I have a Sony HC-9 camcorder at work but don't have a HDTV in office.
If I want to play and edit HD video footage recorded by the HC9, what computer configuration do I need ?
I know I need Blu-Ray writter for HD video transferring. What about the video card ? Monitor ? processor and RAM ? any suggestion ? or any brand name desktop system can get the job done ?
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Since the camera outputs HDV, the hardware requirements are pretty light.
The Dell XPS 420 for $899 would cut it. You might want to upgrade to a larger drive, but the specs are fine for HDV editing. The video card doesn't really matter, and the one that comes with the XPS 420 is more than adequate.
If you get a portable 250GB USB hard drive ($100), you can save your footage at work and bring home only the HDV data as opposed to the whole camera.
As far as a monitor, the Dell 24" wide screen model gives you 1920x1200 resolution, so you can watch the video without having to resize the image. It's around a $450 monitor, though.
Thanks for your advice.
Can I assume with the DELL XPS and the 24" monitor, the picture on computer monitor will as good as play back on HDTV ?
I'm using HP media centre with 2GB ram and 22" Dell. It's running smoothly but the on screen video picture quality cannot compare with a real HDTV. I don't know its' the monitor, video card or computer issue.
Originally Posted by AAC
First, what are you playing? Direct from the camcorder? Have you captured the file from the tape? How?
Second, what are you playing it with?
Basic issue #1.
Consumer HDV is 1440x1080i @29.97 fps (59.94 fields per second).
A computer monitor can't display this natively without some conversion.
Basic Issue #2
A 1680x1050 22" (or even a 1920x1080 24") diagonal progressive monitor can't be viewed full HD unless you are inches from the screen. If either looks blurry from 12", you aren't there yet.
Basic Issue #3
A consumer camcorder like an HC9 isn't going to generate full 1920x1080i or even 1280x720P quality on a par with more expensive broadcast level cameras. There is more to it than resolution. Lens/sensor quality and bit rate trump raw resolution and HDV is only 25 Mb/s MPeg2. So don't go paying for higher resolution monitors. Your 1680x1050 Dell is already overkill. Save your money for something larger or higher resolution than 46" 1280x720p.
Recent planning (at work) :
1) directly connecting HC9 camcorder to office computer for viewing ;
2) use WinDV to transfer DV/SD footage to computer for editing and DVD burning ;
3) use in box software to transfer HDV to computer (but see no different with SD footage) for editing ;
Future planning (at work):
1) burn Blu-Ray disc after transferring HDV to computer ;
2) able to view HD picture quality on computer screen ;
3) require computer system (PC) to view, edit and burn HD video.
Originally Posted by AAC
If so you aren't viewing in HD but the DV format picture quality should be good.
Do you have edit software capable of editing HDV?
To view as HD do the following...
1. Download and install HDVSplit. Download and install VLC.
2. Set the camcorder for HDV format transfer over IEEE-1394. See the manual for menu settings.
3. Access and cue the camcorder from HDVSplit. Download a representative sample clip a few minutes long.
4. Play the clip with VLC. It will default to interlace 1080i playback. You will see normal interlace field split on a progressive monitor but it should play smoothly.
5a. If it doesn't play smoothly, select "Video" then "Deinterlace" then "Discard". This will cause it to play as 960x540p at half motion update. This should play on most computers with minimal CPU load.
5b. If it did play smoothly, select "Video" then "Deinterlace" then experiment with "Mean", "Linear" and "X" deinterlace. Select "Video" then "Full-Screen" to let your display card scale to your monitor native resolution. IF all of the above works, try "Deinterlace" then "Bob" which will upscale 1440x540 fields up to as much as 1920x1080p frames at 59.94 fps.
Report your progress.
PS: If you just want an "auto" button, purchase the Cyberlink PowerDVD player.
Appreciate your great advice, edDV.
Will try it out and let you know what I get.