The cheapest Video Station

Here’s one of the cheapest PCs that it’s good enough to be used as a dedicated Video Station by the average Joe. Originally, I was going to give a different suggestions for DV editing and HDV/AVCHD editing requirements, but the price difference is so small these days, but that it didn’t make any sense. So, I went with DELL, and their “Small & Medium Business” category. There, I went for this model (Vostro 200 Mini Tower with 2 GB RAM, 20″ screen, 160 GB HDD, DVD burner, 2.2Ghz Core2Duo CPU, WinXP, on board graphics/sound). I only needed to add to the default configuration an “IEEE 1394 Adapter card with Cable” for firewire, and the “Dell A225 2.0 Speakers”. Overall price according to their current pricing is $679.

Alternatively you could go for this one (add 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, firewire, speakers) which will cost overall $459 (no monitor). Yes, it’s a Celeron, but it’s not a slow Celeron. According to Wikipedia, the “Celeron 420 is the only single-core Conroe-L Celeron that has its Thermal diode and Extended(Enhanced) HALT State enabled. In Enhanced HALT State the processor consumes 8W compared to the 35W of its normal operation.” So if you are environmental friendly, short on money, and you don’t mind leaving your PC overnight to encode, this might be the model for you. Christmas is coming, buy yourself a present.

Then, I would suggest you buy Vegas Movie Studio ($80) if you use plain miniDV, or Vegas Platinum if you need HD support ($120, 24p support). There you are, a very powerful machine and editing software for under a grand. For those who want Vista, don’t. Video editing apps work better under XP.

And B&H now sells the Canon HV20 for $750, with a $150 gift card (which is a good discount if you want to buy the wide-angle lens for the HV20 later), so if you are into upgrading your video stuff, maybe now it’s the time.


Stephen wrote on December 13th, 2007 at 12:29 AM PST:

This XPS is a nice solution. As far as video editing. There’s no monitor for $900, but that’s a solid configuration with some staying power.

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Eugenia wrote on December 13th, 2007 at 2:35 AM PST:

If only it had XP instead of Vista. NLEs and Cineform still have trouble with Vista.

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