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Today many novice want to venture into the land of digital video and why not, the hardware is reasonably priced. Digital cameras are priced low enough for almost everyone to own one. Also in the last two years both Apple and Sony have been offering computers with inputs and software for digital processing. These days Dell and other name brand computers are offering digital processing on their high end computers.
Computers today are by far cheaper than
they were yesterday. There faster as well and that is one thing
in favor for you today. A real hindrance of older computers was
the time that it took to have the computer calculate the final
move also known as rendering. If you can afford a 700 MHz
Eight MB of video ram is just scraping the bottom of the barrel but many of the laptops com with that and upgrading them is not an option. However in a tower look for 16MB or more especially if your looking for a larger monitor. A specialized graphics card will rewrite the image on you monitor saving you on waiting time. The more memory the faster the refresher rate of on the monitor and the larger the monitor you can use as well.
There are a few ways to go with hard drives. You could do with a single large 20 GB dive and partition it so that part of it would hold software and the rest for the move. It is likely though that the computer would come with a hard drive between 6 GB and up which would be used for software and operating system. A second hard drive of either SCSI or FireWire would be for down loading move data. With this in mind it would be easier later to defrag which you need to do often. This second dive is best to be the largest size that you can afford like a 45 GB Firewire Hard Drive. The larger the drive the more able you are for downloading the complete project rather than working on portions at a time.
Once the project is complete saving the final to a 1GB or 2 GB Jazz cartridge makes sense. If you want to return to this project at a later day to do some refining than the Jazz drive works well. If you want to have a final record of your creation than burning to a CD-R is even better. If the project is beyond the capacity of a CD than look to wards a DVD writer to store your final project
So in review this is what you should
look for in a DV computer.
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