So I got two adchd cameras that record to about 22 mb/s at 1080p. I didn't know that before I bought it that it would be such a PAIN in the ass the edit even within sony vegas. I'm building a new computer in november (black friday). What minimum specs do you recommend for editing avchd videos.
My current specs for laptop now - they were fine before but when I edited avchd previewing is so laggy.
I regret buying that laptop, I was like 12. I rushed to get that laptop and never watched the Rpm.... 5400 .... And I thought it was T6600 and I didn't know integrated graphics were that bad. My uncle told me it was good cause of the 2gb of video memory. Also didn't see it was DDR3.
editing 1080p videos well will take strong computer... it does have a pluging to enable GPU's to work on the video as well (nvidia only I think), so I would say:
get an intel 920 with 6gb of ram and a nvidia 460, for your core, should cost about $400 or so for that, and then just the rest of the PC shouldn't cost too much more then $200-300 or so depending on what you can salvage/don't need
in any case don't try to use a laptop as.. well they just aren't made for 1080p editing ;P
Encoding video requires a strong CPU (like a 4 or 6 core desktop ). More RAM and a faster hard drive (or hard drives or SSDs) can help with editing, too. Don't worry too much about the GPU, judging by the description, the Sony Vegas GPU plugin won't help much.
To be honest, EDITING requires very little processing power at all. The HDD and memory are both tied for the most important aspects. Most HDDs, whether they're 5400RPM or 7200RPM will be good enough for MOST editing tasks. 5400RPM HDDs definitely have enough bandwidth to play most 1080p videos in realtime. When you get higher bandwidth video streams at larger resolution, then you need to worry about faster HDDs. Playing back several video clips at once will require a fair amount of GPU and HDD performance, but I'm assuming that's not what you're doing. Just make sure you have a second HDD (and maybe even a third) to store all of your video. Separating your source files from your OS drive will go a long way to increasing performance in editing so that the HDD isn't moving between OS tasks and video reading tasks. The SSD will definitely increase start time and make the programs a little more responsive, it won't increase performance of the program by any appreciable margin.
Transcoding the video and more advanced special effects is what takes the most processing power. I wouldn't bother with a GTX 460. The 470 is supported by more editing programs.
Also, I would consider an i7 870 because you can get the motherboard much cheaper and the 870 is no slouch in processing power. I'd also recommend 8GB of memory.
I, personally, use a Q8300 with 8GB of DDR2 800 memory and it works just fine for editing and transcoding.
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