Originally Posted by BlueHurricane
I have a few questions that hopefully someone can answer. Dell is saying I must have a Blu-Ray burner, 512mb video card, 2.6 ghz i7 quad core processor and 8mb ram.
I have edited many AVC-HD (mt2s) files from my SR11 on two different but ordinary laptops. For software, I happen to use Sony Vegas Platinum but I have used Ulead and others.
When it works, the editing is easy and straightforward. The rendering and authoring of discs takes time.
I frankly would not spend money on a sophisticiated PC to edit H.264. AVC-HD files. You can do this with an ordinary dual core CPU and RAM over 2 GB - assuming that once finished editing, you can wait to render or author.
Software matters more. Does it work? Does it do what you want? Moreover, you should understand formats. Do you intend to transfer your 1920x1080 60i AVCHD format into VC-1 1280x720 30p in preparation to create a flawless SD DVD at 720x480? (If you worry about codecs and filters, then your software is bad.)
Something else: Interpolating. This is a crucial issue because it can misrender otherwise good videos.
In terms of final result, computer power is irrelevant in these questions. Your PC won't capture the event nor will it ultimately play it.
In short, software matters far more, and the compression of AVC-HD requires sophisticated software.
Originally Posted by hollip3020
the funny thing about that is we live in a very interesting time in technology.
in most of our lifetimes we've witnessed the birth of the personal computer, the exponential growth in their performance, and, what's happening now, the relative baby steps at which performance is progressing.
In terms of technology, my great grandmother saw far more changes in her lifetime than you will likely ever see in yours. She was born in 1889 and died in 1975 at the age of 86.
She was born into a world without airplanes, motor cars, penicillin, telephones, radio, telegraph, television and yet she saw a man walk on the moon.
What changes will you see in your life? Genetics, the Internet and cosmetic surgery? [Sorry for the rant.]