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How new is your computer?

When did you get your computer?

200910%[ 16 ]
200835%[ 55 ]
200723%[ 36 ]
20068%[ 12 ]
20058%[ 13 ]
2004 or earlier17%[ 27 ]

Total Votes : 159

Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 10:38am

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Simon K Jones

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We're doing some research that'll help towards the development of our next generation of video products and would like you to tell us about your current editing system using the poll above.

If you have more than one computer, please make sure you vote for the most powerful machine that you use for your editing - in other words, the computer on which you install FXhome products.

Please also post some details of your computer in the comments if you have time. Thanks!

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Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 2:42pm

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Bolbi

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I got my iMac about just over 1 year ago, and it seems amazingly fast to run Final Cut Pro and the works, but unfortunately it only came with 1 gig of RAM. When I try to run my FXHome product, my computer slows down considerably, I am only able to open and run Effectslab at one time. Hopefully an increase in RAM will help with this problem.
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 2:48pm

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Joshua Davies

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If anyone is voting "2004 or earlier" for their main editing machine please feel free to leave some information on your specification (i.e. CPU and graphics card).
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 3:24pm

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No Respite Productions

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Computer was originally bought in 2006 and had the following (which at the time weren't half bad).

COMPAQ PRESARIO
512mb RAM
160 GB hard drive
Windows XP
AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+ 1.99 GHZ

Since then I've upgraded to 3GB RAM and stuck a 500GB external HDD on the end.

Bolbi - I found the same thing as you mate, with 1GB RAM... effectslab would work but it was a little sluggish. Since I upgraded to 3GB RAM it's become much slicker, especially when rendering or doing HQ previews.

Hope that helps,

NR
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 5:15pm

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Its like a 2001 windows xp. I don't know the specs but its my family computer and it runs vegas 6 and chromanator. I also have a 1 tb external hard drive and an external dvd burner.
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 5:28pm

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For those who don't know how to check their specs, go to

Start > My Computer then right click in an empty space and click "Propeties" there you have it.

smile
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 6:40pm

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2007 bare-bones Macbook Pro here (which equates to 2.2GHz C2D, 2GB, 120GB, 8600GT).
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 7:05pm

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I bought my new laptop computer in the spring of 08. Before this, I had an 05 HP desktop model purchased in 06. Follow my advise, never get an HP. I'm very happy with my Toshiba now, I've never had a problem with it.
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 7:06pm

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Garrison

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17" MacBook Pro - 2007
OSX 10.4.11
2.4GHz Intel Duo
4GB Ram
Geforce 8600M GT
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 7:41pm

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Just placed my order for a custom built desktop:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 - 2.33Ghz
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB PCI-Express
Seagate 1 TB Hardrive
8GB KINGSTON Hyper X Dual Channel DDR2 1066Mhz RAM
Vista Ultimate x64

Sure, I don't use any Fxhome products at present, but gives you some idea of what sort of hardware is being used around here.
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 8:00pm

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My most recent is a used 2006 Mac (bought 2008) but my first was a Comadore 64 (1975), what a massive difference in technology.
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 8:10pm

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Macbook Pro purchased in January of 2008 (so that technically makes it the 2007 model I guess) - 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. I've upgraded to 4 Gigs of RAM, and have a 200 gig HD.
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 10:39pm

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Dell Inspiron 1520 purchased in December of 2007.
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 10:56pm

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ben3308 wrote:

Dell Inspiron 1520 purchased in December of 2007.
Our PCs are twins!
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 10:57pm

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Dual 2 ghz G5 tower 2003

When i bought it i budgeted it to last at least 6 years... its still blazing fast
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 10:58pm

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For some reason I voted 2009, but I got my MBP in 2008. I guess I just forgot that '09 just started.
Posted: Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 11:33pm

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potman wrote:

Dual 2 ghz G5 tower 2003

When i bought it i budgeted it to last at least 6 years... its still blazing fast
I used my G4 Dual 450, almost daily, until last year's new G5 DP 2 Ghz, still use the G4 for graphics/photo editing and printing. (bought it new in 1999). I used it for VLS, CLab and ELab until I bought the new G5.

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Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 12:09am

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Core2Duo e8500 (3.16 GHZ), 4 GB RAM, ATI HD4850 512 MB videocard. It's running Windows Vista.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 12:42am

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DVStudio

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Built this one myself: My editing and gaming machine
-AMD Phenom II Quad Core 3.4GHz, 8MB L2 cache
-16GB DRR3 RAM at 1066MHz
-3TB HDD (2 on RAID)
-Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
-Geforce 9800 GFX
-HDMI, Firewire, eSATA, etc
-7.1 channel surround sound on Sound Blaster sound card
-2X 22 inch monitors
-DVD-RW w/ lightscribe and BD-ROM

2008 Dell Vostro 220 Audio production mainly as well as being a day to day power computer
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.83GHz
4 GB RAM
960GB Hard Drive (3 drives)
350W power supply
20 inch ultra sharp monitor and 300" 1080p HD projector
Nvidia 1GB Graphic Card and ATI Radeon X1900
Windows Vista Business 64 bit
20X LG Lightscribe dual layer-RW DVD drive

December 2008 Dell XPS One 20" this is also the primary computer I use and a gaming monster
Intel Core 2 Duo 4500 (2.53 GHz)
2 GB RAM
512MB Graphics Card
Slot loading Blu-ray reader/dvd writer drive
320 HDD
Windows Vista Premium

Dell Inspiron 531s desktop- sound recording
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
Vista Premium
3 GB RAM
19 inch monitor
250GB HDD
Nvidia graphics
DVD Burner

And finally, my 2007 Dell Inspiron laptop (mainly for use on shoot) and at school
AMD Turion 64 X2 (2.0 GHz)
2 GB RAM
Dual layer DVD Drive
Windows XP Media Center
120 GB HDD
15.4 inch monitor
ATI Radeon 512MB graphics

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Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 12:48am

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Primarily, I use an iMac from early 2008. 2.0 GHx Intel Core 2 Duo, 3 GB RAM. This is what I run visionLab on, and use for graphics work and audio recording. But for video editing, I still use my older machine, a dual 1.4 GHz G4 with 2 GB RAM, as I've not yet been able to afford to upgrade my old Final Cut to a version compatible with the Intel chipset. Its a last-gen G4 PowerMac, but i don't recall what year it was.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 1:24am

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fanfare96

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I run my editing and VideoLab on my PC.
Windows XP
AMD 64x2 dual core processor 60000+
3.01 GHz
3.0 GbBRAM
180 GB Hard Drives x2
NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
22" Samsung SyncMaster 906 BW monitor (digital)
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 1:32am

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I got my iMac in spring 2007. Specs include 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 2.16GHz Quad-Core Intel Processor, and an ATI Radeon X1600 Graphics card W/ 256MB VRAM. Considering that VisionLab doesn't have a UB, it runs decently on my machine.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 1:34am

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I use FCE (though I plan to upgrade to FCP really soon) on my 15 inch Macbook Pro that I purchased new in July of 2008.

2.2 GHz Intel Core 2
2 GB of RAM
120GB Harddrive

Not sure if it matters, but I also have a 500GB external for editing purposes.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 1:58am

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New Macbook Pro 15" purchased a few weeks ago.

2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo
2 Gigs of Ram (Making the upgrade to 4 very soon)
120GB HD

My baby.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 3:38am

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Quad 2.5ghz Powermac G5, here. Bought late 2005 (Little did I know the Intel switch was just around the corner...) when it was a blazing beast. It'd probably have a rough time stacked up against a 2009 equivalent model, though. It's pretty crazy how quickly things advance these days. Still, it does what I need it to do comfortably most of the time.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 4:43am

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This past Dec I got an iMac 24"

4GB ram

1TB Serial ATA 7200-rpm hard drive

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

Great for Final Cut Studio 2

VisionLab Studio on the other hand,even with these specs, is surprisingly

slow. Great software, but it doesn't seem to take advantage of the hardware.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 4:56am

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ben3308

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Has VLab been running from a universal binary, or is that still in its future?
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 5:15am

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Universal Binary is still future.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 9:56am

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Simon K Jones

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Thanks for all the information and votes guys, keep 'em coming.

Needless to say, future FXhome Mac software will be UB. The PhotoKey series is already UB.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 11:41am

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Tarn wrote:

Needless to say, future FXhome Mac software will be UB. The PhotoKey series is already UB.
Ah, okay.

Being as I don't use a Mac, it doesn't affect me; but I was wondering if my assumptions (which were generally right biggrin) would help explain the aforementioned complaint.

Thanks for the info, though.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 2:25pm

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Home made system here, no specific year to state so 2008 is what i picked for most accuracy...Current setup:

EVGA 680i motherboard

Geforce 8800 GTX

4GB DDR2 ram (although i have got 4GB total, only 2.75GB available to windows)

Intel Q6600 Quad core

750 GB HDD (500GB for one, 250 for other for now)

Win XP home 32bit

Hope this helps

smile
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 5:13pm

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With the exception that i have Vista, I have almost exactly the same computer as you, pscamm smile
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 5:42pm

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I built my current PC at Christmas, after my 6 year old desktop decided to die.

ASUS M3A78-CM motherboard
Amd Athlon dual core 6000+, 3.10mhz processor
2GB RAM
500GB hard drive
Nvidia 9500GT 1GB GPU
Vista Home Premium

Since it's my first SATA & PCI-Express PC I decided to go for a fairly basic system that I can upgrade over time, just like I did with my last PC.
Posted: Wed, 18th Feb 2009, 7:43pm

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rypcat

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2Ghz iMac G5 from summer 2005

1GB RAM, 250GB HD +600GB external

Gettin' slow for complicated stuff in photoshop or aftereffects.
Posted: Thu, 19th Feb 2009, 10:09am

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Xcession,
eek , Although there is a 'little' difference in FXperience LOLOL

razz razz razz
Posted: Thu, 19th Feb 2009, 3:17pm

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PC:

Core 2 Duo E6600
2 GB Ram
500 Gb Harddisk
Geforce 9800

Mac:

Dual G5 Mac 1,8 GHZ
1 TB Harddisk
4 GB RAM


Old mac (2005 or 2006, if I'm not mistaken), but still does what I need it to do.

EDIT: Nicely spotted Jabooza. Hehehehe. biggrin

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Posted: Fri, 20th Feb 2009, 9:52am

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My computer is made almost entirely from scraps and hand-me downs.

AMD Atherlon 3000+ (2GHz) single core
128 Mb Graphics card
1Gb RAM
300Gb Hard Drive

I think the computer can date back to about 2000, maybe before. It is basically made from parts from other computers as they were upgraded.

FXHome products run slow, so sometimes I have to render small parts instead of previewing them so I can see what the finished result will be.

What would be really good, is some sort of network rendering system. The FXHome products could have a kind of ‘multiplayer’ install mode like some old games have. You can only play single player on one machine. The ‘multiplayer’ mode would only be for playing multi-playing, the single player mode would not be installed.

It could be the same for FXHome products. Have a multi render install function so that those of us with slower computers could use other computers to speed up the work with out breaking the licence.
Posted: Fri, 20th Feb 2009, 10:41pm

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Rating: +1

Tarn wrote:

Needless to say, future FXhome Mac software will be UB. The PhotoKey series is already UB.
When you "future FXhome Mac software", do you mean new products that you release, or do you mean that updates to the Lab products will eventually be UB?


Sollthar wrote:

Old mac (2005 or 2005, if I'm not mistaken)
Heh, are you sure you got it in 2005, or did you get it in 2005? biggrin



P.S. - I got my MB in 2009, but since I got it right when it became 09 accidentally voted 08.
Posted: Sat, 21st Feb 2009, 5:07pm

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Plainly wrote:

ben3308 wrote:

Dell Inspiron 1520 purchased in December of 2007.
Our PCs are twins!
Make that triplets
Posted: Sun, 22nd Feb 2009, 10:06pm

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15.4" HP Notebook, Intel Core2 Duo 2.1Ghz, 4GB RAM, Vista Home Premium 64bit, 320GB HDD, usually hooked to a 750GB external firewire HDD and a Viewsonic 22" flatpanel monitor.
Posted: Sun, 22nd Feb 2009, 11:26pm

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Ar0n Spiffy wrote:

Plainly wrote:

ben3308 wrote:

Dell Inspiron 1520 purchased in December of 2007.
Our PCs are twins!
Make that triplets
Quadruplets. And, well, literal twins with Ben.....if you want to get technical about it. wink
Posted: Thu, 26th Feb 2009, 4:36pm

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Thanks for the information guys, there will be more votes like this over the coming weeks and months to help us shape future releases.
Posted: Fri, 27th Feb 2009, 3:22am

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Mine is an old insignia from back when dinosaurs roamed... 2000, but it has been upgraded to:
500GB external Hard Drive
250GB Second inner hard drive
3GB of Ram
Posted: Fri, 27th Feb 2009, 11:16am

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when i got my 7900 GTX nvidea graphic card (BFG of course) i was amazed how it ran. I bought it maybe 3 years ago, and it has kept up with games so well and i have only recently had to change it.
Posted: Fri, 27th Feb 2009, 11:38am

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Wow, 15% of people taking part in this survey are running very old Pentium and Athlon machines (old in computer terms) as their main editing box! Some of our office machines date from late-2006 and we consider them to be at retirement age, but it is all very subjective.

Editing (and other video work) is generally considered one of the most intensive areas of computing (after gaming). With computers being many times faster now than their pre-2004 equivalents, I wonder if you guys are considering upgrades in the near future, or if you feel that if it isn't broke then why fix it?
Posted: Fri, 27th Feb 2009, 12:24pm

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schwar wrote:

I wonder if you guys are considering upgrades in the near future, or if you feel that if it isn't broke then why fix it?
I personally believe in keeping it my machine as long as i can continue producing professional work. So for instance my pc runs premiere CS3 perfectly well. If i want to update to CS4 and my pc couldn't handle it then i would either update the necessary components or if its cheaper, build myself a new rig biggrin

Thats my approach anyway
Posted: Fri, 27th Feb 2009, 2:43pm

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Part of the reason im buying add-ons instead of a brand new one is because when i actually get a new computer,I can transfer all of them to that. But i agree that my computer is a miracle in that it hasn't died yet!
Posted: Sat, 28th Feb 2009, 1:16pm

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Quad Q6600 Processor
4 gb DDR 2 - 800mhz ram
500 and separate 250gb HDD's
BFG Geforce 280 1gb graphics card
Sound Blaster Platinum Live sound card
Posted: Fri, 6th Mar 2009, 4:36am

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My newest PC's specs are:

2.4 Ghz Duo Core
4 gigs of RAM (XP sees only 3.5 of that!)
512 Meg ATI Video
2 - 750Gig SATA HDD's
Various FireWire Sound Capturing devices
ABIT IP35 Pro

I'll be building a new one soon and will go with more CPU, RAM and video, but the above machine is pretty solid as is.