Hi John, I would recommend Vegas Video 5 (http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/products/vegasfamily.asp) for the price it is a very good piece of software. If you are using a DV cam (most cameras under 4 years old *probably* have fire wire out) then you will need to make sure that there is some firewire port on the computer. (you can pick up cheap Firewire cards pretty cheaply now) You might find depending on the speed and cache of your hard disk, the amount of memory and the speed of the CPU, that recording and playback of source (captured) material is jerky, or near impossible. If you think this is going to be an issue, and it's jsut the disk, you could buy a SATA raid card and enough harddisks to go with the card. This will ensure that the disk speed will be fast enough to play back more than one stream at a time. I have an athlon 3200, with 1gig of ram and (4 x 120gb SATA disks) = 440gb hard disks (220 of which is in a raid) and a radion 9800 graphics card and this machine can capture stuff realtime and I can play the clips back without any dropped frames. On larger video projects if rendering PAL it can take some time, but if smaller resolutions (eg for web) it zips though within minutes or a few hours depending on how complex the scene is. I hope this helps Justin http://getafixx.com http://getafixxhosting.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "Brooking, John" <John.Brooking at sappi.com> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 2:15 PM Subject: [thelist] Advice on video editing Hi, all, Hope this isn't off-topic. (Video editing produces output that can be posted to websites, eh? ;-) ) My sister is interested in getting some video editing software for her husband for Christmas, and asked me for some advice because I "know about computers". Of course, I know nothing about video editing; I don't even own a camcorder. So I thought maybe some here might have some quick thoughts. The situation is that her husband owns a Sony Digital Handycam and a Dell 4600 Series, but he's not a video professional, so I'm assuming this will be mostly for home use. First, software. She's seen reviews for Pinnacle Studio 9, ULead VideoStudio 8, and Roxio Easy Media Creator 7. Anyone had experience with these, and can recommend them? Or any other recommendations? Also, neither of us are certain about connection the camera to the PC. I did a little reading on "Firewire", which my sister saw referenced somewhere, and also on MemoryStick technology, which Sony mentions on its product description for the camera. Are either/both of these technologies involved in interfacing the camera and the PC? Probably the PC doesn't have an interface for either of them already, so I'm assuming that a card of some sort will have to be bought for whatever technology the camera requires? Thanks for any advice. - John -- This message may contain information which is private, privileged or confidential and is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity named in the message. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender thereof and destroy / delete the message. Neither the sender nor Sappi Limited (including its subsidiaries and associated companies) shall incur any liability resulting directly or indirectly from accessing any of the attached files which may contain a virus or the like. -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !