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Old 05-24-09, 07:55 PM   #1
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Video editing desktop rec's wanted

I've decided I'm going to keep my laptop and get a desktop for the kids instead. Since the oldest one likes to post to YouTube, I'd like to get one that can do some video editing.

What sort of hardware/software would you consider bare minimum to get the job done? Think PC and not Mac.
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CPU: Intel Pentium Core II Duo; anything greater than 2 GHz should be fine, even for HD.
RAM: 2 GB or more, DDR2 recommended.
HDD: 500GB or more, if you're even considering getting serious. More if you're doing HD. Even more if exclusively HD.
GFX: ATi Radeon 2600 or higher, or nVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS or higher.
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^ That about does it for a decent system, which will be good if they like to put some time and effort into their videos. If it's some of the more typical add subtitles, music, and compress, you really don't even need that much. An old Celeron can do it if you're patient.

I might go a little bigger on the video card because they might decide they want to play games to (assuming that's ok with you...don't let them rot their brains playing games incessantly), and I wouldn't neglect the AMD equivalent to the Core II Duo (I'm not sure which model that is right now). The dual core will help you do other tasks while it's grinding on compressing a video or whatnot.

Hard drive I wouldn't worry too much about, because you can always add another one or get an external if you're running out of space.
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I've decided I'm going to keep my laptop and get a desktop for the kids instead. Since the oldest one likes to post to YouTube, I'd like to get one that can do some video editing.

What sort of hardware/software would you consider bare minimum to get the job done?
Think PC and not Mac.
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So anything with a multi-core running at 2GHz+, with a decent GFX card would work? I'm thinking that it would be best for her to have an external hard drive, since the desktop will be used by her younger siblings. These are the type of videos that she's doing right now, using a LG Rumor camera phone held by her 8 yr old sister most of the time.
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So anything with a multi-core running at 2GHz+, with a decent GFX card would work?
Sure. People have been editing videos for a long time on far less than that. Windows Movie Maker (which ships with Windows) is adequate for most home movie applications. You can't save as mp4, but youtube does fine with avi.
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This is a contender. Downside is that I don't know if the GFX is up to it, nor do I know enough about computers to tell if it's possible/worth upgrading the GFX.
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I've decided I'm going to keep my laptop and get a desktop for the kids instead. Since the oldest one likes to post to YouTube, I'd like to get one that can do some video editing.

What sort of hardware/software would you consider bare minimum to get the job done? Think PC and not Mac.
You might consider going to a local - owned computer store(if you have any left).
That way your support would be local. Plus, most of them are probably pretty adept at video, and may have more specific recommendations.
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The kids would probably be doing basic video editing. Just use the built-in Movie Maker programme. Or VirtualDub works well too.
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I'd say get a cheap desktop and a better camera!

Way cool concept on her videos though, like the one poster mentions, the video is quite bad and hard to see some of the expressions/movements and the audio... although I guess that isn't as much of an issue.
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Yeah, hard-drive based cameras store really crappy video due to the high amount of compression used.
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Build it yourself. For AMD, the Phenom IIs are pretty darn good. Get as much ram as you can, but 4 gigs will do nicely. And build it yourself.
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This is a contender. Downside is that I don't know if the GFX is up to it, nor do I know enough about computers to tell if it's possible/worth upgrading the GFX.
Yes, the graphics card is up to it. It might, on more intensive processes, run a little slow, but even as a cheap onboard card, it's got more power than what professionals were using 10 years ago for working on higher quality videos.

Really, any computer you can find on the market will do what you need. Some will do it faster, which is a nice bonus, but it's not like your kids are trying to make a living off their video projects and need to maximize productivity.

By the way, the computer's specs say it has a PCI-E x16 port, so you can upgrade graphics in the future if need be. 1 or 2 PCI-E x16 ports should be standard on all desktops.
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Did I mention that you should build it yourslef?
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I do some more and more serious video editing myself these days, but still as a hobby (not HD). I have an old system that still handles the editing flawlessly:

P4 HT 3.0Ghz
1.5GB RAM (DDR/2700)
512 MB 7600GS*
25GB HDD**
Windowx XP SP3

*) The software I use doesn't rely on the video card whatsoever; it is completely CPU.
**) Once I make a DVD/upload video, I send off back-ups off-site and delete the video from my hard drive.

The only catch is that it takes me 3 hours to render a 1-hour video with a modest amount of edits, but so be it. But I can render a one-minute video suitable for YouTube HQ in about 4 minutes or fewer.
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I downloaded some free video editing software and then I talked with a friend and Windows Movie Maker works just fine for editing - plus I added music. Been playing around with my kitten videos on YouTube.
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