly paper (I like to call "The Poor Valley
    Astonisher") still use Macs for their display ads and Pagemaker pages.
    They don't know why, they just know that if they suddenly switched to
    PC, there'd be mass confusion. So rather than change, for over fourteen
    years now they've been replacing their Macs with Macs. For the office
    work, they use PC's. Without exception, all the Mac users say they wish
    they could have a PC.

    I've tried to convince them there'd be a short learning period and then
    they'd never look back. But they're scared to death that they'd miss an
    issue. sigh...
    Rôgêr, Apr 21, 2006
  15. I can't imagine the pressure of being expected to come up with
    something astonishing twice a week. Why I frequently go more
    than a week (or even two) without seeing anything astonshing.
    Richard Crowley, Apr 21, 2006
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    Rôgêr Guest

    One of the greatest blows to their ability to cover astonishing events
    occured a few years ago when my aunt died of old age. Previously, she
    would go to yard sales and flea markets and it would garner extended
    press coverage as to what she found at what price and what she bought.
    Rôgêr, Apr 21, 2006
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    sales Guest


    Could I just use 2 drives in my editing work station?

    I upgraded to a 80gig raptor for my operating system and programs only.
    I use the 400gig for capturing.
    Why is the third drive required.
    sales, Apr 25, 2006
  18. sales wrote ...
    Sure. You could even use one drive. It comes down to tradeoffs.
    Depends on what you are doing. If you do mostly capture, edit, and
    then write back to tape, a 3rd drive may not buy you anything.

    But if you do a lot of converting one video/audio file type to another
    (like mastering for DVDs, or converting to WMV for web pages, etc.
    etc.) then having two media discs will both speed up the process AND
    reduce the wear-and-tear on the drives.
    Richard Crowley, Apr 25, 2006
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    doc Guest

    wow what a bummer. and if they did switch to pc's when they had an issue,
    most anyone even some grade school kids could help them :eek:)

    doc, Jul 17, 2006
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    doc Guest

    hmmmm, for more data perhaps since multi cam capture eats up a lot of drive
    space and rendering files :eek:)

    doc, Jul 17, 2006
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