It seems I cannot find a clear answer on this. I am building a dedicated editing computer for my videography business, and I have just about every component figured out that I need, except which kind of video card to use. I will be learning Sony Vegas Pro once I get it pieced together.
For the most part it will be straight forward editing from my MRC1 files (I believe they are AVCHD) and HDV from capture. This is mainly wedding based so I won't be creating really any 3D effects for the videos. Mainly just basic color effects, looks effects, old film effects, white balance, etc.
What kind of video card is recommended? I thought Quadro FX cards were the editing norm but after looking at them online I see little reviews here and there saying that your money would be much better spent on a higher end gaming card rather than a workstation card. I was looking at a Quadro FX 580 or 1800 even, but I am told that the processing cores they contain don't even match up to a decent gaming card. I know you can get a lot more bang for your buck on gaming cards - at least on the up front specs - but from what I understand the way the cards function are completely different.
My first thought before finding the couple bad reviews on the quadro cards for editing was a 2 way SLI Quadro FX 580, until I quickly realized that particular card does not suppord SLI. The 512 MB seems kinda weak, but I have never used a workstation card so I am at a loss. The 1800 is only 768MB, but the price seems more than doubled from the 580.
Now being unsure, I wonder if doing a SLI GTX260 would be better. Or even just one of the GTX 285's.
I am looking to spend $400-$500 on the video card side of this and hope to find the right choice.
Thanks in advance,