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December 14, 2009 10:18:32 PM

hey guys, can anyone suggest a good video card for HD video editing.
under $150 would be great

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a c 359 U Graphics card
December 15, 2009 1:00:36 AM

To the best of my knowledge, video editing is more CPU dependent than the video card.

Only time when the video card will be needed is probably for special effects, like particle effects.
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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2009 1:36:13 AM

It does depend on the tool he's using as to the level of benefit, they've added some good plug-ins for products like After Effects and Sony Vegas, etc. but like you say, it's still primarily a CPU thing since a solid mid range or higher card will get maximum utility out of the add-ons.

Element, what editing app are you using, and are you asking for advice for a specific feature or just in general for good multi-monitor support, colour, resolution, etc.

Under $150 an HD5750 would be a perfect fit for multi-monitor with DP, but it also may still be overkill, where and HD4650/4670 would be more than enough for less than half the price (put the savings toward improving another part of the rig).

HD5750;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD4670;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Silent;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD4650 (slower core and slower memory);
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also a Geforce GT240 is an option, but it's a little pricey right now and offers no tangible benefit over the other cards;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And unfortunately the GF9600s aren't as cheap as they used to be, because they'd be another possible choice.

I would say it depends mainly on what you're looking to do. Unless there's a specific thing you need to support I'd recommend going with one of the HD4670 cards and taking the extra money and investing it into more ram or an eternal drive, or an application or something else you need.

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December 15, 2009 2:14:55 AM

With a tool like Divide.Frame you can utilize any Nvidia card that has CUDA technology to offload the work to the GPU vs the CPU.

http://www.divideframe.com/

I believe there is something else called Badaboom that offloads rendering to the GPU. Divideframe's site has the list of CUDA enabled cards.
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a b U Graphics card
December 15, 2009 5:32:44 AM

So DivideFrame wants $99 for a Sony Vegas Plug-in to accelerate AVCHD & H.264 decode?
Why would you pay that much for something that has been given away by both IHVs as their own plug-ins? Especially from a sight that looks like it was designed by a high school kid over a weekend (not a good sign for a company targeting creative professionals and pro-sumers). :pfff: 

If you're going to pay $99, there are far better things to spend the money on.

As for Badaboom, it's not for HD, it's for outputting to MOBILE formats from DVD or HD, only useful if you want to dump something to an iPod or Blackberry, not for HD editing. :pfff: 
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December 15, 2009 6:06:23 AM

sspeed said:
I believe there is something else called Badaboom that offloads rendering to the GPU. Divideframe's site has the list of CUDA enabled cards.


Badaboom is a transcoder/video converter and not a video editing software. :D 
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December 15, 2009 1:31:23 PM

thanks everyone
so the only thing that was mentioned that id need is particle stuff (after effects). the main reason im asking is because im getting a new comp cuz my current one is pretty much ancient- and editing HD video and special effects are impossible because it lags so much - and rendering afterwards also takes forever (rendering 2 minutes of footage to youtube HD quality takes 3 hours. i was under the impression that this was due to CPU and graphics card.

(i know this isnt the secotion for this but--) this is the cpu i was looking at

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...


you think that would cut it? and i know nothing about video cards so i have the ones greatgrape just reccomended and someone else said this one

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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December 15, 2009 5:46:47 PM

I just went the same route... I haven't bought DivideFrame so I apologize for that suggestion. I had a Dell OptiPlex 6200 (3.4Ghz Pentium 4) and had the same painful HD editing experiences you speak of.

I just picked up a Quadcore 8gb DDR3 machine and rendering is much faster, although not as fast still as I would have expected. Editing can still lag and that surprised me, that's why DivideFrame looks tempting, I hate that lag. I agree that $95 seems like a lot.
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December 15, 2009 8:24:31 PM

sspeed said:
I just went the same route... I haven't bought DivideFrame so I apologize for that suggestion. I had a Dell OptiPlex 6200 (3.4Ghz Pentium 4) and had the same painful HD editing experiences you speak of.

I just picked up a Quadcore 8gb DDR3 machine and rendering is much faster, although not as fast still as I would have expected. Editing can still lag and that surprised me, that's why DivideFrame looks tempting, I hate that lag. I agree that $95 seems like a lot.


out of curiosity - what video card do you have and what program do you use?
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December 15, 2009 9:08:34 PM

I use Sony Vegas HD 9.0c... Video card in the new machine is token integrated Intel, the old was an Nvidia 6600GT... What everyone said is right, the CPU does most of the work unless you have the specific hardware and software to do the offloading to the GPU...

I never had any problem editing video until going HD... I had an old machine that did just fine, the HD is a pig, but looks so nice... Who knows, maybe my setup isn't optimum either.
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December 15, 2009 10:16:15 PM

yeah cuz i plan on building one really soon i just want to be sure everything will work right with it
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