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Minimum CPU for DV capture?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Ricsta, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. Ricsta

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    I have a Pentium 2 on which I want to capture DV from my Sony Handycam. Will the P2 be able to handle the capture? :)
     
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    Hi Ricsta and welcome to the forum :hiya:

    Yes, a P2 processor is good enough for DV capture & editing but you may find that a lot of the editing software will not run on a P2 though.

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    Thanks Mark. I am using Sonic MyDVD. Do you know if that will work? Also, what HDD space do I need if I want to burn direct to DVD from the HandyCam?
     
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    I would say that it's not really the processor but the speed and size of the Hard drive. That's what leads to skipped frames :mad: etc.

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    If you want to burn direct to a DVD then you are well and truely out of luck as that does take a powerful processor. I use Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3 and that requires a P4 1.8Ghz (lucky as that's what I've got :D ) or AMD equivalent to do direct to disk transfer. You will need to capture the footage as an AVI file (4 minutes per Gb :eek: or approx 14Gb per hour) and then convert from there. That will be slow, but should work with a P2.
    To speed things up you should put as much memory as you can in the PC - 1Gb of DIMM RAM should cost under £50 so not too expensive. Also make sure you have around double the disk space required to capture the footage you want to put on to a DVD ie if captureing a 1 hour tape then you should have around 30Gb of free disk space. This sounds a lot, but with 160Gb+ HDDs available for wqell under £100 its not too bad.

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    OS Required
    Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP

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    Pentium III - 600 MHz

    Min RAM Size
    128 MB
     

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