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HD Video Editing Software for Windows XP

I currently am running Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 8200, P4 2.4 Ghz with 1GB of ram and either 256 or 512 MB of video ram.

Can someone recommend video editing software to handle my family videos? I will be recording them in HD on a Canon HV20. Will my computer hardware be able to handle it, or will I need a more powerful system? I am thinking of building a new Windows based computer, with an Intel Core Dou, etc... or I may buy an iMac. Is video editing on a PC a viable option, or is editing on a Mac using iMovie worlds better?

Thank you in advance,

Hawk

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Video editing on a PC or Mac

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is about the same. The current version of iMovie (part of iLife'08) has been getting poor marks (too many of the controls prior to the current version were removed - enough complaints caused Apple to provide iMovie 6 as a free download. And iMovie 6 is pretty good for bundled software.

In either case, you get what you pay for - and that is not just $. There will be an investment in time (learning curve) whichever route you go.

I have both Windows XP and Macintosh machines in my house. I do ALL my editing on my Macs using iMovie or FinalCut Pro (Studio).

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Sony Vegas is the software of choice on the PC.

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It handles HDV video, but your computer is probably not powerful enough to do the job. A dual core with 2 gigs of memory is a minimum recommendation. Video ram is not a consideration, but large, fast hard drives are also recommended.

Premier Pro is another choice on a PC.

Both Sony and Adobe have light versions of their programs which may handle high def.

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Power Director

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The 'top 10' in that list are all distinctly second tier

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products. These kinds of lists limit themselves to low priced, budget software. Referring to them as 'best' should be done with tongue in cheek.

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HD Video Editing Software for Windows XP

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I have the same questions. Glenn_Rhodes@comcast.net if you want to share what you have learned.

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If you post your email in the clear, you will get spammed.

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