OK, I've been thinking about taking the plunge into editing for about 1 year and reading about video editing for about 2 months now on the net trying to gather all the info I can before dropping alot of cash.
My goals are to be able to make short clips of my Motocross racing of me and my buddies and edit them and burn them to 650 MB CD's.
I would also like to take alot of my A/V HI 8mm tapes and convert them to D/V and Author these into DVD's since these are mostly family media.
I will also have some SVHS tapes to convert.
I currently have a A/V HI 8 Sony but soon to purchase the Digital 8 Sony with Firewire.
I know that my PC will need alot of upgrading(Mother Board w/ firewire, P4 CPU, 1 Gig ram, dual Graphics card, a couple of 120 GB HD's) but I'll buy all the necassary parts and install them. My current PC is as follows.
CPU=AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2100+ 1.7Ghz
GC= NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600 128MB
Ram= 512 MB DDR
SC= Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimo II
HD= Seagate 40 Gig
There is so much different NLE software and Hardware out there that it is a bit overwhelming for a new comer. I have a few questions.
#1 What makes real time editing or rendering, is it the software, hardware or a combination of both.
#2 What is the difference between a on board Capture card and a external converter like let's say the Canupos ADVC 110?
#3 What is the difference between Mpeg2, Mpeg4, ect....will I need an encoder.
The only editing I ever have done was some Dazzle stuff 5 years ago, It was old but had nice interface. I'm looking for any input I can get here.