I had an AMD2000+ desktop PC, with 512MB RAM, 120GB HD and decent Graphics Card.
I have captured video off of DV Camera, VCR and TV (through DV Camera, via Firewire), onto my PC, many times.
But once I had edited the video, and tried rendering it (before burning to DVD) the rendering would simply stop, or the whole PC would freeze.
Of the number of times i have tried this, 80% of the time, the rendering of the video would be unsuccessful.
I had XP on that PC, Service Pack 2 and all the necesary updates. No programmes were running during the rendering process and there was always more than enough free space for the projects.
I seeked assistance from the video editing software support team, but none of the info they gave me helped, and i then thought maybe there was something wrong with my PC itself (i.e. the motherboard etc).
Soon afterwards i got a Fujitsu Siemens laptop. 1.6Ghz Intel Processor, 60GB HD, Service Pack 2, 1GB of RAM, and even a new VCR, in case the footage being captured was problematic.
But when i attempted to render another movie, the rendering stopped once more. I then deleted scenes from the footage where the rendering stopped and tried again, with no luck.
As i said, i have captured from different sources, and sometimes the rendering works, but most of the time it doesn't.
If someone can give me substantial assistance (i have tried everything i can think of so far) i would be ever so greatful. If not, then i hope someone can at least tell me EXACTLY what the problem is?
I am under the impression (maybe wrongly) that the processors i had on the Desktop and the now on the Laptop just arent cut out for video editing, no matter how much HD space or RAM i have.
I realise that Apple computers are designed for such uses and a few of the people i have spoke to who do video editing all use Apples and have no problems, but does that mean that relatively upgraded PC's (such as the 2 i have used) are not good enough to handle video editing?
I would understand such a point if i could not render ANY video, but as i said, i have managed to render a few perfectly, while most do not work.
Once again, any help will be greatly appreciated!!