I am planning to start converting many VHS tapes to digital soon as well as edit existing HD camcorder recordings.
In a national computer store today it was suggested I would need to look for a computer with an Intel i7 processor to cope with the workload.
Is that good advice?
Even my old P4 has no problems with video editing. Ram amd Disc space are more important For your VHS stuff I'd put it on dvd first les hassle and no messsing about with format changes with not exactlty the best quality material
Certainly decent ammount of RAM, and reasonable, fast hard drive.
Multi-threaded processors may give a slight advantage, in terms of speed, but certainly not NECESSARY, with most software. If you are intending to use a specific editing software, always a good idea to check "system requirements", for "minimum" and "recommended". It then depends if you are planning a "remake of Star Wars"
It sounds your looking for a computer with i3 CPU with 6 ram at least.
I have i3 3.4ghz CPU in my mac, with originally 4gb ram (now 16gb)
It works like a charm, and gives me plenty of power that I need and that I can see you likely need.
The most power greedy video editing task I done which was really greedy lol was making a stop motion video out of about 1,500 pictures, and 4gb ram only just managed to cope, but the i3 done it perfectly well.
That retail person seems to be saying you want the more costly stuff because that's more money for them.
I would say that an i7 would be really nice to get if it's affordable in your budget, but honestly, that really isn't what you need.
I know that mac and windows are different, but I'm guessing that you don't really need much more/less than a mac user for the same needs.
I guess an i5 would be good to look at first before i3 because you do get more horse power for I guess not much more cost, but in my experience, an i3 is plenty for my needs as i3 is still a very powerful range of CPUs.
I walked out of one of those when I overheard an assistant tell a customer not to use AVG or Avast as they were full of viruses and malware. He then proceeded to sell them the most expensive alternative anti-virus suite there was in the shop.
I do quite a lot of HD processing from my Sony HD camcorder on a home made PC with an AMD quad core processor and 16Gb RAM. For me the slowest part of the whole procedure is after the editing when it is rendered into ISO format so that it can be burnt onto a disc.
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