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    Default New guy with new computer

    I got hooked on video editing only a short time ago and quickly found out there are serious limitations to what you can do on a laptop. So I did some research, placed a few orders through newegg and last week I built the following system:

    Case: Antec 1200
    PSU: Antec 850W Sig. Series
    MOBO: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P
    CPU: Intel Core I7 920 Nehalem 2.66 GHz
    CPU fan: Noctua NH-C12P 120mm
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR 5
    RAM: Corsair 6GB (3X2GB) DDR3 1333
    OS: Vista Ultimate 64 bit
    C drive: WD 300GB VelociRaptor 10k rpm
    E drive: WD 150GB X2 VelociRaptor 10k rpm RAID 0
    Monitor: ASUS VH242H 24 inch
    DVD drive: LG 22X DVD Burner
    Software: Kaspersky 2009
    Studio 12 Ultimate
    Sony Vegas 9 Platinum

    Im using the C drive as my OS and software drive. The RAID 0 Im using for capture and editing.

    I still need to look at some sort of RAID 5 for media storage, but cant decide between and external or internal array. Any advice?

    I started on Studio 12 but I had so many problems with it being quirky, on both my laptop and new computer, that Im trying to learn Vegas 9 now.

    I've only been running the system for a week, but WOW, its fun!!!

    (PS: Im not very computer literate, so I appretiate all the advice I can get)

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    What type of camera are you planning on using to shoot your videos with? If it is a mini dv or hdv cam then you will need a Firewire socket (the best method of connection), I don't see it listed on your spec.

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    The MOBO has a single 1394a connection that Im not using right now. I was just on newegg trying to decide if I need a 1394b card. I purchased a Canpus 300 and I was going to wait till it got here to see if it was a or b. Can you advise?

    I have an ESATA conection on my case that I could use for an external drive, but I was thinking about buying a RAID card and going internal. My case has the room for it and then its less clutter.

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    that mobo has a firewire connection on the backplate and 2 firewire headers on the main board.

    An internal raid with external backup would be best

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    As for a camera, right now Im still using a Hi-8. I plan to ugrade soon to something HD with an internal drive. My focus right now is converting VHS tapes over.

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    I don't know what those Canopus 300's are like, never used one. I would set up a Firewire connection, get a mini dv or hdv camcorder and forget about a camcorder with a disk drive. You'll never get the image quality from it that mini dv can give and the file formats are a bugger to edit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikosony View Post
    I don't know what those Canopus 300's are like, never used one. I would set up a Firewire connection, get a mini dv or hdv camcorder and forget about a camcorder with a disk drive. You'll never get the image quality from it that mini dv can give and the file formats are a bugger to edit.
    I belive hdv is very good. has anyone had any experience with it?

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