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  • #1954
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    This summer I plan on making films but I need to get a camera(we have been making all our stuff at school). I will probably use an older computer I have for this.I dont have the specs on hand, but its probably a Pentium 2 running windows 95. Anyone here running an older system? What camera do you use? Odds are I will use a webcam but if I can find a digital picture cam cheap enough I will do that(though I dont know how that would work w/o a firewire). And if you are running an older system, what editing programs do you use? Up to this point I have been using pre-loaded Mac software.thanks for any help. look for our next film “The Apartment” early next week

    #1979
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    Be careful: USB support was introduced with Windows 95 SP2, and complete support started with Windows 98.

    So, most webcams need Windows 98 or above to function. Otherwise, recording won’t be a problem (provided the harddisk is large enough), but editing could get tedious.

    Stefan.

    #2005
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    Ahh. Ok thanks. Im going to look at the system today(its in storage)and i am hoping its 98

    #2006
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    *shudders*

    Or, like me, you could save up for a whole year and get a 1500 hundred dollar Dell Laptop, complete with Pentium 4 Processor and 60 gigabytes of harddisk space. 😛

    *I am eagerly awaiting my birthday for the money destined to arrive in the mail so I can get my ‘Dream Machine’*

    😉

    #2015
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    Dell computers are very bad and why is gigabytes special? BTW, 60 gigabytes is small, usual Xp’s hav 80. I have never heard of 60 gigabytes hard drive. It’s the ram and speed of the computer you want to be fast. For instance 512 Mb ram would be able to support CGI animation render to go faster, and you would want your computer speed to be around 1.4-2ghz for more advantages. Yolegoman, you would want to research more about computers before buying a $1500 computer, because right now, I don’t think you are too computer knowledgable.

    #2020
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    Dell computers are very bad

    Yeah, thats the spirit.

    Yolegoman your’s $1500 dollar system is too expensive.

    I’ve bought a P4 with 2.4 with all trandy discs and hardware for less $1200.

    #2024
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    “Kapaluchi Studios” wrote: Dell computers are very bad and why is gigabytes special?

    because brickfilming, or working with raw video files in general uses lots of HDD space, DUH, the bigger your HDD the happier you’ll be

    “Kapaluchi Studios” wrote: BTW, 60 gigabytes is small, usual Xp’s hav 80. I have never heard of 60 gigabytes hard drive.

    if you’ve never heard of a 60Gb HDD, I’d suggest it is YOU that needs to become “more computer knowledgable” … 60Gb HDD’s are as common as dirt…

    It’s the ram and speed of the computer you want to be fast. For instance 512 Mb ram would be able to support CGI animation render to go faster,

    and who said he was even THINKING about doing CGI?

    “T” wrote: Yolegoman your’s $1500 dollar system is too expensive.
    I’ve bought a P4 with 2.4 with all trandy discs and hardware for less $1200.

    – it’s a laptop Yolego is after, silly boy, not a desktop, THAT’S why it seems more expencive than your “less than $1200″ system, try reading the posts.

    back to the actual POINT of this thread… and old system will do fine, aslong as USB is availaible so you can use a webcam… you’ll just have to be paitent because working with video on a slow system (by todays standards) will be an excersize in using a “so I’ll just go off and make a pot of tea, or three, while I wait will I? mentality.

    #2025
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    A year?? you are greedy…… well it depends..well you know..

    #2054
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    I use an old system with xp and all the good goodies…it is awafully cooped up for its age…5 years old i think..
    Kindest Regards :)
    IndyA

    #2069
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    Ok guys, I just had a brand new laptop some weeks ago.
    I’ve paid for it 1500€, incl. the suitcase and the extended guarantee.
    It’s a HP 5200 serie, w/ PIV 2,4 GHz, 256 RAM, 40 HDD, ATI Radeon card, USB 1.1, Firewire, 15′ screen…
    It was a special discount in one of the biggest French store. Indeed, laptop are more expensive than desktop. But when it comes to brickfilming, a laptop changed my life (my shooting place is not at the same place as my studio), making it far more easy to achieve.
    I’m very happy with my laptop for the moment.
    Yolego, I think you can have a killer computer w/ $1500, better than mine because electronics are WAY cheaper in the US than in Europe.

    As said Bluntman, RAM and HDD are indispensable when it comes to filming, not only CGI but also post-prod (very CPU hungry) and even editing. And yes, 60GB are ultra common here in Europe, though they tend to be replaced by 80 or 120 GB nowadays.

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