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[News] What's the best video-editing platform?ANN.lu
Posted on 19-Nov-2000 12:00 GMT by Teemu I. Yliselä16 comments
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TechTV have a poll about the best computer platform for video editing. The alternatives are Windows, Mac and Amiga.

What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 1 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by James Whelan on 18-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
We're not doing too well, are we?
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 2 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by David Shipman on 18-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
better than windows anyway, thats what counts isn't it? :)
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 3 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by Paolo "Mod3m" D'Urso on 18-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
Yeah, let's all vote the Amiga (even if we know it's outdated for video editing) ;)
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 4 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by greenboy on 18-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
Damn! Guess I need to paste the comment I made in the unmoderated section:
The real vote is what gets bought to do the job. And even among knowledgable professionals - who've done their research/homework before purchase - that varies. At any price point there are several good options, no one clearly superior for all cases.
Professionals simply aren't going to care much about advocacy. What they *are* going to care about is specs, cost, tools available, styles of interface, format issues, confidence in the future of the concerned companies and formats.
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 5 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by Chris on 18-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (greenboy):
> Professionals simply aren't going to care much about advocacy. What
> they *are* going to care about is specs, cost, tools available, styles
> of interface, format issues, confidence in the future of the concerned
> companies and formats.
.. and the current Amiga comes bottom on more or less all of them. Specs?
Well, we've got underpowered, hacked PPC boards, woefully overpriced graphics
cards and IDE drives that run in a mode that's only supported because it's
in the core spec. Tools? Erm, I think the last ceased to be supported 3 or 4
years ago? Format issues? Well, we've got support for 6 year old codecs and
stuff. As for the future, I doubt I even need to mention that as far as the
"classic" is concerned..
Personally I think anyone who seriously considers doing video editing on the
Amiga these days needs their head examined.
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 6 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by victor # on 18-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Chris):
Yes, but everyone: think about the future (Amiga-DE)!!! I'm sure there will be nice video-editing SW's on the DE...
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 7 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by michael jantzen on 19-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Chris):
True - and the Amiga comes out ahead all the time. In working with video from time to time I come across several mac and pc solutions. They all have the same problems - while the system they run on maybe faster then the amiga they are for the most part (there are actually a few edition solutions that work okay) flakey, poorely designed, not flexible enough, drivers are mature enough or there just a pain in the ass to get working (read tritity... "your next toaster"). Funny thing is I could say the same thing for a few Amiga solutions (cough cough V-Lab Motion cough).
With the Amiga Toaster/Flyer not only is it extremely reliable, but its also one of the fastest NLE systems I've seen around. Especially for the price. The other thing is there just are any batch processing tools that work with these windows/mac applications (anyone thats ever tried to assebly a lightwave animation with adobe premier knows exactly what I'm talking about).
The nice thing is that the Amiga intergrates pretty well with PC apps. I use the Amiga for editing and the Windows PC's for rendering graphics.
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 8 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by michael jantzen on 19-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (michael jantzen):
Whoops that should say "editing solutions" not edition solutios :)
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 9 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by szutoman on 19-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (michael jantzen):
I could not agree with you more. I have a Video Toaster 4000/Flyer Combo and it ROCKS!!!!!! We use the pc's for rendering flyer clips In Lightwave and use them in our projects, and boy do they turn out NICE!!! Batch processing is a dream with Image FX and the toaster flyer solutions using our network for resources and such if needed. I can tell you all this and really mean it... I have seen other solutions and the difficulty they have with formats and stuff, hell I can not even watch my friends videos he edits on his pc becuase I have to own that patricular graphics card to do so, not only that, he has not figured out yet how to put his movies fronm the computer back to tape....He is so pissed that my old Amiga Video Software and hardware does cirlces around his... Mmmm Maybe he should by an Amiga(-:
Szutoman!!!
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 10 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by Ian on 19-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
The Amiga was ahead many years ago, but now? No way. I can get dual stream real time DV/MPEG2 edit solutions for about $1K for the Mac and Winblows now. While I love the Amiga, its days as the king of video have been over for quite some time.
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 11 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by victor # on 19-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
I think these demanding tasks needs a good, fast, responding, stable, real-time OS. So, Winblobs falls off (in theory...). MacOS(X)? Maybe. But, there is such OS's coming that meets with these criterias.
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 12 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by michael jantzen on 20-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (victor #):
And the mac falls off because its too unstable...
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 13 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by michael jantzen on 20-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (Ian):
PC's are faster, that doesn't mean you'll get faster results. Its like you can sit there for 8 hours making nice text for a premier project (in Photoshop) - or you can whip up a better looking graphic in Toaster CG or Montage 24 in maybe 10-15 minutes (because these computers are slow!) - but I garentee better results with less effort.
Or like my friends DPS hollywood - tears it up when its working. Sucks when its not. And it always seems when you need it the most its not working the way you want it to. I've never ever ever had the toaster tell me it wasn't going to go to work for me.
While your rebooting your mac and your avid recorder/player I'll be making money.
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 14 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by iank on 20-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
It's not just speed. It's features. I can DO MORE, QUICKER, EASIER on a Winblows2K based NLE setup than on my old A2K Toaster rig. And then there's always ToasterNT. Which is actually supported, and a PCI card to boot.
I'm sorry, but the current Amiga video scene is lagging by a wide margin. Hell, are there even DV cards out there for it?
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 15 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by victor # on 20-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
You are discussing the past...
What's the best video-editing platform? : Comment 16 of 16ANN.lu
Posted by Sauro on 22-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
I've tried to vote...but it doesn't work...:(((
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