I am looking to buy a big, fast, reliable PC computer to really maximize my efficiency in editing. My budget is somewhere around $2000. However, if unreasonable, I am willing to pay more to achieve what is in my best interest. I read the post and answers from Stelth2k1's post, finding that informative, but my situation is a little different. The better the system, the closer to real-time editing becomes.
My buddy, who works with high def video, responded to my computer inquiries with this:
Ok you definitely want to do right on this one. If you are going the PC route, I will tell you what I have and the specs that you should be looking for. I have a Sony Vaio VGC-RA384G. Pentium 4 3.6Ghz, 1 gig of Ram (I have added a second gig), 400GB Hard drive, DVD-R Dual Layer Burner, Windows XP. My video card is an Nvidia GeForce 6600 with 256MB and DVI out (you need DVI out to run the apple display.) I also have two external firewire hard drives 120GB each. Mine was 2000 bucks plus the apple monitor. The fact that it is a Sony Vaio is unimportant, but the specs are on par with what you should be looking for. It is hard to find factory computers with more than a gig of ram, but it is a very easy procedure to add more once you get it. Capturing video takes up LOTS of space (about 15GB a tape,) So you want as big of a hard drive as you can find, and I recommend having at least one external firewire hard drive, at 7200rpm. ACOM DATA makes very nice external drives. If you wanted to really blow some cash, you could look into Dual Xeon Processors as well. You will probably need a PCI Firewire card for your computer with atleast 3 inputs, they are about 20 bucks as well. This will be used to connect the camera as well as any firewire hard drives you might acquire.
I will be using a Sony HDR-FX1. HDV video camera as well as Vegas 6 editing software. My friend is very talented and has a severe amount of beautiful equipment and his edits look excellent. Noting that as a point, I am not tied to anything that he has referenced. If there are newer, better components, platforms, then that is what I would care for. I am going to buy the Apple Monitor ($799) and a minimum of 2 Gig of Ram will be needed. The rest is up for productive debate. I'll be interested to know what you masters of the forum have to say. Suggestions, etc....
Please let me know your propositions. Thanks for the help!!
Edited by H.T Baldwin, 25 January 2006 - 03:00 PM.