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Is it much slower to edit HD video?

Asked by rexpresso (920points) July 10th, 2010

I’m helping a friend choose a camera.

One of the downsides of HD that is clear is that it will take longer to upload.

I would like to know if there will also be a much longer time to edit/render in comparison to normal video.

I think I read that the HD codec is much more efficient and byte-efficient, but am not sure about the resources needed to edit and produce a final piece.


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iwannamakemovies's avatar

If you plan on ‘getting popular on youtube’ then don’t expect to reach that goal with a Standard Definition Camcorder. Trust me. HD is worth the extra 5–10 minutes of rendering.

rexpresso's avatar

Thanks for your input and I tend to go the way of your opinion but I still would like to know details of a comparison if possible.

iwannamakemovies's avatar

HD has more pixels, which makes it less pixely (meaning you can’t really see the pixels) does that make sense?

You can also see the picture a lot better, unless you buy a 3CCD standard camcorder and you’re comparing it to an HD CMOS. 3CCD are professional camcorders. It’s just the image sensors that are different. The each ccd sensor stands for 1 primary color. Since there are 3, yellow, blue, and red, any color made up of those 3 colors would be sensed better. However, if you increase the number of pixels to make it HD, the result would be a lot better. I’m not sure if it would be easier to edit, because it is a professional camcorder, but the canon gl1 is standard definition 3ccd. You can find it used for $550

iwannamakemovies's avatar

I was kinda just babbling there. Let me know if that answered your question.

sharpstick's avatar

I have an older Mac (G5) and I have noticed that editing HD really starts to tax it, it’s not impossible but it is noticeably slower. The new Mac at work (Intel) handles it without a problem.

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