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Old June 18th, 2006, 12:51 PM   #1
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Minimal Comp Requirements for XL2 editing w/Premiere

Hi Guys... Sorry if this is a repeat question... I searched the forum already but was surpised I couldn't find a direct answer...

This is my first foray into the video world and I just purchased an XL2 with a plethora of lenses and accessories for my first project. I was originally planning on using Final Cut Pro on my roommate's G5, but I don't think that's going to work out... so now I'll have to scrounge up even more funds to put together a machine capable of doing some editing.

What are the minimal requirments for SD video editing on a PC (I'll likely be using Premiere). I'm trying not to go to crazy over budget... I really need something that can just get the job done... I was thinking something along these lines....

Pentium D 2800 Dual-Core Processor
250 GB HD (7200 RPM)
2GB RAM (would 1GB be workable? lemme know...)
128MB PCI Express ATI Radeon X300 SE
And then I was thinking a 19" flat panel with 16:9 resolution.

I could get that system for like $800 and then another $300 for the screen... which is sort of the budget I was looking to stay in.

Is this system acceptable? Does anything need to be kicked up a notch? Could I tone anything down? Really, I just want a machine that's capable... I don't need a powerhouse just yet.


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Old June 18th, 2006, 01:29 PM   #2
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According to the Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 System Requirements page the minimum system specs are:
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4GHz processor for DV (Pentium 4 3.4GHz processor for HDV; dual Intel Xeon™ 2.8GHz processors for HD; SSE2-enabled processor required for AMD systems)
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 2
  • 512MB of RAM for DV; 2GB of RAM for HDV and HD
  • 4GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • Dedicated 7,200RPM hard drive for DV and HDV editing; striped disk array storage (RAID 0) for HD
  • Microsoft DirectX-compatible sound card (multichannel ASIO-compatible sound card for surround sound)
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation
  • DVD+-R burner for DVD creation
  • 1,280x1,024 video display with 32-bit color adapter
  • OHCI-compatible IEEE 1394 video interface card for DV and HDV (AJA Xena HS for HD)
  • QuickTime 6.5 software
  • Internet or phone connection required for product activation
  • Adobe-recommended graphics card for GPU-accelerated playback (see the full compatible hardware listing)
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Old June 18th, 2006, 01:51 PM   #3
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Just out of curiosity, is it possible to capture DV and HDV via firewire to USB 2?
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Old June 28th, 2006, 02:05 AM   #4
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Your proposed system is definitely up-to-spec. My system is a 2.26ghz P4, and for the longest time, I was running on 512mb of ram and that was acceptable, now I'm on 1gb and it's definitely more than acceptable. That system should have no problem editing SD at all.
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