HV20 (hdv) on a G4 ?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by eyelight, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. eyelight macrumors member

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    I'm seriously thinking of buying a HV20, but have just learned that I may not be able to cut hdv footage on my G4 1.5 Ghz Powerbook. Still has the 512Mb of RAM.

    Is this correct ? Or is it possible, just slow.

    If I buy the camera, there won't be much cash for computer upgrades for a while. Maybe memory upgrade if that would help.

    Would be using iMovie 6, and maybe FCE later in the year.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Alican macrumors regular

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    I should imagine it'll be very slow for capturing, rendering any effects and transcoding back to HDV (for export back to tape).
     
  3. eyelight thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply.

    If I upgrade my RAM to 1 GB or more, will that help much, or am I better off saving the cash for a new iMac ?

    Thanks
     
  4. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Consider 1.5 or 2GBs RAM pretty much minimum. Video encoding though is entirely CPU dependant so RAM is going to have next to no effect unless you have an extremely small amount of it.
     
  5. twocargar macrumors newbie

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    Re: HV20 on a G4

    I agree. My 1.25GHz PowerBook is too slow for me to edit HDV from my HV20. Luckily I have a dual 2GHz G5 for my editing. Rendering HDV FinalCut footage on my PowerBook was just too painful. Rendering standard def is slow but tolerable.

    Keep in mind iMovie or FinalCut Express don't support the HV20's Cinema Mode (24 frames/sec.).

    -TCG
     
  6. eyelight thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks,

    But will they support the 25P of the PAL camera ?
    I'm in Europe.
     
  7. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Yes.
     

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