Originally Posted by Jan J
If you have a fast computer, with 64 Bit OS, you can't go wrong with Adobe...
Been using it for years....
But do your homework first...... AVCHD is VERY Processor and Display card Intensive!!!! Trying to do AVCHD and BluRay Creation on a weak system is just asking for Pain!
"It's always cheapest to go First Class" is not just a saying!!!
What I would suggest for a minimum system for AVCHD & BluRay creation system:
Single Quad CPU or Higher
64 Bit OS
8Gb Ram... Preferably 16Gb or even More!
Media Raid for your editing storage (Raid 0 for speed)
a very large backup (Not a USB) drive
Buy the BEST display card you can find (If using Adobe software get a Mercury Playback Engine)
Video Editing, HD in Paticular, AVCHD in Specific is VERY CPU AND GPU INTENSIVE!!
You WILL ENCOUNTER the "Weakest Link" -- if you have one....
1. CPU Power
2. Drive Throughput (Hard Drive, DVD, BR throughput: In, Out, and during Editing, Rendering)
3. Ram Limitations (Smaller the ram size, the smaller the processing 'chunks', the smaller the in and out transfers-- the longer the in and out transfers take -- the longer the render times.
4. Time constraints -- Rendering dissolves/effects (or lack of rendering: Mercury Playback Engine)
5. GPU Power (Dropped frames)
6. Learning the software packages This can take time, too!
Just because you have a Computer doesn't mean it is optimized for video editing....
Just because you have done DV (Standard Definition) Editing and created a DVD doesn't mean this same system can do HD & BluRay editing.... The difference in bandwidth between SD and HD, DVD vs. BluRay is ASTOUNDING!!!
Obviously, this takes $$$.... I'm not going to say you can get by on the cheap.... I know, I've Tried!!!
I've had to Re-Purchase entire systems, and Raid controller and Display cards (multiple times) when I tried a less expensive solution that I ended up being just a step above my existing set-up....
Purchased 3 years ago with Dual Quad Core Xeon (un-fortunately, no Hyper-threading), one SataII Drive, XP Pro 32 bit OS, 4Gb Ram, Firewire, DVD/R, but it had 800W Power supply, and Onboard SATAII & SCSI Raid controllers.. for future expansion. I re-used existing monitors and USB Drives to do SD-DV editing.... This got me going for DV editing.....
HD editing required some upgrades.... As follows:
Retired Boot SataII drive (put in USB for external drive)
Went from 32 bit XP Pro, to 64 Bit Vista 64 (W7 was not out yet) Now Boot off 320Mb/sec 15K SCSI for speed
In order to do multi layer HD editing, Drive speed needed significant upgrade: 2Tb Raid 0 SataII 32Mb Cache 7200RPM (140Mb/sec)
Added 1Tb utility drive
2x USB drives used for SD editing now re-purposed as long term backup
I origionally went from 4Gb to 8Gb of Interleaved Ram. Whereas this was good for Editing, it was woefully in-sufficient for BluRay Transcoding...
So I tossed the 1GB Simms for 4Gb Simms, until I ran out of money 24 Gb of 32Gb is now stuffed (and this ram became way too expensive after I purchased the 24Gb, so I doubt I'll ever see 32Gb, unless I come across it used.... (Interleaved Server Ram--$$$)
2x 26" 1920x1080 displays replaced the old, small vga's.
Adobe CS5 Software
Most recent addition: Mercury Playback Engine--Nvidia Quadro FX4800 (NO MORE RENDERING EFFECTS!)
Yeah..... It's $$$$ but I rarely encounter any problems.....