Video Editing: What do I need?

August 19, 2005 at 20:18:08
Specs: Windows 98 FE Compaq Pres, Cyrix II 270MHz Processor

Besides a good computer, what do I need for video editing? Read on...

I have a Samsung SCL-906 camcorder. The only ways I can output from it are from S-Video and A/V cables. I was wondering if there is some kind of PCI Expansion card that has a S-Video In and/or an A/V In that can capture S-Video and/or A/V signals, so that I can edit them and burn them to DVD?

Thanks for your help!

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August 19, 2005 at 21:13:17

usually a nice vid card can come with Svideo in/out port.
or a PCI card can do the trick.
You could use dazzle video hardware.
or pinnacle video capt software.
if you have nero u can burn to DVD with nerovision.
U will need pleny of HD space.

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August 19, 2005 at 21:16:25


YOu will need a lot more than that.


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August 19, 2005 at 21:29:01


You are severely limited by your system specs (270mhz/60mb ram, I'm sure your hard drive is way too small also) That is lower than the minimum hardware specs for many capture cards and also most video editing programs.

If you really want to do this, your first step should be to buy a new computer.

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August 20, 2005 at 00:17:45

One suggestion, If you get anew computer. Do NOT get one with a celeron processor. They seem like a deal but their not meant for anything outside of basic computer needs like internet, and typing stuffs not video editing, for video editing I would say a AMD 64, Or a P4 based system will be best for that stuff.

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August 20, 2005 at 01:03:32

You should also consider moving to Win XP, as it will give you the NTFS file system that you need to handle the huge files you can generate.

It is a good idea to have a seperate HD to keep your working video files on.

Most cards with video capture capability will do a perfectly good job, though I believe S-Video is better than AV.

I'm not one for buying new computers if it can be avoided, but video work does need a reasonable processor (it is much cheaper to stay a couple of steps behind the leading edge) and plenty of ram.

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August 20, 2005 at 05:08:55

Read this.


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August 20, 2005 at 05:49:58

"Besides a good computer..."

1.4GHz and +512MB RAM is the low end of a good computer when considering video editing.

I highly suspect (without checking) that your camera produces Analog output seeing that it does not have USB or Firewire outputs.

Computers work with digital signals.

You will need an Analog to Digital converter be it through a capture card or another device such as Plextor AV100U that also comes with WinDVD for editing the video. This device is the cheapest one I could find. Pinnacle TV something or other comes with a video capture card and Pinnacle Studio 9 but I had already paid for PS9.

It is my understanding that a PC needs to be able to sustain a data transfer rate of 4MB/second in order to work with video. That is not a lot but I'd bet your current machine can not. PC PitStop has that as one of their full tests.

It is also recommended that the video to be edited not be stored on the same drive as the application performing the editing is stored. So, two hard drives is essentially recommended.

My new machine does not have a video capture card. It does have a PCIe 16x 128MB ATI Radeon X300SE video card but it only has Video out.

To get video from my Digital camcorder I use the firewire connection on the camera to the firewire card I added to my PC. This is hte best connection and data transfer on my PC.

To get analog video such as from my VCR I use the above mentioned Plextor device and it works a treat. I use Pinnacle Studio 9 ($48 US) for my editing if burning them to DVD or Windows Movie Maker 2.1 (free from MS) if storing them on my PC. I use WMM2.1 for it's ability to make a quality .wmv file out of the much greater .avi file created from the data transfer. The resulting .wmv file size is ~7% of the size of the original .avi file (eg. 400MB .avi to 30MB .wmv)


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August 20, 2005 at 06:59:31

Athlon xp+ (or newer) for amd is the best choice. Intel P4's for Intel. And if you want to dabble with macs, I would lean more towards a power mac rather than the imac or emac.

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August 20, 2005 at 11:03:00

VERY GOOD help guys as usual. Thanks a a lot! No, I wasn't planning to use that old machine anyway. I knew you'd have to have a whole lot better system than that. You guys pointed me in a very good direction I think!

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