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By marktackie ·
I need to buy a desktops for a small business which is specialising in converting analog VHS tapes into DVDs. They are actually going to be doing a lot of burning of DVD's. A solid DVD drive that can handle all the formats is a must. These files will be transferred over the internet to their various service centers. Please advise on a stable system that can take this abuse. Also some of these desktops will be sent to places with little technical support so hardy system will better serve the purpose. I am looking currently at the Sony VIAO RZ54G.
Should I consider building them from the scratch and if so what are the most stable components.

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by JamesRL In reply to Choice of Right Hardware( ...

My suggestion:

I've sold computers to the film industry(long time ago) and my brother in law is a digital video editor.

I won't quibble about brand names. What you need is something with SCSI Hard disks and SCSI DVD writers. Servers use SCSI because drive to drive communication is fast and stable. I know the new IDE technologies come close, but don't cheap out where it counts.

I would suggest to make this work the best you have one disk for the OS and applications, and another disk for your data that you want to transfer. In capturing video you ideally want an empty drive with no bad sectors. Wipe the video capture drive clean when you are done, reformatting is not a bad idea. If you really have money to spend, then a striped RAID array is faster.

I would suggest you have one system for capturing the data from VHS to disk, and then creating a Master, and another system for taking a Master and making multiple copies. You can buy units where there are 7 drives in a box - you put the master in one drive, fill the 6 other drives with blank media, hit a button and it duplicates them - no software, no monitor, no keyboard.

Hope that helps.

James

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Choice of Right Hardware( ...

you probably will want to buy a unit that dupes and labels dvds. if yes, start with those salespeople. many will have pc and duper integrated offerings. we are doing as you wish using firewire drives. get the facts when talking to the salespeople. get the numbers. the websites for the dvd burners will have lots and lots of info about optimising the system. the websites for the video capture stuff will have lots and lots and lots and lots of hardware and performance tweaking information. have you picked out your video capture stuff. this is where you should spend. you will have to or suffer inferior results. the dollars will be on the video capture card. like 4-7 grand. the supporting drives don't have to be scsi unless you are rich. you can stripe fast ide drives. again, see the folks who sell this stuff. they know the best imho
if you are asking for a dvd burner that can handle 'all the formats' you need some remedial tutoring. start googling and talking to sales people.

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by TheChas In reply to Choice of Right Hardware( ...

As far as the base PC is concerned, make sure that you have Pentium 4's with as much RAM as practical.

I would even go as far as to recommend you use systems with genuine Intel brand motherboards.
At a minimum, the chip-set MUST be from Intel and not VIA or SiS for the kind of performance and stability you need.

The 1 thing that the P4 does better than an Athlon is they process digital video better and faster.

I also recommend that you have ATI video cards.

Chas

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by Boli In reply to Choice of Right Hardware( ...

In reality brand name doesnt matter so just go for a computer with:

SATA drives (preferable SCSI but SCSI requires too much technical inteligence)
An intel P4 because there more stable than AMD
Heaps of 'fast' RAM (ie 1024MB PC3200)
and will probs need a AV/DV video card to take the VHS at GOOD quality and reliabvility!

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