Offline editing is something of a holdover from the early days of NLEs, where computer horsepower was insufficient to edit in full resolution. That problem has largely been solved with modern CPUs, making offline editing unnecessary.
Perhaps, but not in my case. I'm doing my editing on the following rig:
Alienware Area-51 m5790:
- Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 (2.16 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 4 MB L2)
- ATI Mobility Radeon X1900 (400 MHz Core / 470 MHz Memory, 256 MB, PCIe)
- 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR2-667
- Western Digital Scorpio Blue (320 GB 5400 RPM SATA)
- Western Digital Scorpio Blue (400 GB 5400 RPM SATA)
- Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
It's a laptop, and I'm taking HDV footage from a Canon HV20. It's not terrible at performance... but it's not as snappy as I'd like to see. Hence why I'd prefer to do editing with standard definition clips instead of the HD clips.
That's fabulous! Thank you.