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Old 12-19-2012, 02:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New to Video editing / slow pc

Just picked up a Gopro 3 silver and I have been shooting some test footage to learn how to use it and to edit. I have zero video editing knowledge. I have been using Windows movie maker and I got a copy of Magix movie edit pro plus but it seems like they both are very slow.

My pc is a windows xp box, fresh install with intel 4 prescott 3.8 and 2.5 gb of ram. I have a separate pci express video card that came with it. Is this system too under powered to edit video or am i doing something wrong?

I have been shooting video in 720, 60fps. Then I have been converting the gopro files from mpg4 to avi to import into movie maker.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Quite low RAM for editing HD video.

I'd also recommend Sony Vegas, as it's better software.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Quite low RAM for editing HD video.

I'd also recommend Sony Vegas, as it's better software.
I was thinking the same thing. For the price of memory I plan to max out my system.
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I was thinking the same thing. For the price of memory I plan to max out my system.
It's not only RAM that's necessary, also your processor and video card matter. I have a laptop with a GT 540M graphics card with 2GB dedicated to it, then another 6gb for the system and a i7 processor and even with this -quite good- set-up it sometimes goes slow with HD, so maybe you should consider using/ buying a better pc.

And Sony Vegas will indeed be better
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I agree. This hardware is from 2005 and the cpu is maxed out. The max ram is 4gb. For about $100 I can max out ram and get a decent video card, but It may be time to cut my losses and build a new system.

It sucks that I buy this camera and then feel like I need a new computer to take advantage of it.
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You'll probably need a better pc if u want significant improvements. I'm looking for a laptop myself to do the same thing u want.

I'll be getting something along the lines of

I5 processor
4gb ram minimum
500gb hard drive

Can get one here in Aus for around $500-$550, am just waiting for Boxing Day sales to see if I can get anything cheaper
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would something like this fit the bill or should I be looking at something newer?

APPLE MAC POWERMAC G5 DUAL 2.3
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I agree. This hardware is from 2005 and the cpu is maxed out. The max ram is 4gb. For about $100 I can max out ram and get a decent video card, but It may be time to cut my losses and build a new system.

It sucks that I buy this camera and then feel like I need a new computer to take advantage of it.

It never ends. Just wait until you decide you want a a third party plug in. You go to install said plug in but you realize you have to upgrade your OS.

Wait now that you've updated your OS now your main editing software starts crashing. Fuck. But you really want this plug in. Soooooo you make your system dual boot. Oh fuck. Now you need more hard drive space. Well at least hard drives are cheap. Now you're spending more time
tweaking your rig then editing on the fucking thing.

It's always something.

So you finally cut the thing on your computer monitor and it's awesome. You take it your buddies house who has a sweet projector and you see all these tiny details you mised on your 21" LCD at home. Go home. Crop out the gapers in the background only you can see. Next thing you know you're painting out the chair life cables above your head. A week later it's perfect. You take it back to your buddies house and he's like 'dude bro. Love the new music'

The music never changed and he doesn't even care that you spent 27 hours painting out lift cables. So you set your edit rig on fire. Good riddance!
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HAHAHA, too true.
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would something like this fit the bill or should I be looking at something newer?

APPLE MAC POWERMAC G5 DUAL 2.3
Whats your budget? Macs are generally better for high end video editing, but you pay more for them. A pc will do what you need.
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