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- April 29, 2009 at 4:08 AM #46870AnonymousInactive
I have just purchased Vegas Pro 8. I know 9 is
coming out in 2 weeks, but I got a pretty smoking deal for 8. So I
have the software, but now I need a computer to run it on. I have been
getting mixed answers on where to get a computer. Some people on here
say don’t buy from a big manufacture because they don’t know what they
are doing. But I talked to some colleagues of mine (In fact, one of
them is a Vegas Expert) and they are using computers from Dell, HP,
Sony. I also have noticed some other people on here recommend building
a computer. On that note, I know how to drive the car, but not fix or
rebuild an engine like a car mechanic does. I would love to know how
to do that, but I was not blessed with those talents. Some people also
say get a local computer shop to build one, but I heard that is
expensive to do so. Plus I just moved here to Colorado and I don’t
know any local shops I could trust to buy from. Bottomline is I am
looking for a computer that will be reliable, will be a workhorse. I
do not want to run into a problem 6 months later and realized that I
should have gotten more storage or a faster this or that, yada, yada,
yada…. I am guessing you guys are getting my drift. I also would
like to make sure if I go desktop that I would get a tower to be able
to make changes to the computer in the future if I need to. One more
thing to, Desktop or Laptop? It would be nice to be able to go mobile,
so if a client needs something right then and there, I have the ability
to do so. I just feel like the Desktop will tie me down and it is
bulky while moving it, but it may be good for me to do so. I realize
the Desktop will probably have a higher performance level than a laptop
to. Well, I hope I didn’t leave any important info out. Thank you for
your time, your help and your responses.
My budget is $5000, but I would like to spend under $2500, so I can
save money and spend money on other things I need for my video
production business. But I am willing to pay, what I need to pay to
make sure I have a very good performing computer, so I don’t have to
waste my time trying to fix and deal with problems with this computer.
One more thing, I am very open to any suggestions on the direction I
need to go with getting this computer. Thank you again!
Last september I got the Gateway P-7811 FX it runs centrino 2 technology has a 17 inch high def display and ddr3 ram…pluc a host of other features and specs you can find here: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/gateway-p-7811-fx.aspx
There is no doubt that you can find something else along those lines, sony makes one very comparable, as does HP but I love my computer, it runs Adobe master suite cs4 without a single hiccup (AVCHD compression even). It is barely portable because of it’s size and weight but it is still possible to take it with me on location. If you plan to have your rig for a while, I would recommend you start in this arena because you can bet a lot of bang for your buck and it seems like it will serve the functions you have set forth.
Also, although there was a time when laptops were nothing more than word processors that you could carry around, modern tech has made them ever bit as powerful as desktops if you have the appropriate funds. The only downside is upgradability, but even that has come a long way in the past two years or so. Keep your eyes and mind open and I have no doubt that you will find exactly what you need.
Thank you TDedmonSBP. Does AVCHD compression give people trouble with their computers? What do you use your computer for business or home movies? Do you use it on a daily basis to cut and produce video? What kind of camera do you use with it? Are you ingesting video from MiniDV Tapes or P2 Cards or Recording Devices? Are you using HD or SD or both? Thank you for your kind words again. I will look into that laptop. You probably know where I am at, this past week I have been jamming information about NLE Systems and Computers in my brain. I feel like a Zombie.
I also thought about some more things to add to my list of preferences for my Computer. For my OS, I would like to use XP Pro or Vista Business, because I don’t want extra programs, apps, or just stuff making my computer slow or slow down to do the jobs I need to get done in a time efficient manner. I am looking to edit on the computer, burn dvds and blu-ray discs, upload videos to my website that I will create. Also upload videos to different websites. I would like to see if I can put videos on the iphone, because I would like to be able to show videos or demos of my work to future clients to sell my services. I am guessing this is pretty easy if you are using Final Cut, since they are both apple, I am just a little worried since Vegas is sony. If I can think of anything else, I will post it.
Vegas is a good beginner’s choice, as it is inexpensive, and it is an ‘all in one.’
As for hardware, all I really know is that if you go Dell, get either a T5400/5500 or a T7400/7500 workstation (T7400/7500 preferred) with a big PSU (power supply). That will give you lots of room to expand. You may not know anything technical now, but it will pay to learn to pick techie things up as you go along, and in a big sort of way. Even a race car driver has to learn at least something about auto mechanics, even if he does not do the work himself. But getting a prebuilt with tech support will get you started on that road without having to learn everything before you begin.
Again if this is your first machine, get the Dell Gold technical support, and for as long as you can. That way, any hiccups you run into, Dell will cover you. You just get on the phone or on email chat (your preference)and they will walk you through.Priceless (although I absolutely do not recommend Home and Home Office support.)
Vegas runs on the number of cores, so get a processor with 4 cores, Vista 64-bit Business or Ultimate, and lots of RAM. People love the new Core i7, and it is supposed to be something like 40% faster than the CoreDuo series, for very little more money. The GTX 260/280 cards are a great bang for the buck.
You will want/need Dell to install a RAID controller card. Your C drive does not have to be in RAID 0, but your D: drive (data) does. Dell charges a small fortune for extras, so if you know anyone who can help you add the D: drives themselves in RAID 0, you will save a lot of money. I did not know anything when I got my first machine either (and some would argue that I still don’t), and I gotC: as two drives in RAID 0, and then I added D: in RAID 0 later myself. (Dells come with all of the cables.) Someone at http://www.tomshardware.com will probably be happy to talk you through adding D: in RAID 0. Just be sure to get RAID 0 something from Dell, so that they will support RAID 0 arrays. I have been amazed what Dell will support with Dell Gold TechnicalSupport.
You can get excellent prices on accessories through NewEgg or TigerDirect.com. In addition to better prices on hdd’s (hard disk drives) you can get much faster and better RAM for less from Crucial.com, or other mfrs. Look for ‘low latency.’ All hdd’s need to be fast, especially D: (data).
You will learn lots of things as you go along, but this will get you started in a big sort of way. Dell machines are also compatible with Adobe and even Avid, if and when you decide to branch out. The main thing is just get as big of a case and power supply as you can, which allows for better cooling and expandability. Best of success.
>>Does AVCHD compression give people trouble with their computers?
Unless I miss the mark here, AVCHD basically means flash-memory based video recordings. Yes, it give people problems. I know Vegas supports HDV, but I am not sure if Sony supports AVCHD or not. I could not find it here.
I knowthe new Magix software supports AVCHD, and it is supposed to be both inexpensive, and good:
If you want to go AVCHD (flash memory) for your primary camcorder, I would recommend contacting the manufacturers, and make sure they say they will support it. AVCHD is supposed to give superior picture quality, but the codec is so highly compressed that it makes computers work really hard. Also, one does not have a built-in backup, as with HDV tape. There are many pros and cons.
I think someone makes a ‘converter’ to convert the AVCHD codec to something computers can use easier, but I am not sure who. If you want to use AVCHD, Iwould check with VASST or Cineform. Perhaps someone on this forum knows?
>>For my OS, I would like to use XP Pro or Vista Business, because I don’t want extra programs, apps, or just stuff making my computer slow or slow down to do the jobs I need to get done in a time efficient manner.
Definitely Vista 64 bit. More RAM (which you’ll need), and faster processing speeds. And actually, it is more stable also.