I've got a dual core 2.0 GHz G5 that I'm trying to find a use for. It's in perfect shape cosmetically with the original box so I hate to sell it for the little G5s go for now. It's got 4GB of RAM (2x 2GB ECC) and a flashed Quadro FX4500. It cost me about $150 after adding the Quadro. I know G5s used to be used for HD video work. Lets assume I have a source of HD video (I assume MPEG2 or MPEG4 compressed) that I can get to output at 1080p via component. I can't just transfer the files. Length would be 1-2 hours with editing just being cutting out sections. The output could be captured uncompressed using an Aja or Blackmagic card which can be had pretty cheaply these days. But a RAID is needed to get the disk write speed needed. Whats out there that is not totally ridiculous compared to the price of the G5? Video will need to be compressed but obviously not using the G5! I'm thinking Handbrake over a gigabit network using a PC that doesn't have PCIe slots or disks that will handle an HD capture card. I suppose there are PC USB capture boxes out there that will do hardware MPEG4 encoding but this is somewhat of an exercise in thinking of how it might be done with a G5.