Question by Mario F: Which equipment to use for HD editing?
I’m planning on becoming an Indie filmmaker. I’m looking in getting the jvc gy-hd200ub camera, but i’m not sure what kind of equipment i need for postproduction and be able to work with HD and not having problems. I’m gonna edit on adobe premiere cs4 and be using after effetcs.
I came up with the Dell Precision Workstation. Could anyone tell me if this system can do the work i need for HD editing and after effects?
Dell Precision Workstation T7400 – 64bit Quad Core Intel® Xeon® Processor E5440 (2.83GHz,2X6M L2,1333)
Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Business Service Pack 1, with media, 64, ENG
Memory 2GB, DDR2 SDRAM FBD Memory, 667MHz, ECC (2 DIMMS)
Keyboard USB Entry Quietkey, No Hot Keys
Graphic Cards 256MB PCIe x16 nVidia NVS 290, Dual Monitor DVI Capable
Boot Hard Drive 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s,7200 RPM Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst Cache™
Hard Drive Configuration C6 All SATA drives, RAID 0, 2 drive total configuration
Floppy Drive and Media Card Reader Options No Floppy Drive
Mouse New Dell USB Optical Mouse with scroll, All Black Design
DVD and Read-Write Devices 16X DVD-ROM with Cyberlink Power DVD™
Sound Card Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeMusic(D),Dolby® Digital 5.1,VSTA
Speakers Dell™ AX210 Speakers, Black
Resource DVD Resource DVD – Contains Diagnostics and Drivers
2nd Hard Drive 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s,7200 RPM Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst Cache™
Services 3 Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Next Business Day On-Site Service
Installation Services No Onsite System Setup
Labels Windows Vista™ Premium
Answer by Little Dog
Bump the RAM to 4 gig. More would be better.
Verify it has a firewire port (can’t tell from this list). You will need that firewire port and a firewire cable to connect that GY series pro miniDV tape based camcorder to the camcorder’s DV port for importing and exporting video to/from the camcorder.
The second internal drive is a good start for storing the video project files – plan on adding another 500 gig or larger drive soon. HDV format video, when being edited, uses about 44 gig of computer hard drive space per hour of video…
The windows machines I have are merely to check compatibility – editing with a 24″ Apple iMac (with or without an optional 24″ external monitor) running FinalCut is way more efficient.
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