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posted on September 01, 2010 10:35
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Choosing a correct computer for video editing Pinnacle Studio...
UPDATED 1st September 2010: my configuration, the choice, why ?...
In May 2010, I started looking for a good engine to do my video editing in HD. It takes time to select all the components and make sure everything is compatible. Also, you need a good dose of patience, read read and read forums and listen to the advice of each other (I am grateful for their advice: Gilles, gégé85, Guignol Film, cyborgjeff). Note that there is no "best configuration for video, there are only configurations tailored to individual needs. I will try below to inform you of my efforts so that you can also find a PC to suit you to do video editing with Pinnacle Studio. This configuration is valid for the period August to November 2010, it will soon be obsolete, but of course you can still try to redo the route described here to find the right machine.
I think I found the correct configuration to continue to do any video editing for the next few years (4-5 years at best, at worst 2-3 years?). But beware, there is no point taking a huge processor if you do not have the correct motherboard / memory / graphics card ... This is all that is important!
- The Processor is the first step. AMD or Intel? At present, we must acknowledge that AMD has fallen behind, we therefore turn to Intel. This will be an Intel i7, 900 or 800 series. The 860 or 930 are similar (one in 1155 and another in 1366), a little more low end than the 870 or 960 which I hesitated between (about 300$ difference between the 870 and 960). We will not discuss the new six-core (980) far too expensive at the moment (but certainly efficient!). Beware, the frequency is not the only thing to compare, you may be surprised! The latest tests, an input gamma (920) provides 20% speed increase in rendering compared to a Core 2 Duo that I have now. Below is an overview of the excellent comparison made by Hardware.fr 146 processors (March 25, 2010), comparison processors for video (Avidemux)
It's decided, it will be a ...
Intel Quad Core i7-960 3.2 GHz [LGA1366 - 8MB - QPI 4800 MT / s]
To save 300$, I recommend the 870 instead of 930 as you can see above, it will be more efficient (H264 encoding test with Avidemux).
- Motherboard: everyone is in his arguments, ideas, his desire, so I will not deal on that. MSI, Gigabyte or ASUS for me are three good choices. I personally had 2 MSI and 1 GIGABYTE. As I have already had problems (minor) with MSI and GIGABYTE, and a friend has always been satisfied by ASUS, ASUS will be my choice... Which card, big question?If you are decided on a i7 800 Series, this will be a socket 1155. If you opted for the 900 series will be the socket 1366. We already have a somewhat restricted choice. Then we look at the price, and features present on the motherboard. In general, they all have onboard sound (if you're not a fan of games, it will be quite sufficient). Then look at the number of outputs (USB), if the future standard USB 3.0 is present (almost as fast as e-SATA), how many PCIe, PCI, SATA, etc. are present. If you were hesitating between GIGABYTE and ASUS, Gigabyte GA-UD3R or ASUS X58A-E-P6X58D (or Premium) are good choices. In view of the various forums traveled (including a thread that helped me), I opted for
ASUS P6X58D-E (Intel X58 / ICH10R - Socket 1366 - FSB 6400) (link ASUS)
Sound 7.1 / PCIe (4x) and PCI (2x) / Lan 1Gb / FW400 / USB 2.0 (8x) and USB 3.0 (2x) / RAID / SATA600 (2x @ 6Gb / s) / SATAII (@ 6x 3Gb / s) / DDR3 1600 / 6 DIMM RAM (24 GB) / Realtek ALC889 8-Channel ® High Definition Audio CODEC DTS / Coaxial / Optical S / PDIF out ports at back I / O / 2 x 1394a
The bench test conducted by many fans (in Canada) shows that the combination is successful, it is one of the best time (you will see the small dot representing the config that is on top of its class, the considered column - ASUS P6XD58 E-960 and i7):
- Memory: Easy, if you're DDR3 (three channel), you will opt for three times the same barrette (you might as well with the right frequency). I advise you recognized brands, and may as well have the strips that have been tested and made to work together (in the case of "Triple X" CORSAIR example). Optionally, KINGSTON, CORSAIR, CRUCIAL, OCZ, ... Finally, 6 GB should be enough to start, or even 12 GB. If you have a 32-bit OS, limit yourself to 3.2 GB (otherwise the rest will not run!). Check that the memory card manages your memory and allow you to plug in the number of strips wanted ... On my side, it will be:
12GB DDR3 2x[3x2GB] DDR1333 (PC3-10666) - CORSAIR TR3X [TR3X6G1333C9]
- Fan: your processor is usually provided with a fan, but if you do not want to be a fighter in the housing (in terms of noise), use a fan NOCTUA NH-U12P SE2 well recognized.
- Case: Hard choice... It has everything for everyone, of all colors. Make sure the size (do not do like me back at home with a box too high to fit into the niche to which it is dedicated), the number of disks you can insert, if it says Silent or not (with their pros and cons, because as it is isolated, it heats up more easily), so you can insert front USB ports, an e-SATA (handy if the card you have chosen like mine, has no e-SATA by default, it allows you to connect to the SATA motherboard and have an e-SATA standard!), the number of fans in the box (proper cooling is important, focus on the fan with large propellers, 120mm if possible), location of power supply separate hard drives, ... Choosing a box! As for me, it's an Antec P183 Black, which allows me to have a front eSATA and two USB ports (and a multi-card reader that will connect the USB port on left).
- Hard Drives: Either a fast disk VELOCIRAPTOR at 10,000 or a RAID0 (2 discs miroring) or ... why not SSD? Prices have fallen, and the gains in performance are huge! Judge for yourself, the loading of Windows is divided by 2 from a VelociRaptor with a SSD, whereas the loading of Windows and applications, even higher, divided by 3.5x. This is important, please choose a good model, as CRUCIAL 2.5 "128 GB C300 (CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1). You will see it is the most powerful in its class. Then, for video, it will be 2 x 1TB in RAID 0 (1.0 TB SATA600 7200 RPM WD Caviar Black (64MB) [WD1002FAEX]. Finally, the data is on a SATA 320 GB Western Digital Caviar SE (16 MB ) WDC WD3200KS-00PFBO 7200 rpm while the backup is performed on a 500 GB Seagate NL35 SATA (16 MB). An additional disk is inserted in a removable rack (HDD swapping) for long term backup (storage outside home for fire risk).
- Graphics card: If you're not a gamer, no need to type in high-end cards, and unnecessary to make a phenomenal memory if you do not have the appropriate GPU. Basically, choose ATI for Pinnacle Studio (avoid NVIDIA). A 5770 processor will be quite sufficient. Check the number of ports for the future (possibly the display port if you intend to upgrade your PC). From our side, it will be:
HD-5770-XFX PCIe ZNFA (Radeon HD5770 1024MB DDR5 2xDVI HDMI Display Port)
- Power Supply: A short check with Antec for the calculation, and you choose a great name (ANTEC, or CORSAIR ENERMAX). We will opt for ENERMAX 700W Modu87+ (Gold series = efficiency / performance).
- OS: Windows 7 64 bit of course! ...
Quad Processor Intel Core i7-960 3.2 GHz [LGA1366 - 8MB - QPI 4800 MT / s]
Fan NOCTUA NH-U12P SE2
Motherboard ASUS P6X58D-E (Intel X58 / ICH10R - Socket 1366 - FSB 6400)
12GB DDR3 Memory 2x[3x2GB] DDR1333 (PC3-10666) - CORSAIR TR3X [TR3X6G1333C9]
XFX Graphics Card HD 5770 PCIe-ZNFA (Radeon HD5770 1024MB DDR5 2xDVI HDMI Display Port)
CRUCIAL SSD 2.5 "128 GB C300 (CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1).
Video 2 x 1TB in RAID 0 (1.0 TB SATA600 7200 RPM WD Caviar Black (64MB) [WD1002FAEX].
Data SATAII 320 GB Western Digital Caviar SE (16 MB) WDC WD3200KS-Backup 00PFBO 7200 rpm SATA 500 GB Seagate NL35 (16 MB)
Antec P183 Black Case
Supply ENERMAX 700W + Modu87
64 bit Windows 7 OS
LAST MINUTE ! I just received the computer yesterday, I will install everything rather soon... Stay tuned...
Choosing a camcorder ...
As for the camcorder, I have one little hesitation for Pana TM700 ... It does not please me (handling feeling), compared to the Sony CX-550 ... It has a lamentable and poor viewer (very poor picture quality), an LCD smaller than the Sony, it's really plastic gadget. Sniffffffffff
As for Sony, it does not have a ring (a handy jog dial), no zebra, an OIS much less efficient than the Panasonic!
In short, I am very mixed for the moment, I wonder if I'm not going to wait a bit! At Christmas we will be in the new AVCHD? ...
Previous article published on 13 May 2010
New camcorder, new computer...
Yep, that's it, it's decided! Yours truly DV will follow the footsteps of many of you who already migrated to full HD years ago !....
So I decided to start the process of searching for HD camcorder, computer, player and TV. For TV, I think I'll keep the LCD recently acquired, I will discuss this topic soon. Currently I'm trying to find the correct computer / camcorder.
So if you're interested, I will inform you regularly of the strategic choices, why and how. On your side, do not hesitate to give me your thoughts, your ideas in comments below. You have a recent configuration ? You want to talk or share ideas, please do so! It's always more then welcome to discuss this complex subject, and I am very far from being an expert in the field. You know that I will also publish other kind of information on Twitter, you'll have all details or other information.
Camcorder: this one will be a Full HD, if possible with manual adjustment ring, and why not display the zebra that I appreciated so much on my previous Panasonic NV-GS400. For the storage, hard drive or memory card, what is your opinion? What do you own? Disadvantage/advantage? The menu is of course important, the flash is rarely used for pictures, so we can ignore it. A separate charger would be more than welcome. On your side, what was considered for buying yours ? The price? The little extra gadget ?
PC side: of course it will be an Intel i7, 900 or 800 series (860 or 930 or so 870 or 960?). The latest tests, with basic processor 920 provides ~20% speed increase in rendering compared to a Core 2 Duo that I own.
Memory: 6 GB is enough?
For the system disk, I am in favor of a Crucial SSD C300 120GB (SATA 6Go unlike "classic" 3 Go). Or a WD VelociRaptor (10,000 rpm). For video disks, RAID 0 is necessary ?
For the OS, it will be of course Windows 7, but should I opt for 64-bit version? (Watch out for drivers, I know). I think it's probably necessary.
Motherboard: ASUS (1366 or 1156 depending on the processor), if possible with management of the V3 USB (10 times faster than USB 2) but without the G series that include video on the motherboard.
For the graphics card, ATI is preferred to Nvidia (am I wrong?), with chip H.264 or VC1 decoder (UVD or PureVideo). The memory of the graphics card has little importance, its influence on performance for video editing is quite null. Passive or active cooling, what are the opinions? Of course, I will consult our tutorial regarding graphic card !
That's my today thoughts, we will see in the next issue, according to the opinions and comments ....