Calling all PC users!!!!!
Posted: Sun, 26th May 2002, 12:20am
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Guys (I don't recall any ladies here yet...excuse me if I've blundered),
I've got some surplus "tax" cash to jet on another new system (just bought a G4). I'm thinking about purchasing a PC but I haven't been following the development and state of ALAMDV 2 on Windows as of recent. I'm looking for your general opinions and experiences with the program on Windows XP or 2000 Professional. How does it handle? Is it stable? Do you have problems with it (2.0.9)?
Please be as specific as you can about bugs, file compatibility and anything you've encountered with plugin loading. I'd really like to know ASAP!
It would be really helpful if this didn't turn into a MC vs. PC fight. I'm only after information on the current state of ALAMDV 2 on Windows, not which system is better. Schwar, you're obviously the man, so please jump in on this one.
Any help you all can offer would be appreciated guys. Cheers.
Posted: Sun, 26th May 2002, 12:21am
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Thanks for the "icon" update!!!!
Posted: Sun, 26th May 2002, 3:02am
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if u r going for a pc then look at the sony vaio's line if its too $$$$.
then get a compaq presario laptop p4 1.4 ghz 128mb ram(can be increased) dvd or cdrw drive firewire and loads of goodies including the full copy of studio 7 with those cool hollywood FX plugins.
if this is also tooo $$$$$
Get it assambled
get a p4 a big blob of ram, nice video card, dv in, 4 on board usb ports,
17' monitor, win 2000 pro (very stable OS) cdrw drive, good sound card and speakers, floppy disk drive and all that u want
i have use 2000 pro it is very stable OS for all the programs
MAX 4 runs most properlyon this OS. dont get XP! it crashes tooo much but its ur choice. ON win2000 pro alamdv runs like a horse no crashes at all. get xp for internet and downloading.
WELCOME TO THE PC WORLD (i am not saying that mac's suck they r really cool too but i like my pc and notebook)
Posted: Sun, 26th May 2002, 4:07am
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I've got 2000 professional, it its great. Works wiht all the programs ive tried lately,works pretty good.
Get it as fast as you can, and mucho ram etc etc
I havtn used XP, but it looks like a pain, cuz i heard you have to send microsoft a serial # like everyervy moth or week or soemthing to stop from pirated copies or soemthing, i dunno
Posted: Sun, 26th May 2002, 5:33am
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Neo I have a Fujitsu Lifebook. Pentium 3 with 1.2GHz processor. 40GB HDD and running Windows XP Pro. 256MB Ram - sufficient for my AlamDV and 3DS Max needs. KermZ
Posted: Sun, 26th May 2002, 3:57pm
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Thanks guys, I appreciate this a lot. My only concern is the OS. I've used 2000 Pro. before and find it to be totally stable (like NT). Although I like the "look" and feel of XP Pro as well (more like OSX thena 2000).
I've heard XP is problematic when it comes to the software install issue which obviously I'm not happy about (I'm not about to start "paying" for stufff unecessarily because Big Bill thinks I should). Kermz, what's your word on this? PM me if you're not comfortable talking about this here, but I don't want to make a silly mistake.
Here is the system I'm having built guys. Let me know what you think. Cheers again for all your help!
• Intel Pentium 4 2.0 ghz Processor
• 512MB Memory
• 80GB Hard Drive
• 24x10x40 CDRW Drive
• 16xDVD Drive
• 64MB Geforce3 AGP Video Card
• 104 Key Standard Keyboard Compatible with the system
• MS System Compatible Mouse
• Midsize Tower with Power Supply
• Soundblaster Quantum Soundcard
• 10/100baseT NIC
• IEEE1394 Firewire Capture Port
• Microsoft Windows XP Pro Edition
Posted: Sun, 26th May 2002, 4:09pm
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I program and run AlamDV2 on Win200 Pro. I've used it on XP and it was fine but I find 2000 better overall - and who can live with that ugly child like attempt at a GUI in XP. MacOSX on a Mac, Windows 2000 Pro on the PC. Thats how I like it.
Nice specs on the system - I tend to use Athlons as they are cheaper and then I can get GeForce3 Ti500's and GeForce4 Ti4600 (that one comes later this month).
Posted: Sun, 26th May 2002, 5:03pm
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I use XP on my main machine. As far as Windows OS goes I've found it the most stable and easy to use version yet. I actually prefer the "ugly child like attempt at a GUI" to the boring old grey stuff
. Only managed to bluescreen it once, but that was by pulling the parallel port printer out whilst it was going
It a long way off what I like to see in a desktop environment, but its the best thing ive used so far. Personally I hope someone designs something different over the outdated WIMP system, but you've gotta make do with whats well supported really
I hear lots of horror stories about hardware incompatibility. But I personally found all the obscure hardware in my laptop was supported out of the box (even stuff that didn't used to work). So I guess thats the luck of the draw.
As for AlamDV; Ive had no problems running under XP and Im sure it runs faster than under 98.
Dont ask me about hardware, Ive yet to break the 500MHz barrier
Posted: Mon, 27th May 2002, 2:32pm
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I agree about the GUI Malone. I love it (but it's definetly not OSX Schwar, you're right on the money there
I put in the order today so I'm picking it up tomorrow. I'm going with XP Pro for now, but I own a copy of 2000 Pro so if I get any monkey business I'll just give XP the heave ho!
The only part I'm not happy about is "ferrying" clips back to my MAC to edit in FCP3. I have formal training on Premiere 6, but once you go Final Cut, it's hard to go back.........I've got AVID as well, but I've never used it....I guess I could use that......but I love my new MAC!
Thanks for all your help guys- you made this really easy.
Posted: Mon, 29th Jul 2002, 4:18am
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Once again, the AlamDV Community has come through to assist one of its mebers in vital need. Your companionship should stand as model for all web based forums.
Posted: Sat, 3rd Aug 2002, 4:20pm
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Sorry if this is a little late, but I just built a killer machine for my high schools video editing class. I do have to say that this is by far the coolest thing I have ever done. I was given a 4k budget.....here is what I came up with
1: duel 2 ghz zeon processors
2: 1.5 gig of ram
3: Canopus DV Rex probundle pack
4: 100 gigs of scsi harddrives
5: primiere 6
6: Canopus Spectra X21 Video Card
7: Job Shuttle
8: MSI motherboard
9: DVD burner
10: And some other stuff.
ANyways this machine smokes. I have never been on anything that is so smooth. Plus I love the real time editing......NO RENDERING WOOHOOO
Posted: Sat, 3rd Aug 2002, 5:00pm
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Woah! Riese's setup is a monster alright! Could do with a few more hundred gigs of HDD space though
Posted: Sat, 3rd Aug 2002, 5:48pm
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Sorry......100 gig.........and yet I want more....more....more I tell you......moooowwwooooohhhhaaaaahhaaaa
Posted: Sun, 4th Aug 2002, 12:37am
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Sweetness! I want one! I can give you a 0k budget, and then we shall see what you come up with
(xeon, not zeon)
Posted: Sun, 4th Aug 2002, 7:23pm
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I thought you were an Mac guy
. Anyways you are right.......it is xeon. I think I might have had a few to many that day when I put that post up...to many mistakes.
Posted: Mon, 5th Aug 2002, 1:51am
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I'm a mac guy, but I enjoy PC's also. The system is awesome, it's just the operating system I'm not crazy about. Maybe Apple will port OS X to Intel! Maybe...
Posted: Mon, 5th Aug 2002, 2:43am
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Or maybe.....Microsoft will do what they said they were going to do and stop putting out a new OS every year, and work on security and stability....but hey we can all dream...........Call me selfish....
DO you want the specs on that PC....I have it somewhere around my room at school
Posted: Sat, 17th Aug 2002, 3:09am
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AlamDV2.1.1 on WinXP, MSI GeForce 4 TI 4600, 512MB Ram, and it works perfectly!