Video Editing Hardware

Tuesday, May 28, 2002 7:28 PM

I want to create a montage on SFgadv but I can't connect my VHSC Camcorder to my PC. What kind of Video card do you use to connect it? How much do the cost.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 7:34 PM
I use a Matrox RT2000. I got it at a reasonable price from http://www.videosnapshots.com. The site doesnt look like much, but the support is top notch. Besides, you can help my uncles feed their famlies.;)

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 7:55 PM
Buy a mac...

Just kidding... When I read the title I was wondering how it related to coasters or amusement parks... Now I know

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 5:51 AM
Actually, if you already have a DV-25/4:1:1 camera, "buy a Mac" is the easiest solution, as all new Macs come with IEEE-1384 (FireWire) connectors and iMovie software, which is really all you need.

But to use these 1384-based systems you need to get the video from VHS to DV-25. Some of the DV cameras will transcode for you, or you can get a DV deck (really pricey!). Or if you can find one, Sony used to sell this little transcoder box that works really well.

Personally, I think the most ideal solution is to convert to DV-25 and edit using DV-native software such as iMovie, Final Cut, XPress DV, or something like that.

But that's me. If you're satisfied with VHS, then one of the AVI-based solutions is probably just as well...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 7:28 AM

Sure, Dave, I'm sure the kid is going to drop $1500 on Avid. ;)

Speaking of which, they're finally testing 3.1 so the damn thing works on Windows XP and I can delete my 2k partition.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 9:05 AM

I agree that macs are best for doing hard-core video editing. The software that you can use is far superior than what you can get on a PC. And having firewire really helps too.

Of course, if you're just going to make a home video or internet video, you could get a video capture device and use it with your PC. That would probably be the easiest and cheapest solution.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 9:11 AM
Jeff: Haven't you heard? The kids have it GREAT! Avid Xpress DV for $499 with current student ID and class schedule in a degree-granting program (doesn't even say it has to be a comm program!)

I just wonder if I can get it for that price as a University staff member....!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Waiting until XDV 3.x for MacOS comes out before buying a computer...

*** This post was edited by RideMan on 5/29/2002. ***

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 10:00 AM

Millennium Forced: The two most common professional editing tools, from Media100 and Avid, are available for both Mac and PC. The interface is very nearly identical.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:09 AM

You can get an ATI TV Wonder VE capture card for about $50 at CompUSA. I bought this card basically so i could record shows onto my hd from the tv, but ive also used it with my older sony camcorder to bring some footage into the computer. The quality isnt bad at all. I perfer to use the firewire with my new camcorder but you'll still get pretty good quality this way.

There's a few good video editting software packages out there. I like Avid Cinema but also use Videowave 5, Pinnacle Studio Version 7 and Adobe Premiere 6

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John
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:55 AM

Thanks guys. I think i'm going to go with CalvinJ23's way cause that's much cheaper. I know someone who has Avid Cinema and would let me borrow it. My uncle said he will sell me his PowerBook for $500 this summer. Hopefully I can afford it then.

*** This post was edited by nitro230ft on 5/29/2002. ***

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 3:03 PM

Jeff said:

Millennium Forced: The two most common professional editing tools, from Media100 and Avid, are available for both Mac and PC. The interface is very nearly identical.



True, but macs just seem a lot more stable to me. I've tried XP and quite frankly was a little disappointed. I guess I was just expecting it to do too much.

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There is no force like Millennium Force!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002 7:42 PM

Interesting, I've been using XP since beta 2 and have never crashed it (or any editing software).

(The problem with Avid Xpress DV is just the machine control drivers... the app itself works fine.)

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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