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    Default Anyone bought a PC recently

    Has anyone out there bought a PC specifically for video editing recently? If so:

    1) Where did you buy it from? Was it a specialist video editing company such as DVC or just a standard PC builder?

    2) What was the reason for the choice above? Was price a factor for example?

    3) Was you given any advice with respect to video editing when you bought it? How accurate was this advice in hindsight? Did the salesman seem to know about video editing?

    4) What makes your PC a "video editing PC"? Was it built with a specific card or packaged with software for example?

    5) Have you used support from a video editing point of view? If so, was you problem solved? Was it hardware or software related?

    6) Have you had to upgrade your PC since buying to do video editing, or was it ready out of the box? (This includes hardware and software.)

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    I took receipt of an IBM PC recently.

    Where did you buy it from? Was it a specialist video editing company such as DVC or just a standard PC builder?
    This was through the Home Computing Initiative in the work (I get a Tax and NI break). The machine was an IBM standard build.

    What was the reason for the choice above? Was price a factor for example?
    Tax break was a significant factor as was the hardly noticeable reductions from my pay every two weeks. The Pentium 4 chip on the PC and dual graphics card were my only technical considerations.

    Was you given any advice with respect to video editing when you bought it? How accurate was this advice in hindsight? Did the salesman seem to know about video editing?
    No advice sought and none given.

    What makes your PC a "video editing PC"? Was it built with a specific card or packaged with software for example?
    Hmm, the PC is a standard build with a bundled firewire card. The graphics board does support two monitors although I am only using one.

    Have you used support from a video editing point of view? If so, was you problem solved? Was it hardware or software related?
    No and no problems

    Have you had to upgrade your PC since buying to do video editing, or was it ready out of the box? (This includes hardware and software.)
    Yes, I have added a second hard disk to dedicate to video editing. In this case an external 160Gb hard drive. I also installed ULead Mediastudio Pro (v7), ULead Video Studio 8 and Ulead DVD Movie Factory. The PC did come with XP SP2 and therefore Windows Movie Maker, but hey ...


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    Default Re: Anyone bought a PC recently

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters
    Has anyone out there bought a PC specifically for video editing recently? If so:

    1) Where did you buy it from? Was it a specialist video editing company such as DVC or just a standard PC builder?
    DIY Home built

    2) What was the reason for the choice above? Was price a factor for example?
    It should have been cheap, in the end it wasnt!

    3) Was you given any advice with respect to video editing when you bought it? How accurate was this advice in hindsight? Did the salesman seem to know about video editing?
    N/A I chose the spec.

    4) What makes your PC a "video editing PC"? Was it built with a specific card or packaged with software for example?
    Its a Dual CPU Athlon XP with 2gig ram and dual 19inch monitors 3200x1200 desk space. I use LE on it.

    5) Have you used support from a video editing point of view? If so, was you problem solved? Was it hardware or software related?
    Only as so far as upgrading to LE5.63 which fixed a load of bugs.

    6) Have you had to upgrade your PC since buying to do video editing, or was it ready out of the box? (This includes hardware and software.)
    I first started editing on a K6-2 500. It took 6 hours to render a 30 min clip into VCD I think I was using Pinnacle studio 5 or 6 (cant remember now) it was in 1998 ish. I can now encode faster than realtime.

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    Thanks DV_Ed amd welcome

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    Default Re: Anyone bought a PC recently

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters
    Has anyone out there bought a PC specifically for video editing recently? If so:

    1) Where did you buy it from? Was it a specialist video editing company such as DVC or just a standard PC builder?
    From DVD

    2) What was the reason for the choice above? Was price a factor for example?
    price, competance, friendly and helpful on the phone.

    3) Was you given any advice with respect to video editing when you bought it? How accurate was this advice in hindsight? Did the salesman seem to know about video editing?
    Def knew what they were talking about.

    4) What makes your PC a "video editing PC"? Was it built with a specific card or packaged with software for example?
    P4 with HTT, Matrox RT.X100 and half decent DVD writer

    5) Have you used support from a video editing point of view? If so, was you problem solved? Was it hardware or software related?
    Phoned once to check upgrade procedures for the RT.X100 card. no issues. All went well.


    6) Have you had to upgrade your PC since buying to do video editing, or was it ready out of the box? (This includes hardware and software.)
    Wouldn't say I had to upgrade but yes, I upgraded to Adpobe suite 1.5 from v1. No further 'upgrades' unless buying ParticleIllusion3 counts.

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    Just wanted to bump this thread up, but well done to Evesham and DVC for being so quick to reply to the email I sent yesterday . But then I've been impressed with both companies as a customer in the past!

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    im just going to number them off

    1. Sold the PC, and definitely bought a powermac G5 with dual 1.8's. Bought it striaght out of the Macintosh store, it was the display model, and then penis head (or angel) scratched it, and the manager just happened to notice when i was looking on that computer. Definitely bought it on the spot for quite a reduced price.

    2. I needed the kickin ass-ness off final cut and motion. And also there isnt as much crap you get on your computer when you get online (spyware, viruses) and also this thing can edit much easier than my old rig.

    3. The salesman had taken advice from his inner logic and decided to sell it to me right there i guess? haha idunno. no he didnt say anything about editing, although i did ask hiim some things about it.

    4. Powermac g5 Dual 1.8's..... enough said? its got a Radeon 9800 in it. and thats nice.

    5. not too many problems yet. Its really just converting from windows to MAc. .... cause my laptop is still Pc.

    6. It was ready except for Final Cut and Motion. And a couple other programs i loaded on there (encoders 'n' such) I swear i paid for them...
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    Anyone else either bought or built a PC in the last year?

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    Marc Peters wrote:
    Has anyone out there bought a PC specifically for video editing recently? If so:

    1) Where did you buy it from? Was it a specialist video editing company such as DVC or just a standard PC builder?

    Just built my own 'box' in the last 2 months purely for video editing

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    2) What was the reason for the choice above? Was price a factor for example?

    price, individuality and its good fun !!


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    3) Was you given any advice with respect to video editing when you bought it? How accurate was this advice in hindsight? Did the salesman seem to know about video editing?

    not applicable - when on my quest for knowledge some 2 months ago (I'm a reeeeel newbie to vid stuff!!) a slap head in Jacobs photographic tried to sell me a camcorder in which he said that they all download via the USB sir! ..... realised |I needed to get some decent info from decent sources !!

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    4) What makes your PC a "video editing PC"? Was it built with a specific card or packaged with software for example?

    DVD writer, SATA .5TB drive space, 1Gb DDRAM, 3Ghz AMD CPU, Firewire connections, multi monitor output

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    5) Have you used support from a video editing point of view? If so, was you problem solved? Was it hardware or software related?

    I blessed the day I found this knowledgeable forum...


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    6) Have you had to upgrade your PC since buying to do video editing, or was it ready out of the box? (This includes hardware and software.)


    it's a continuous process ........
    still fighting the temptation to buy TFTs though .........
    premier pro is a vertical learning curve but very good!

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