My first post on here - have read quite a few posts but basically after some information and thought I'd ask for some expertise.
I've just taken some HD film on MiniDV on a Sony Camcorder.
I bought Pinnacle Studio 12 for editing - thinking that the graphics card on my laptop was good enough (it is an integrated one and it says max graphics memory 384MB but min 8MB and I get the popup in Pinnacle that says that my card is not good enough).
My house mate has a desktop with a 256MB graphics card which would meet the min requirements for Pinnacle for HD editing but she doesn't have a firewire card.
1) buy a firewire card for her desktop (but is 256MB graphics ultimately going to be good enough?)
2) Could I get someone else to do the video capture off the camcorder - onto a portable Hard Drive or as a DVD? so I can do the editing on her desktop
3) What about other software for HD editing which will run on my laptop? Or am I going to find that the integrated graphics card is never going be able to deal with this.
4) Buy a decent laptop of desktop for the job.... £££