This is my first post on this forum. About two months ago I bought a Sony HDR-AX2000 camera. Since that time I've been reading posts on this forum and others to try to figure out what kind of computer and editing software to buy. If any of you would be kind enough to answer some begineer questions I would appreciate it.
I'm experienced in still photography and have a good eye for taking pictures. But all of my photography experience has been with film cameras. I've wanted to get into HD video as a hobby for some time but I've been waiting and watching as the prosumer cameras got better and less expensive.
The last time I bought a computer was in about 2000. I have done some audio editing on that system using Cakewalk but that's about as close to video editing that I got.
I don't have any visions of becoming a professional editor on any level. I expect there will be a steep learning curve on the editing but I'm okay with that.
What would ruin me would be having to spend time debugging incompatibility issues, crashes, and so forth. I don't have the knowledge of computers that many of you do so that would be very frustrating for me. For the same reason, I don't think it would be wise for me to try to build my own system (although I can appreciate that it would be less expensive).
So here are my questions:
1. I've read a lot of posts about issues with CS6. The common thread seems to be running CS6 on the Mac. Are those of you who run CS6 on PCs having similar issues?
2. I had ADK spec out a PC-based system for me with Adobe Production Premier. I'd like your opinion on their recommended system:
Case Zalman - Z9 Mid-tower case. 3x 5.25, 6x 3.5, 1 2.5 drive bays.
Power Supply Top Power - Striker 850 - 850W, up to 94% efficiency, 5 year Warranty
Motherboard ADK - LGA1155X: Z77 3x 16X PCIe, 2PCIe 1x, 2 PCI, dual channnel DDR3 1600, no fir
Processor Intel - Core i7 IVB @ 4.5GHz or higher Quad 8 meg cache with HT
Cooling ADK - ADK Extreme silence CPU cooling. 17DB (sorry no pics)
Cooling 2 ADK - ADK Quiet Case fans (2) 8DB Noctua
Memory 16gig (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 LV Lifetime warranty.
Memory 2 None
Memory 3 Paragon Backup & Recovery 11 Suite with ADK recovery DVD.
Hard Drive 1 Western Digital - 1 TB Black 7200 rpm - Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s - 64 Meg Cache 5yr warranty
Hard Drive 2 Western Digital - 2TB Raid 0(2x 1TB 64Meg) 5 yr warranty
Hard Drive 3 Western Digital - 2TB Raid 0(2x 1TB 64Meg) 5 yr warranty
Hard Drive 4 None
Hard Drive 5 None
Extra Storage none
Video GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Lifetime warranty.
Video 2 None
CD/CD-RW/DVD Asus - BW-12B1ST Internal Blu-ray Writer
CD/CD-RW/DVD 2 USB 3.0 Flash Card Reader/Writer
Pro Audio None
NIC Included wired not wireless
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 7 Pro 64 bit OEM
Other Software NONE
Other Software 2 Adobe - Production Premium CS6 Win/Mac Full Version
Other Software 3 NONE
Monitor Asus - VE278Q 27" LED LCD Monitor - 1920 x 1080 - 16.7 Million Colors - 300 Nit -
Warranty 2 year parts and labor, onsite pickup, Lifetime tech support.
Video Editing Workstation
ADK-I7-DVC Price: $5,165.00
Description: Intel Sandy Bridge video editing workstation.
3. Can I work with AVCHD files from the Sony camera in Production Premier/ Premier Pro CS6? Are there any compatibility issues I sould be aware of?
4. For those of you that are using Premier Pro with Macs - is it possible to buy earlier versions (e.g. CS5.5) and would you recommend that if I decided to buy a Mac?