Power Mac G4 or HP DV6000 for video?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lucas in Alaska, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. Lucas in Alaska macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008

    I'm looking for a little wisdom on what computer I should use. I know I am on a Mac forum but I do trust you to all be somewhat impartial. Hmmmm maybe I should rethink that.:)

    I am looking at putting all of my home videos onto dvd in the near future. I have 50-70 VHS-C tapes and about the same number of DVC. My camcorder is a Sony TVR 30 with 4 pin firewire so I should have no problem converting into a firewire 400 port. As for the VHS-C tapes I plan on running my VHS player through my camcorder and into the computer

    My wife has a HP Pavilion DV6000 laptop computer with an AMD 64 X2 TL-56 processor. The HP has a 4 pin firewire port so connecting will not be a problem. If I go with this route I will use Adobe Primiere Elements 4.0

    I'm looking at buying a Used Power Mag G4 1.25 DP with a 15" ACD studio display for video editing. I would use ilive 08, it comes with the computer.

    Would it be wiser for me to just use the HP for the video editing or should I shell out another $500 for the mac? I'm looking for a quality movie, simplicity in use and a nice clean finished product. (isn't this what everyone wants)

    What are the reason and advantages of your suggestion.

    Yes I do want a Mac but money is very tight right now (laptop was a gift) and I'm just looking for the best way to get everything to dvd.

    Thank you very much

    Sitka, Alaska
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Stick with the dual core AMD laptop and save up for a brand new or refurbished one down the road.
  3. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    You're going to want to go with the HP. When dealing with video, CPU/memory are your key components. You can do the same type of things with Vista's movie maker/dvd maker as you can with iMovie.
  4. Lucas in Alaska thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. I was hoping to get myself a Mac but it is not to be YET:D:D

    Airforce, Should I use the Vista Movie maker or the Adobe Primiere Elements 4.0.

    I'm also thinking of getting an external hard drive for the laptop to be able to put all the video files on the keep the HD in the laptop as free as possible.

    Thanks again
  5. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    The movie maker is pretty simplistic and the dvd maker has a lot of good designs. Worth checking out. Simple enough to use, too :)
  6. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Use Adobe they are the king of media creation their software is easy to use and quite powerful.
  7. Wilson1984 macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2007
    I think these guys are right to tell you to hold off on the G4 for something newer. However, I really think iMovie 08 is the most user friendly option. Its easy to use, but still has a fair amount of features.

    If you are in a rush to digitize your VHS tapes, perhaps you can get started now bringing them in to a format that you can edit later on a mac. Maybe just pick up a external HD, back up the pc , and store the video you create on there as well, as you will prob need the space.

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