Re: Best system components for video editing?
On 18 Mar 2004 20:13:25 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Albert Pike)
>rob@/remove/ghosh.co.uk (Rob Beattie) wrote in message news:<email@example.com>.. .
>> I'm about to build a new system which I hope to be using for video
>> editing (I have just got a mini dv camcorder).
>> Does anyone have any recommendations on what components would be best
>> for this task?
>Get a RAID card and at least 2 high speed drives like Western Digital
>10K RPM Raptors.
I've had marginal experience with this and I've found that when it
comes to video editing what you need is to find yourself a motherboard
with the RAID capability already built in, and preferably have it use
Serial ATA so you can actaully use those Raptors to their full
potential. ASUS makes a couple of these but, unfortunately, these
motherboards are usually rather expensive, and don't have a built-in
sound card, video card, LAN or Modem. This means you're gonna need
all the PCI Slots you can get. AGP 4x and above is a must. And you
will have to do a lot research into HOW you want to capture your
video. since you've got a minidv I strongly suggest you use FireWire.
For your video card I suggest you take a good long hard look at ATI's
website before buying, cause Radeon 9600 cards come in MANY different
flavours, and you need at least 64MB DDR Video RAM(bare minimum use
128MB+ please) and it needs A/V out just in case you decide to tape it
on a VCR (blech!). If you can't use FireWire for capturing the video
from your camcorder (cause you're a cheapskate and didn't know it'd
save you hours and hours of fiddling with capture cards) You'll have
to find yourself a decent video capture card (I have yet to see one
that's the least bit easy to use) and a VERY patient technician to
install it and the software. And your sound card is a big big BIG
deal. Don't I repeat DON'T go out and buy the cheapest dirtiest
little old sound card you can find. Buy a Creative Sound Blaster
Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro. You're going to want a THX rated sound card
so you can render THX quality sound onto that DVD you want to put your
home movies on. That's right, you ought to get a DVD burner that can
burn a double layer DVD (that means 8GB of info) I don't know quite
enough about DVD burning to tell you which brand to buy (LG is usually
cheap and reliable), but suffice it to say all your friends'll be
jealous when they see, hear, and feel that football to the groin in
DVD quality 5.1 speaker THX surround sound on a plasma screen ha ha ha
ha HAAAAA!!!!(sorry got a little carried away)
OK to recap:
- Mother board: ASUS Serial ATA RAID, FireWire, USB 2.0, bells &
- Hard Drive: Raptors were suggested, 2 to 4 cheap SATA drives works
- RAM: bloody fast, ridiculously large (4 to 8GB of DDR)
- Video card: ATI Radeon 9600 AGP(4x) with 64MB+ DDR and AV out
- Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro (for all
those nice inputs and outputs in the front and that handy remote)
- DVD Burner: LG possibly that can burn double layer DVDs
- Power supply: Redundant 300W at least to run those Raptors reliably
- Case: Big and shiny (but that's up to you)
And if you think all of this is just way too much for you, and seems
expensive, well, it is. All of this plus the insanely large 21"
screen you'd need for the high-res editing would cost around $3000 CDN
(with taxes) from the Niagara Region/Southern Ontario. And you still
need to find the software to edit it (Adobe Premier $700 US).
or you could skip all of that and get a reliable, stable machine just
like the pros use, and buy yourself a nice Mac G4 with an LCD screen
for a measly $2000 US and have the software sent to you with the
machine for an extra $50 US, and then all you need is to find yourself
a mac-friendly DVD Burner (I think Apple sells them) and some more RAM
and Hard Drives.
(Prices are estimates, and don't include any incidentals)
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