OK I am going to bite the bullet and buy a Sony TRV17 miniDV
camcorder, and I am looking at the kinds of things I will need to
actually put the data to PC.
I have Windows 98. From what I have heard, I am probably going to have
to upgrade to 98SE or later, for the firewire support. I still use the
original Windows 98 first edition upgrade I’ve had forever. I would
upgrade to windows 2000 or ME but I am not sure if they are really
what I want. I am avoiding XP for 2 reasons: one, I have heard some
firewire stuff doesnt work across the board with it; two, I resent the
fact that XP sends all kinds of information to microsoft and that I
have to go through them if I reinstall too often or to enable the key.
I re-fdisk and re-format my hard drive every 2 months as a matter of
principle (and habit). So, looks like I’ll go 98SE. Do you recommend
My next hurdle is the PC itself. I have a p2-450 with 128 MB of ram,
but with good components since I have recently upgraded video,
cdburners, hard drives, etc. Is it even REMOTELY possible to do some
minimal editing on such a PC? Honestly, at first, I just want to suck
the data over to my IDE hard drive from the camcorder and make some
unedited (just cropped) unicycle footage of me and a friend. Can I
even squeak by for a few months on a PC? Or is it impossible?
Finally, at least until I get a new PC and figure out what all I
want/need on the hardware and firewire and performance side, I will be
needing a pci to firewire card. Any recommendations? I was looking at
an adaptec product, dvpics plus I think, because it comes with a pci
card, I trust adaptec, and it comes with some video editing software.
However, if I wanted to just buy one of them maxtor 50 dollar cards
and if the sony software that comes with the camcorder is OK, would
Later down the line, say 2-6 months, I may also upgrade my PC after I
get a few paychecks under the belt. Any recommendations for a modest
hardware upgrade and components/motherboards/devices that will serve
me well for doing more advanced video editing in the future?