|Originally posted by jbarr
That is EXCELLENT information--thanks!
Now, I have two questions:
1. For "one-computer people", one step to try (short of a re-format and re-install) might be to remove all the "unnecesary" codecs. Obviously, this can be a daunting task. In that "gspot" program mentioned above, there is a menu function called "View > Installed Codecs > Video" and "View > Installed Codecs > Audio". My machine here at work (just a base install of W2K per our company's standards) reports about 30 or so entries in the report. My home machine (Windows XP Pro), on which I do my video editing, has about *60* codecs installed.
Can you recommend a "safe" way of removing these codecs without totally mucking things up? Can I just delete the .dll's or is there a facility ti delete them? I understand that this may be a rather unrealistic question because the options are so great, but your experience has proven quite useful in the past, so...
2. For "two-computer people", doing a complete reformat and re-install of an OS probably makes the most sense. My question is two-fold: First, what OS do you recommend for NLE? I can install either W2K or WXP Pro. Second, when installing these OS's, what are your recommendations as to controlling what gets installed? By this, I mean when an OS like WXP Pro installs, a TON of "extras" are installed that I just simply won't use for video editing. What tips do you have concerning either preventing specific apps from installing in the first place or removing specific apps after a clean install. And related to that, what "extras" do you recommend NOT be installed?
Sorry to overwhelm you with these.
Thanks again for your input on this--it is invaluable! And if I am lucky, I may even get an NLE system that works like yours does!
1) Honestly I've never had to go the route of putzing with my system to remove codecs. (I'm a big believer in the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" thing)
<grin> But I'd be VERY careful. This is the problem with Billy Gates and his Microshaft world. His operating system is an end-all be-all thing and really has re-written the term "operating system". It's now far FROM just an operating system. And unfortunately it has a lot of "things" going on in it that really have no business being in a "real" operating system. Some day, you'll just anti up your Multi-K-bucks to the Gates Empire and you'll not have to ever buy another software product. Ah .. sorry .. I'm rambling. As you can tell I'm no fan of BG. But it IS the biggest game in town, and has brought computers to the masses.
So back to the question. Who knows what all of those codecs are doing?
I'll have a good look at my over-all system to see if I can get a list of EVERYTHING in it. Maybe that'll help.
2) I'm a die hard Windows 2000 Pro guy. It's the most stable and compatible OS I've used and have been using it for my dedicated NLE machine since the beginning.
As far as my technique for putting a system together, I'll have to write it all down while I'm building this new one. I've been doing it for so long, it's all kinda automatic. I probably do a lot of things in specific order just because that's the way I've always done it and never thought about it.
So I'll be back later (Sorry I can't wait any longer and the pile of parts on the work bench is calling out to me.
In case you are interested here's the list for my new machine.
ABIT NF7-S Main board.
Crucial PC3500 DDR ( 256 Mb) X 2 (must be used in pairs and installed as such in proper 2 of 3 available slots
ATA UDMA 133 120 GB drive for the op system. (removable)
ATA " " 60 GB for a "scratch" drive
Pioneer A05 4x DVD Burner
ATA 133 removable drive bay (for off system storage of Mpegs etc.)
ATI All in Wonder Radeon 9000 Video and capture card
Hercules Fortissimo II Sound card.
PCMCIA PC card slot
LS120 Disk drive.
The main board has on-board sound (will be disabled) 6 USB vers 2, Fireware, 10/100 Lan, Serial ATA controller, and all the other usual stuff.
I'll install windows 2000 pro. Leave the windows drivers as installed for the video card.
Then install the monitor drivers.
Then install all service packs. Then run MS update and get the latest of all the os things. Then install Direct X, and sound card drivers.
Lastly I'll delete the stock video drivers used by windows and reboot to a generic video driver. Then run the full ATI install for the video, capture and such.
I've always found that if possible it's best to first work on the operating system and get it established with it's own recommended drivers and such. Once all the service Packs and updates are installed for the op system, then I work on upgrading the video and other drivers. This could be because of ATI driver issues I've had in the past, but I believe it's still the safe and logical way to do it. Point is you work on the operating system with minimal add-ons and then only use that op system's defaults when you can. Once the op system is up to the latest specs, THEN start upgrading your drivers and such.
Oh I guess I rambled again and told you what I was going to tell you later. Harrrrr. If I don't return in a day, then you'll know we had "smoke" and things aren't going well. ;)