mhthomps wrote in post #7952256
I should be in good shape then. I have a Dell Studio QuadCore 8200, 2.33 with 8GB or RAM. I also have Lightroom 2.3 and Photoshop CS4. Should I convert to DNG?
DNG is pointless really, usually results in larger files when i used it. Just get a few 500gb or 1tb for archives and you're fine. Use that esata port though, it'll let you read/write at 50+MB/s (half second for a 5dmkii file).
And for the video (if you choose to use it, which i highly suggest), get these programs:
avisynth scripting server
megui (make sure to update to get x264 as well)
With those four programs, you can get the 45mbps video+audio to about 15mbps (third the size) without losing quality. It'll take probably 2-3 hours per 10 min clip on your computer using second to best in most things, but you can do two files at the same time and leave it overnight as well (has among the best batch management methods this side of professional programs). Hell, it's about 8x faster than the not as good mainconcept encoder from adobe's premiere. Best of all, all the programs are free. You can also do a lot of other cool things, just a bit hard to get used to at first.
I don't hate macs or OSX, I hate people and statements that portray them as better than anything else. Macs are A solution, not THE solution. Get a good desktop i7 with Windows 7 and come tell me that sucks for photo or video editing.