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TCT099
Edius NX PCIe
on Sep 12, 2007 at 5:01:20 pm

Hello,

I’m looking for an expert’s opinion. I would like to know if my Dell Dimension 8400 meets the spec requirements for Edius NX PCIe. It seems to me that it does, how ever I would like an expert’s opinion. I’m not ready for HD yet, just SD output

System Specifications:

Dimension 8400 Pentium 4 Processor 540 with HT Technology (3.20GHz, 800 FSB),
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Memory 512MBx2 Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
Monitor 19 in Flat Panel Display (Analog)
Video Card 128MB PCI Express x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon X300 SE
Hard Drive 160GB NCQ Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Network Interface Intel Pro 10000 Integrated PCI NIC card
Modem 56K PCI data Faxmodem
Samsung CD ROM/DVD ROM 16X DVD-Rom Drive
Sony DVD burner
Sound Card Integrated Audio
5.1Speakers System

What type of upgrades would you recommend with this set up?


Also, I’m not clear on some things about Edius NX PCIe, like:

Full resolution preview
Set up for external (3rd) monitor for preview
2 monitor display capability
Divx import feature
Capture card provided
DVD menus and chapters
Compatible with Sony DSR11 deck

Presently, I’m using Pinnacle Studio 9 plus. It works fine until I add audio to the timeline with 2 video tracks. Now I hear the hard drive crunching every time I make a move. I’m looking for something that can handle multiple tracks (video and audio) in the same timeline. Studio does not provide a very good slow motion effect either, very jittery. Maybe it’s my computer, I don’t know, but I need smooth slow motion. Am I going to get that with all of the above?

All comments and recommendations are welcome.

Thanks,
Troy


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Alex Cantu
Re: Edius NX PCIe
on Sep 12, 2007 at 9:06:57 pm

It barely meets the requirements. A bit weak for DV, completely inadequate for HDV.

If u only want to edit DV i'd recomend to increase RAM to 1 GB or 2 if your bugdet allows it. The video card is OK, but not great (some RT stuff may not work as expected).
XP Home... simply not, switch to pro. Also i'd add a second hard drive for AV capture.

If u want to edit HDV u'll probably have a hard time, a Pentium D or a Core2 Duo are better for that job. If u only want to edit DV maybe u should consider DVX instead.

Full resolution preview: 480, 720 and 1080 supported for video monitor
Set up for external (3rd) monitor for preview: this is not a pc monitor but a video monitor
2 monitor display capability: two pc monitors for extended desktop
Divx import feature: this means u can work with .avi files using divX codec (an MPEG4 like compressor)
Capture card provided: ...more info, post the whole sentence.
DVD menus and chapters: ...again, more info, DVDs have menus and chapters, what do u want to know?
Compatible with Sony DSR11 deck: it measn it can control this VTR via 1394 host

BTW pinnacle products offer too basic tools, u'll finad Edius far more versatile and powerful, bt it requires a good configuration


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TCT099
Re: Edius NX PCIe
on Sep 12, 2007 at 9:33:06 pm

Oh, I forgot to add it:
got a second hard drive, 250gb @ 7200rpm
got 1gb ram (512x2) @ 533 mhz

Fully aware of the following, I want to know if they are part of Edius NX features/capabilities?

Full resolution preview
Set up for external (3rd) monitor for preview
2 monitor display capability
Divx import feature
Capture card provided
DVD menus and chapters
Compatible with Sony DSR11 deck


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Alex Cantu
Re: Edius NX PCIe
on Sep 13, 2007 at 9:05:02 pm

The following are NX features:

Full resolution preview
Set up for external (3rd) monitor for preview
2 monitor display capability (yes, but it depends on your display card)

Divx import feature (as long as u have the codec installed)

Capture card provided* There is a stand alone version of Edius, the NX is a capture/editing card that includes Edius Pro.

DVD menus and chapters* it exports to .VOB and MPEG2 but u need an authoring software to create the menu.

Compatible with Sony DSR11 deck* can't asure but as long as it uses firewire/1394 it should be


BTW what codec are you using for editing right now?


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