Moxy, The spec’s on your m



The spec’s on your machine are more than adequate for HD editing. I don’t use pinnacle as it is consumer software and the problems you’re having may be due to you asking more from it than it’s capable of. Adobe’s suite of software would be a fine choice or on the strictly PC side, the Sony suite of products is good as well and superior for sound work. Mac’s are a good choice too though not the ‘end all’ solution their advertising hypes them to be.

With two or three K on hand for a camera, there are lots of good choices. If as you say you’re looking to move into the pro arena an HD camera is going to be a good option. Now, you can still get solid imagery from DV based cameras but the tech is rapidly getting phased out. HDV will be around for a while longer but AVCHD is becoming the standard as working ‘tapeless’ gains in popularity. You’ll be looking for a ‘prosumer’ camera and you can find them on B&H Photo/Video, Adorama and other websites. Pro cameras run at $3k and up so unless you’re willing to gas up your budget, a prosumer rig will be a good bet. Oh and cameras don’t use DAT tapes (digital audio tape). Your options for camera recording media currently are; internal harddrive, tape, flash media and portable harddrives. Each has their bennie’s and P.I.A’s associated with them so you’ll have to decide what works best for you.

Hope that starts the ball rolling for you.

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