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May 1, 2003 at 1:51 am #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

May 1, 2003 at 8:48 am #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.

May 1, 2003 at 5:23 pm #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

May 1, 2003 at 5:39 pm #2006
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Yolegoman

*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. :P

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

;)

May 1, 2003 at 9:31 pm #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.

May 1, 2003 at 10:37 pm #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.

May 1, 2003 at 11:12 pm #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.

May 1, 2003 at 11:12 pm #2025
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IndyA

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

May 2, 2003 at 1:19 am #2038
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Kapaluchi Studios

Bluntman, 60 gigabytes harddrive is not as comman as dirt in the US; 80 giga bytes harddrive is almost a mininum size. I mentioned CGI because CGI animation is the only problem many people have who use computers with low speed and ram; I hope you know it was just an example.

Here is a link you would like to see
http://www.bestbuy.com/ComputersPeripherals/Desktops/ViewSelection.asp?m=488&cat=490&scat=491

This is a link from Bestbuy.com. Are you familiar with bestbuy?

May 2, 2003 at 3:07 am #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

May 2, 2003 at 8:34 am #2069
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LowweeK

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.

May 2, 2003 at 8:53 am #2070
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Kapaluchi, please stop it. You have no idea what you’re talking about. We’ve had enough trolls in our forums; we don’t need another one.

EDIT: Also, Yolego, I would suggest you get a Vaio instead of a Dell. Dell’s are the best for consumer desktops (though they’re still not as good as a custom made rig), but unless you’re mainly interested in the great warranty, Vaio’s are much better laptops. But if I couldn’t convince you with the Pentium/Athlon discussion, I doubt I will now…

Cometgreen, who has both a desktop and a laptop :P

May 2, 2003 at 1:03 pm #2077
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Yolegoman

Okay. I want this discussion about my laptop to end right now. Lets go back on topic people. I really don’t care about your opinion. If I did, I would have asked. :P

And thanks for saving me the trouble of typing up a big long arguement, Bluntman. I appreciate it. ;)

May 2, 2003 at 6:49 pm #2085
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unfoldingmetal

60 gigabytes is small

I have uhhh…. 6 gigs…. :( lol

May 2, 2003 at 7:05 pm #2091
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- 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.

Holy Blunt, I’ve read the post, but even $1500 to much for a laptop.

60 gigs, 80 gigs or 6 gigs.
Capacity is not everything. A fast Hd with enough cache thats the thing.

Todays standart in Europe is something as a 80gigs @ 5600prm so this means a waste of your money.
Custom build systems without Os are the best.
But that’s for desktop.

Well Laptops have today a standard 60 gig at 5600 so again a waste of you money.

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