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Im a highschooler and i have a interest in filming and editing. I have 1200 to get a computer for editing and a camera. What would be a good solution for my situation. Thanks, watch your videos all the time thought someone could help me out. Thanks, Trevor.

asked Jan 06 '13 at 03:33

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I would say get the mac mini because of the editing possibilities and spend the rest on a camera. I would email chris pirillo he is selling his t3i, you could probably find great used canons online so you could get the mac and the camera. The software is what is good about the mini. FinalCut Pro and iMovie are great.

answered Jan 06 '13 at 18:06

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you can build a decent video production system by spending $500 on building a decent PC and then spending the next $700 on a canon t3i or t2i

to give you an idea of what you can get for $500 if you build your own, check this out.


if you do not plan on gaming, ( you can go with a GTS 250 or lower and put the rest of the money into a better CPU and more RAM.

the canon t2i and t3i have the same image sensor and they can give pretty decent video quality (in good lighting it is hard to tell the difference between t2i footage and canon 5d footage )

eg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59lOBhdWdiY

and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLO1B5E48tA

if you can get a good deal on the body only, then you can get a decent 50mm lens since they can offer F1.4, very good sharpness across the frame and very little vignetting. and later on, you can invest in a decent zoom lens.

As you can see in the second video, you get additional noise in the low light scenes as that is where the t2i and many other aps-c sensor cameras will have trouble. (if they used a canon 5D there would be very little grain).


answered Jan 06 '13 at 04:41

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edited Jan 06 '13 at 04:46

Would it be better to build a pc or get a mac mini thats my confusion.

answered Jan 06 '13 at 17:22

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Macs are pretty much superior to Windows when it comes to production work. It makes much more sense to get a beefed up Mac Mini (which is actually pretty fast...starting to catch the Mac Pros), than to spend money in a platform that isn't necessarily the best for the given task.

(Jan 07 '13 at 00:06) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

it depends on the application you want to use, if you are in school for video production and the class teaches final cut, then you need a mac. If they teach adobe aftereffects and other adobe production applications then stick with windows (there are many more tools that work well with adobe applications on windows)

With windows based systems, you will get much faster hardware for the money which is one of the most important factors since rendering and previewing changes is literally the most time consuming part of editing and that is directly due to the slowness of the computer. Even with top of the line systems, the wait can still range in the hours.

Remember the OS has nothing to do with your ability to edit. what is important is the applications that you can use. Other than 1 or 2 applications that are exclusive to the mac os, pretty much everything else is available on mac and windows.

(the reason why you see so many macs in video production is because most schools teach final cut, though that is changing to adobe after effects and adobe premiere pro (eg that is used to produce shows like fringe and other shows that require large scale scene replacement and extended scenes containing visual effects).

(Jan 07 '13 at 04:57) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Yes, but it's ridiculous how much CS6 is. Overall, it's a better experience with Final Cut on a Mac.

(Jan 07 '13 at 07:25) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

@catchatyou At least in my school if you are the video or design classes you get copies of Adobe CS6 to use on your home computer. So if they have that at their school the cost is negligible.

(Jan 07 '13 at 07:36) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

wanted to also add: keep in mind that you will need to purchase an after market lens if you want professional looking video. While some shots can be done with a professional look with an 18-55mm kit lens, for tighter shots where you would also want to control the viewer's focus, you will not be able to get good bokeh which is common in all professional films. So expect to add an additional $100-300 to the camera's price for purchasing a good 50mm lens and if possible another lens where you can get F1.4 or lower.

and if you have no other DSLR equipment, then you will need to set aside an additional $10 or so to build a follow focus

And if you do not have good audio equipment, then wait a little until you can spend $1400 or so on a system and get a good microphone. (if you want to cheap out, you can attach a device like the rode video mic to a long pole (and tape pipe insulation around the ends to reduce vibration from handling the pole, and then lower the gain in the mic and use it like a boom mic.


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