I am a father, teacher and tennis coach looking to edit videos shot in 1080p with my Canon DSLR. My goal is to be able to edit & enhance my family videos, make DVDs for my relatives, and create short videos (with limited AE) to puzzle my high school math students in new and interesting ways. Can I do this with the machine I have or am I in over my head?
HP Pavilion DV7 Laptop
Quad Core i7- 2630QM (2.0 ghz, Sandy Bridge)
16GB DDR3 1333 Ram
ATI Radeon 6770M 1GB GPU
3 x 7,200rpm HDs (Two internal 750GB, one 300GB on USB 3.0)
Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
17" 1600 x 900 Screen
I was hoping that CS6 would have Open CL support for my video card, but was disappointed to find out that it will only be for Mac owners. Assuming there will probably be no update to support AMD OpenCL in Windows, is it a waste of time for me to try and edit with Premeire Pro? I really don't want to use Vegas, and consumer video editing programs are such trash. Will I be able to do basic editing, or would the experience be too painful without a CUDA card?
Thanks for your time and input!
The problem, as you correctly identified it, is the AMD video card and since your source material is HD and your delivery is often DVD, there is a lot of scaling going on, which is one of the things that are accelerated when using a nVidia card with at least 1 GB VRAM. The rest of the specs are OK for your purposes. If you can find an ASUS or similar notebook with about the same specs as this HP, but with a nVidia card, you are in for a good notebook.
Thanks for the reply.... The problem is that I just bought the notebook (ATI card and all) a few months ago and I really can't afford to buy another machine for at least another year or so (especially if I drop $450 on the teachers edition of Production Premium). Is not having a NVIDIA card a complete deal breaker?
I would not call it a deal breaker, but if you had had the choice, it would have been the obvious one. Since that is not the case, just accept it and live with the longer export times. You don't have clients impatiently waiting for the end result, do you?
The only client I have is my wife, who wants DVDs to send to her relatives.
I can wait for longer exports. I was just concerned, after reading horor stories on the forum, that the program might choke up completely and not work at all without CUDA.
>shot in 1080p with my Canon DSLR
Do a test... shoot an hour in that, and create a DVD... making careful note of the exact time it takes to transcode and write the DVD
Then do the same in 1080i and compare times and DVD quality
I have a Canon Vixia that records in AVCHD and I always shoot in 1080i and get great quality DVD output
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