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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations - Video Editing For Dummies

Since I know some of you work in this world and others are serious hobbyists, I seek your help.

My work wants to do some very simple video and we're looking for hardware/software recommendations.

We're in online advertising and looking to do a mix of informative/industry videos (see Matt Cutts) and fun little home movie things (capturing company events, etc). The informative stuff will be high production value but still very low tech, if that makes sense. Watch the sample video and you'll see. The fun stuff will be very low production value, probably someone with an iphone doing video of us kayaking or whatever.

So assume we have a camera, lighting, etc, etc. Everything needed to capture this stuff on "film." What we NEED is a way to edit and get it online (mostly Youtube). We want a dedicated workstation for media production.

Just trying to weigh some pros/cons. Nobody here has real knowledge of video editing. Seems the easiest route is to get an iMac and do everything in iMovie. However, I know macs are low horsepower for the money and am worried that rendering HD video may prove slow/painful. Please confirm or deny.

The other route is to buy a much more powerful and much less expensive PC to dedicate to this job. However, we'd need some software that could handle the rudimentary editing we're after without adding too much time via complexity.

If our computer/software budget is <$1200, what's the route that will cause the least headaches?

Remember, nobody here has any background doing this and we don't have anyone dedicated to just doing video work. It's a side project for now.
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I have been editing for years on pc's, both bought, and ones I built. Very high-end HD video production stuff, and compared to the mac, the pc's were a real pain to use. After years of pc I switched to mac 2 years ago and haven't been happier. I use imovie for a lot of my editing, mainly for non-client work and I absolutely love it. I would use it for clients but there is no option for multi cam editing, which I need for larger shoots. Not sure what you mean by low horsepower macs, I have never had any issues. A mac with a lower processor and less ram has handled more for me than a pc twice as fast. If you're going to be doing this on a regular basis I would recommend a mac, it's easier, faster and better. With pc, there will be a bunch of extra software to buy for editing, burning dvds, etc. Then you have to figure out what to get and how it works together with the other stuff. I just spent a 4 month nightmare with a friend of a friend...he wanted to get into video and was calling me all the time! He was getting crazy errors and weirdo stuff that just didn't make sense to me. If you only need this one video done I would just find someone who does editing and have them do it, as it can get complicated quickly, as with anything, especially once you run into encoding rates and compressions when putting your final video to DVD.

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