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which computer system for video editing??
deuce_23 
6/9/08 8:12:27 PM
Serf
Whats the best way to go to build a machine to do video editing???

Dual socket??
video card??
cpu??
mb??
anything that will help

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The Tick 
6/9/08 8:34:45 PM
Hero
Titan


What software do you intend to use?

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Athiril 
7/9/08 12:03:08 AM
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For serious editing? Under $1k?

Quad Core Intel.
GTX 260 (GPU software and encoding out soon - important - many speed ups).

2xRAID0 of fast hard drives dedicated for scratch/capture and editing disk etc - such as 2xWD 640GB's
and an OS drive, 1x WD 640GB would be good

4GB ram.

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smenkhare 
7/9/08 4:56:32 PM
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get a mac.
get final cut

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Athiril 
7/9/08 10:32:06 PM
Titan

Quote by smenkhare
get a mac.
get final cut



That is serious lose.

$$$$.

GPGPU is upon us, the best you're getting from the current mac -pro- is the 8800GT, you cant hack anything better to run (besides a HD4870, which wont help you atm for GPGPU), for thousands of $.

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smenkhare 
8/9/08 11:26:39 AM
Guru

i do all my stuff on a mac.
and am very happy with it. I don't consider it a "serious lose"

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Athiril 
8/9/08 1:19:50 PM
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But why would you encourage something innappropriate for someone else?

Performance, price, and compatability is a lot better than it is with Apple software, all the main stream consumer level software (Premiere Pro (x-platform), Final Cut Pro, After Effects, etc) has no problems running with QuickTime video and out putting QuickTime video, you can use x264 to target a QuickTime container that's faster, and higher quality than the Apple H.264 encoder.

I've been using OS X and Windows every day, there is a performance gap on similar hardware in Window's favour, although to be fair, QuickTime Pro is ridiculously slow on both OS X and Windows, and this is Premiere vs Final Cut Pro, not Premiere vs Premiere, and gets trumped by much higher quality free encoders with multiplexing gui frontends that have better compatability and handle more containers.

This is current level.

GPGPU everything for video is with us any time soon now.

Currently, the best GPU you can get running on OS X is a huge weak point for this (it passes minimum specs for everything I think, but still, it's a cheap budget card, even in the Mac Pro, and a weak point).


Edited by Athiril: 8/9/2008 01:22:21 PM

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^Faldo^ 
8/9/08 1:28:14 PM
God

Mac wins the game of treating video signals as video signals (ie: preserving IRE levels from ingest through to output).

Sadly, it loses the game of everything else, including but not limited to:
Use of proprietary formats and one way conversion of open formats to Quicktime
Downright strange and annoying behavior (eg: can't stretch slug more than 2 minuttes in either direction on the timeline)
Extraordinarily expensive
Can't use your RAM properly (I think it's either a 32 bit app, or is limited to 1.5GB, and yet Apple sells you a Mac Pro for FCP work)

What are you going to edit?
MiniDV/HDV/P2/XDCAM/webcam/stolen anime/etc?

Depending on your answer start from a midrage $1,500 PC with no other programs on it and no internet connection (this means no distractions):

Low end quad core
4GB RAM
512MB GPU
big, fast HDD or RAID for serious work
Premiere Pro/Elements, depending on seriousness of business.

-DAVE.


Edited by ^Faldo^: 8/9/2008 1:28:55 PM

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