Video Cards - the Agony of Choice! at

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Open DV Discussion
For topics which don't fit into any of the other categories.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 6th, 2004, 01:03 AM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1
Video Cards - the Agony of Choice!

Looking at Purchasing New DELL

Does anyone have an opinion on the x16 ATI Radeon X300 SE Video card and whether (for video editing) it is worth the extra $800AUD for the x16 ATI Radeon X800 XT?

Some differences from the doco:

325 MHz vs 500 MHz Controller Speed
196 MHz vs 500 MHz On Board Memory Speed
128 Mb vs 256 Mb Memory
128-bit vs 256-bit Controller data Width
64-bit vs 256-Bit On Board Memory Data Width

Are these differences of major value in Video Editing or are they mainly for Games players?

Advice appreciated!
Arthur Chapman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 6th, 2004, 06:41 AM   #2
Major Player
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Ashford, AL
Posts: 937
This is going to get moved because it is OT for this forum. However, the video card provides little help for video editing. Most editing software do not use card features. You CAN get video accelerator cards (Canopus, for example) that work with some software. The cards you mentioned are primarily for games performance.
Guy Bruner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 8th, 2004, 09:04 AM   #3
Inner Circle
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 4,750
For compositing, some NLEs can take advantage of video card acceleration. In that case I believe the workstation cards are better since they are designed for better openGL acceleration. i.e. the Quadro and Wildcat lines from Nvidia and ATI.

2- THen there are hardware acceleration hardware/cards. With Premiere Pro there are lots of cards with good bundle deals, although I dont know how likely you will get them working. Check Premiere forums before buying.

With Avid you can get Mojo.

Vegas and Edition doesn't have anything for it AFAIK.

Final Cut Pro has the Cinewave (>$3k), which is kind of pointless if you have a dual processor G5.

3- Not sure what computer prices are like in Australia but generally speaking Dell's upgrades/add-ons are usually overpriced (2X or more compared to street prices for some upgrades). In the US some of the upgrades are very resonable (video card, sound card) and others overpriced.
Glenn Chan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 8th, 2004, 12:34 PM   #4
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Vallejo, California
Posts: 4,049
Any video card may work. Depends. Many RT cards and software support video overlay on the computer monitor. You'd want to make certain you don't require a specific genre of card for that.

If you use 3D or compositing programs, some of them take advantage of the calculating abilities of the game cards to generate almost real time previews of your work.

I use a Radeon 9600Pro which has dual display capbility (good for video editing) and will acellerate my After Effects previews.

It was a balance (at the time) between cost and performance.
Mike Rehmus
Hey, I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel!
Mike Rehmus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 8th, 2004, 01:12 PM   #5
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 1,415
I'm running a ATI 9800XT since I want to edit and storm Omaha Beach. :)
Tommy Haupfear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 9th, 2004, 08:50 PM   #6
New Boot
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: St. James, Missouri
Posts: 23
Like mike, I use a Radeon9600 and I am satisfied with it, for both games (gasp, I play games on my editor :) ) and for editing.
Jeff Smallwood is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Open DV Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:59 AM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network