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    Right i already have a resonably good editing computer but i'm planning an upgrade.

    At the moment i use the Adobe Production Premium package but i'm going to get CS3 suite when it's released. However i was considering switching to Avid Xpress Pro, worth it?

    Although at the moment all i edit is Mini DV SD footage, i want to have an HDV ready system so when i upgrade my camera, i am ready straight away.

    I'm curious about HD capture cards, or different qualities of capture cards?
    Also i'm curious about a Core 2 Quad core Extreme, or a Xeon Quad core, which would you suggest?

    What would be the best things to buy for my HD edit system (e.g. screens, capture card, graphics card, processor).

    Thanks

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    Not sure about avid express over premier but avid is not used by many here - expensive and heavy on system resources and may not offer anything extra to most people in most situations.

    Capture cards - no need to worry, you only need a firewire card, any f wire card.

    As for processors, both would be great but I suspect a xeon may be a bit (little bit) faster than a core 2.

    Stabilty is very important for an editing system so anything 'overclocky' should be avoided.

    Spec a few disc drives and keep the system on one and video on another. If you have the cash maybe considor a safe raid array - the thought of losing my 4 years of work gives me the chills, I dont have raid but back up to removable drives.

    G cards arent really that imposrtant, just get a mid range card that is up to date.

    Screens - 2 is a great advantage, or 3, or 4....

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    Not sure about avid express over premier but avid is not used by many here - expensive and heavy on system resources and may not offer anything extra to most people in most situations.

    Capture cards - no need to worry, you only need a firewire card, any f wire card.

    As for processors, both would be great but I suspect a xeon may be a bit (little bit) faster than a core 2.

    Stabilty is very important for an editing system so anything 'overclocky' should be avoided.

    Spec a few disc drives and keep the system on one and video on another. If you have the cash maybe considor a safe raid array - the thought of losing my 4 years of work gives me the chills, I dont have raid but back up to removable drives.

    G cards arent really that imposrtant, just get a mid range card that is up to date.

    Screens - 2 is a great advantage, or 3, or 4....

    Oh yea, if you have the cash, what about that new mac with 8 cores? I am an XP / PC person but that mac would rule for editing, running XP / vegas for me it would rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W View Post
    Not sure about avid express over premier but avid is not used by many here - expensive and heavy on system resources and may not offer anything extra to most people in most situations.

    Capture cards - no need to worry, you only need a firewire card, any f wire card.

    As for processors, both would be great but I suspect a xeon may be a bit (little bit) faster than a core 2.

    Stabilty is very important for an editing system so anything 'overclocky' should be avoided.

    Spec a few disc drives and keep the system on one and video on another. If you have the cash maybe considor a safe raid array - the thought of losing my 4 years of work gives me the chills, I dont have raid but back up to removable drives.

    G cards arent really that imposrtant, just get a mid range card that is up to date.

    Screens - 2 is a great advantage, or 3, or 4....

    Oh yea, if you have the cash, what about that new mac with 8 cores? I am an XP / PC person but that mac would rule for editing, running XP / vegas for me it would rule.
    I'm starting to favour the Xeon now, but i got the crazy idea from somewhere that if you have a Xeon Quad, you need to buy 4 of them. Is this true?

    Can you get HD screens? and is it possible to have two screens for the PC and a third screen for full screen Premiere Pro playback.

    What is a safe raid?

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