Right now, he has a Sony Bloggie. I think it does mp4 720p videos. It's just a little cheapie thing that he can use, it's small and portable. He's mostly just goofing around with his brother, or his friends and cousins.
I actually have tried Windows Movie Maker, and it works pretty decently on "my" PC. However, I couldn't seem to get it to work with my Compaq from 2005. That Compaq has Windows XP on it, and I think you need Windows 7 to use Windows Movie Maker. I'm just not sure that the compaq could handle video editing of something that is using 720p video, no matter how amateur it is.
Originally Posted by markr041
So, get the cheapest latest-vintage Windows, Intel-processor machine. Do not get an old model, period.
That's the problem though. We don't really want to spend a bunch of $$$ on this deal at all, because again, we don't really know how serious he's going to be with this. It could just be a passing phase, and then we are stuck with another PC that we don't really need that badly. That's why I was looking to buy something used of Craigslist. The big thing about buying something used off Craigslist, is that it's going to have a case and Windows and a power supply, etc, etc. Anytime you build your own PC, no matter how budget minded you are, you're going to have to drop money into it to get the power supply, case, etc, etc. You can go with a really cheap motherboard and processor combo, etc, etc, but the problem is, all the stuff starts to really add up.
The budget for this project is like $200 ish. We still need to buy a desk for him that he can use in his room. This isn't even counting that aspect of it. That's why if I got that computer that I listed above, for like $175, it already has Windows 7, and it already has a quad processor. Yeah, it's an older processor, and it has the slower memory, etc, etc, but $175 is $175. If I try to buy something from Best Buy, you're talking at least $500. Then I still have the desk to buy, and what if he loses interest in this is a couple of months ? I have no problem spending some good money on this, if I really knew he was going to stick with it long term, but who knows... I kinda want to just get his feet wet, and if he's really into it, then move on from there.