recommended computer for home video editing?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Jacques Clouseau, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. Hi! I'm going to buy a dedicated computer to capture, edit, and burn to
    DVD a ton of home video. Hoping that some knowledgeable people here
    might have suggestions or recommendations.

    I have intermediate level computer skills, but I'm new to video editing,
    so the process, i.e., using the software, would ideally be fairly

    I'd be happy with either a Macintosh or a Windows machine, although I
    have a slight preference for Macintosh because Apple's been putting out
    some really nice machines in the last couple of years, and I like the
    user interface.

    What might be realistic requirements re: processor, RAM, chipset, video
    card, and other hardware? I'm thinking dual-core processor and at least
    1 GB of RAM. True? Would a well-configured off-the-shelf Dell or HP do
    the job?

    How about video editing software? I've heard good things about Adobe
    Premiere Elements . . .

    I'm planning to spend around $1,000 to $2,000.

    Thanks very much for any help or recommendations . . .

    Jacques Clouseau, Nov 17, 2006
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    Cliff Hartle Guest

    Two words "big hard drive" ok three.

    I did a DVD project and after I was done I had about 20 gig of data and
    nowhere to put it.
    Cliff Hartle, Nov 18, 2006
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    Cloy Guest

    I'd recommend one of the new Intel Macintoshes -- great graphic/video
    capabilities, and you can dual-boot to either OS X or Win. Go with as
    much RAM as you can afford... same with the hard drive, but it's fairly
    easy to add an external firewire or USB drive for backup storage.

    I'd suggest starting with iMovie and iDVD. Once you have the concepts
    down, you'll probably want to make the jump to something more advanced
    like Premier or Final Cut Pro -- but be warned, the learning curve on
    these is steep.

    I particularly like how easy it is to set up the Mac with dual
    monitors. This REALLY makes your life easier when dealing with video or
    large graphics. (Image on one screen, toolbars on the other.)

    Go to the Apple Store Web site and look for the red SAVE tag (3/4 of
    the way down on the right side of the page) for some great deals on
    fully warranted refurb machines.

    Excelsior! -Cloy
    Cloy, Nov 18, 2006
  4. How about video editing software? I've heard good things about Adobe

    For software you should get ADOBE PREMIERE PRO 2
    horrepaakkonen, Nov 18, 2006
  5. Thank you for your helpful reply.

    I also think that the new Intel Macs look good for what I want to do.

    iMovie and iDVD sounds like good choices. Does anyone know how quickly
    other editing programs are getting re-written for the Intel Macs?

    Jacques Clouseau, Nov 18, 2006
  6. says...
    Yes, I've heard good things about that program. Is it available for
    both PCs and Macs?

    Jacques Clouseau, Nov 18, 2006
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    Smarty Guest

    Premiere is no longer offered for the Mac.

    Smarty, Nov 18, 2006
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    Hal Lowe Guest

    Hal Lowe, Nov 18, 2006
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    GaryT Guest

    Please clarify. If you mean you want to spend $1000 to $2000 for everything
    including the computer, then don't consider Premiere Pro. It retails for
    ~$800. If your goal is home video, a consumer level program should do you
    well. Staying with PC software, Premiere Elements, Sony Vegas Movie
    Studio+DVD (which has a free trial BTW) and Ulead Video Studio (also a free
    trial) are good options. Most recommend avoiding Pinnacle products. I don't
    know Mac software.

    GaryT, Nov 18, 2006
  10. Jacques Clouseau

    Cloy Guest


    You're welcome. Just to clarify, I agree with the other posts that you
    will probably want to upgrade to Final Cut or some other high-end
    program some point; but if you want to be able to produce results
    right away you 'll want to start with iMove and iDVD. (Learning to use
    higher-end video software will take some time and effort.)

    The whole Mac/Windows thing is largely a matter of personal preference,
    but I think there is some truth to the idea that Macs handle
    images/video graphics best and Windows are more oriented to business
    data/information. (Personally, I use Macs for graphics, Windows for
    business productivity and Linux for servers -- my philosophy is use the
    best tool for the job.)

    I guess that's the beauty of the new Macs, you have both the Win or Mac
    environment available. You also avoid some of the driver/hardware
    issues that occasionally face Win users. (Since Apple builds the
    hardware and OS, you get more built-in AV capabilities and drivers are
    needed less frequently for OS X; on the other hand, you may have fewer
    hardware options.)

    It remains to be seen what Windows Vista will do (WHEN it comes out),
    but as with any new OS (and Vista is apparently being built from the
    ground up, so it's really new) there will be bugs to be worked out, and
    that will take some time.


    Cloy, Nov 18, 2006
  11. Thank you for catching that. I misread, and thought that the poster was
    talking about Adobe Premiere Elements, about which I've heard good
    things. I wouldn't even mess with the professional version.

    Jacques Clouseau, Nov 19, 2006
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    Quanta Guest

    In this price range, you can get hardware assisted....we use the Canopus
    Edius system. This is a less well-known solution than Avid with Mojo,
    however, we find it very stable and capable and friendly to diverse computer
    Quanta, Nov 20, 2006
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