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Old February 11th, 2007, 06:08 PM   #1
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What NLE for older system

Setting up an old system for a friend -1gig Athlon- once my old video editing PC. He has just got a DV cam and wants to play around. It has been awhile since I edited at this level (moved on to HDV and various other lossless codecs) and want to recommend some software to him that is lean/fast/simple is compatible with older CPU's. Premiere 6.5 was the last NLE I used on that system, but that may be a bit much for him, and I don't know what other software has developed since then that will play well on old hardware.
Any idea's?
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Old February 11th, 2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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I woudl suggest Vegas.

I've been an Avid editor forever and just got my hands on Vegas 6 to see what it was like. It's "different" and sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees (like how to fade a text clip in and out, I kept trying to add an effect instead of just grabbing the handle.) Many have said its intuitive to the uninitiated.

I have to say with my limited exposure so far, I like it.
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Old February 11th, 2007, 09:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. No restrictions on older hardware with Vegas? Anyone know what version is best suited to a 1Ghz XP system?

Tried to find out myself with no luck. In doing so I noticed the price. Ouch! This isn't what I'm looking for. The key point of my first post is, "He has just got a DV cam and wants to play around." Heavy emphasis on play! Buying software that is worth 3X the system doesn't make sense here. I need simple simple simple, but not utterly lacking in any features. You know a step above Windows movie maker (although I have never used this software) and under $100. Preferably even less.
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Vegas will run on just about anything-I've used it on a P3 750 machine with 128 RAM and a 40gig FW HDD. Certainly not ideal but other than the render time being outlandish it ran just fine. IF you can still get Version 6 that should be fine UNLESS your friend is looking to do HD then you really need Ver 7 or if 6 isn't there anymore then you're limited to 7-
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Old February 12th, 2007, 02:48 AM   #5
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If you're "playing around", check out Vegas Movie Studio Platinum - it's more in the range of other consumer stuff and works much the same as the full version... Steve
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Old February 12th, 2007, 03:47 AM   #6
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Vegas or Edius.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 10:12 AM   #7
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Thanks for the reply. No restrictions on older hardware with Vegas? Anyone know what version is best suited to a 1Ghz XP system?

Tried to find out myself with no luck. In doing so I noticed the price. Ouch! This isn't what I'm looking for. The key point of my first post is, "He has just got a DV cam and wants to play around." Heavy emphasis on play! Buying software that is worth 3X the system doesn't make sense here. I need simple simple simple, but not utterly lacking in any features. You know a step above Windows movie maker (although I have never used this software) and under $100. Preferably even less.

Maybe an older version of Pinnacle that someone still has sitting around? (I might still have one if you'd like me to look for it.)

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Old February 14th, 2007, 09:15 PM   #8
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Thanks for the offer, very kind of you. Should be fine though. I will tell him what his options are and he can pick what he wants. I might just dig out my Premiere 6.5, and he can pick between that an Windows movie maker.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 10:43 PM   #9
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Premiere Elements, I believe might meet the price point??? Isnt' that a stripped down version of Premiere?
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No ifs ands or buts, Vegas is not hardware dependent and will work well on just about any system. For DV work, I found Vegas 4 to be rock stable and a joy to work with. If you need HDV capability, move up to vegas7
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Old February 19th, 2007, 08:33 PM   #11
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You can still get vegas 6 from B&H for $99...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search
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Old February 19th, 2007, 10:09 PM   #12
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I think that Canopus Let's Edit kicks xxx for something like $100. Very simple. Very Fast. I think it rocks!
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