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Oh, I'm not offended. In person I might get defensive if somebody throws me for a loop with blatant honesty, but the beauty of an online forum is that I can sit back and digest each comment to try to reframe my mindset.

Basically, our family needs a new camcorder (the Kodak pocketcam "zooms" in jolting jumps) and I didn't want to buy a $1000 camcorder and then kick myself for not getting a $3000 one that has a 4:2:2 codec when I had the chance.

I just got super excited when I thought my wife was willing to let me go goofy crazy with gear. But alas, she is sane, and now I must get back to reality. Difficult now that the flames of imagination have been fanned, however.
 
Wow.
First Im flattered that you took my challenge. Nobody ever listens to me so thats cool ;P
You have a stellar attitude, you will be smoking hot very quickly.

Critique, there were some pretty nice shots in there. You tried lots of ideas.


You told a story, I followed it. It was dull, so what! Man, most people spend months on this board talking about getting ready to make their first crappy film. YOU DID IT. CONGRATS ITS BEHIND YOU.

Not only that, some of your filming was in public. Man took me a month to work up the courage to leave my basement! Again, HATS OFF TO YOU!


You discovered for yourself that the camera is only part of the system, the most important part of the system is your eye and brain. You also know for yourself that you could do a lot better with the equipment and software you already have! I will not offer any more unsolicited advice, your a grown up and your not a fool.

Some basic ideas that I think about frequently

Rule OF thirds
Continuity style
the 180 degree rule.
Line of action
Eye lines
Cut on action
Cut on look

Right now, Im personally learning about wide deep focus epic shots ala the opening scenes of SuperMan the movie.. think Lawrence of Arabia


Books I like:
Directing, shot by shot
Master Shots
 
Some basic ideas that I think about frequently

Rule OF thirds
Continuity style
the 180 degree rule.
Line of action
Eye lines
Cut on action
Cut on look

Right now, Im personally learning about wide deep focus epic shots ala the opening scenes of SuperMan the movie.. think Lawrence of Arabia


Books I like:
Directing, shot by shot
Master Shots

I am definitely soliciting advice... from everyone here.

Thanks. I looked up all of those terms and concepts online and I
ordered Directing Shot by Shot. I learned that my local public library has a copy of the following as well:

Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

The Complete Film Production handbook by Eve Light Honthaner

The Reel Truth : everything you didn't know you need to know about making an independent film

and

Master Shots : 100 advanced camera techniques to get an expensive look on your low-budget movie / Christopher Kenworthy.*


What other books, websites, DVDs, magazines, or resources should I consult?
 
I can help you quite a bit with editing software. Your computer should be able to handle both of them, mine did and the specs are pretty similar.

What are your main purposes of using video editing software?

CC/Editing/Audio Work/Effects or just plain editing?

I've worked 10x more with Vegas than I have with Premier but I can say that Vegas is fantastic and can handle a lot of things. It's not the industry standard but if your doing basic editing/audio work then it won't fail you. Also, don't ever use any of them programs for visual effects of any kind. Invest in After Effects or another compositing program.

Now I am a bit concerned. While I was working in windows movie maker live, every 5-10minutes large sections of shots would be inaacessible for viewing. This happened both when the footage was stored on the computer and when I was just pulling it stright from the SD card. Is this a litation if the software or my hardware? When I wouldbsave, close, and restart the program it woukd be fine. Near the end, it got more frequuent and the res of the footage was only WVGA quality.
 
What're the specs on the computer you're editing with?
- chip speed or model number?
- what's the hard drive speed?
- how much RAM you playing with?

Those three alone will identify how much your computer is being bogged down with the image-data volume that may be bogging it down.
Not to mention the simple age of the computer and volume of spyware that could also be handicapping it.
 
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I have a 4yr old PC. It currently only has one PCX 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9800 GT; 6GB DDR3-1333 (3x2048) memory; Creative Labs SoundBlaster® X-Fi™ XtremeAudio; and a 3-way SLI Motherboard EVGA X58 based chipset with PCI Express; and an Intel® Core™ i7 processor i7 Intel® Core™ i7 with quad 2.66GHz cores, 8MB Cache (4.8 GT/sec); but only one 500GB Hitachi 7200rpm 16MB Cache SATA 300w/NCQ; a built-in card reader and one 20x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner; and Windows 7.

Would Premiere work on my machine at all? Or would it work, but just be very slow? I suspect that if I went with Premiere CS5.5 and didn't upgrade my video card, then it would tell me that it could not find one of the “certified“ video cards and would therefore set the Mercury Playback Engine to use only the computer’s CPU and not the video card’s GPU. Even if I hacked it to recognize my old card, it still only has 512MB and GPU Acceleration Mode requires at least 896 megs of video ram, right? I think that even the buggier CS5 required at least 756 MB.

Would I have to upgrade my cpu and graphics card even if I went the Vegas route? The Sony Vegas Pro website says their acceleration only requires at least 512 MB of GPU memory, but my computer is feeling sluggish now even when it is not doing video editing.

If I can't manage without upgrading my PC, which parts would I need to change or add to use Vegas comfortably? Which parts would I need to change or add to use Premiere comfortably? Would either of these answers make it more worth the expense to go ahead and choose the XF105 over the XF100? I assume I'd at least need another hard drive at the very minimum, but what else should I realistically expect to need?

If you were me, what gear would you get if you could invest $4,000.00?

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Nah, you're 'puter's specs are fine.
You should be able to run 1080 rez through that just fine.
Just make sure you save your files from the SD card to the hard drive and work offa the hard drive, never from the card.

IDK WTH's up with the inaccessible moments you're experiencing. :huh:
Sorry.
 
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