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What is the best computer for editing video?
by Gary Bettan 6 days ago
We get asked these questions all the time: What computer system should I use for Video Editing What is the best computer for editing video What is the best computer for Adobe Premiere What is the best
Blog: Tech Update: DIY 11 & System Recommendations for Video Editing
by Gary Bettan 1 week ago
We ve published two new articles on our website that we hope Creative COW members will want to read and bookmark. Our latest DIY build is DIY 11 and it is a creaming fast machine capable of 4K work. O
Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
by Roger Alexander 4 years ago
I'm going to be working mainly with Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe After FX (not at the same time) to edit HD video from a Canon 7D DSLR to edit music videos. I've had a technician compile a list of compone
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
by Gary Bettan 2 weeks ago
If you plan on editing highly compressed footage like DSLR, AVCHD or GoPro you really need an i7. While an i5 will work, it is going to be slow going during the editing. The final video will still loo
Media Asset Management
by Zach Youngblood 4 weeks ago
I am looking for a software solution that will allow me to add searchable metadata to R3D footage stored on a server. Something that works similar to the way that Adobe Bridge does, in that you can se
Re: Media Asset Management
by Gary Bettan 4 weeks ago
We have several options for you. axle 2014 is the latest edition of axle's award-winning media management software. Simply point axle at the media files you want to manage and it automatically creates
Videoguys NAB wish list
by Gary Bettan 2 months ago
April is my favorite time of the year. The hockey playoffs start Let s Go Islanders! The baseball season starts Let s Go Mets! And the industry s biggest and most important trade show happens NAB - I
Blog: Videoguys Tech Select HPz Workstations for Professionals
by Gary Bettan 3 months ago
Videoguys Tech Select HP Workstations are custom-configured by our technicians to hit some great price points and still provide you with a machine that we strongly recommend. HP uses only the best co
System problem? Found a glitch that reproduces itself across different editing softwares
by Victor Keys 4 months ago
Hopefully this is in the right forum category. I've been struggling to get to the bottom of a problem I'm having with choppy transitions dissolves while editing video. I use Vegas Pro 13 for all my vi
Re: System problem? Found a glitch that reproduces itself across different editing softwares
by Gary Bettan 4 months ago
The GT 630 is a very low end graphics card with only 96 CUDA cores. We recommend getting 768 CUDA cores or more to edit H.264 or AVCHD files. Bottom line is that your machine isn't going to handle the
Blog: Black Friday Sales Announced at Videoguys.com
by Gary Bettan 6 months ago
Free Shipping and 5% Off all orders plus a free gift with purchase on orders over $500 now through Cyber Monday http: www.videoguys.com VideoguysSpecials This-Weeks-Special.aspx Glen Cove, NY Videoguy
Blog: What Makes the New G-Technology RAIDs w Removable Drives Better?
by Gary Bettan 7 months ago
The G-RAID with removable drives includes HGST Ultrastar Enterprise-class Hard Drives Enterprise-class HDDs are rated for 24 7 operation in mission critical environments, while desktop grade drives ar
Blog: Teach Your Children Well, Teach them Avid
by Gary Bettan 7 months ago
Avid is the NLE tool of choice for Hollywood, Broadcast Television, Film Makers and Post Production facilities. While other NLEs may claim to be used for a few select programs, almost every Oscar and
Re: Teach Your Children Well, Teach them Avid
by Gary Bettan 7 months ago
Hey Millennials (and older folk) listen to Kylee. She knows a thing or two about succeeding as an editor in today's economy and marketplace. read her latest blog post http: kyleesportfolio.com blog p=
Blog: Time is running out on this fantastic NewTek TriCaster Trade-Up program
by Gary Bettan 9 months ago
NewTek TriCaster Trade-Up Special! Attention TriCaster Owners: Trade-up to a TriCaster 410, 460 or 860 now and save up to 40% off. Special Expires 8 29 14. Your old reliable TriCaster could be worth u
Blog: Videoguys Summer Update, June 2014
by Gary Bettan 11 months ago
It's been a very busy year for us. We've seen a ton of new products introduced and we've picked up some new product lines. HP Workstations: The creative Pro's choice http: webvideoguys.com hp-email.ht
Re: Videoguys Summer Update, June 2014
by Zest Video 9 months ago
sound like a cool offer Redefined Media Video Production Sydney
Blog: Understanding the new Licensing Options of Avid Media Composer Software
by Gary Bettan 1 year ago
At NAB2014 Avid announced that editors would now have several choices on how they can purchase Media Composer. Avid has now released the latest version (MC8.0) in all the new licensing options. Videog
Blog: Videoguys' 2014 Update on Thunderbolt & Thunderbolt version 2
by Gary Bettan 1 year ago
We bring you up to date on all the latest Thunderbolt news, products and developments. This guide also includes our recommended configuration for a new iMac as well as our Thunderbolt Wish List for 20
Creative Cloud Q&A [Adobe guy]
by Dennis Radeke 2 years ago
The last few days has seen quite a few discussions about Adobe's new licensing model. Some have attacked it, others defended it, many presenting their concerns and many presenting questions in a reaso
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Re: Creative Cloud Q&A [Adobe guy]
by Gary Bettan 2 years ago
Thanx for jumping in here Dennis. Lots of inaccurate info floating about. Your straight answers are greatly appreciated. We posted an FAQ about Creative Cloud for Teams http: www.videoguys.com Guide E
Creative Cloud - Some Peace of Mind Offered...
by Tim Vaughan 2 years ago
(I posted this in the FCPx forum as well) As many of you have seen, I've railed against the "cloud" as being the only option. I'm not against it as a whole, mind you, but am concerned with it as the o
Re: Creative Cloud - Some Peace of Mind Offered...
by Gary Bettan 2 years ago
Jumping in a little late. We are selling Creative Cloud for Teams at $479 per year. We still have CS6 Vol licenses, full versions and upgrades. http: www.videoguys.com Brand Adobe.aspx We've put toget
Does anyone out there have a Proavio EB400CR?
by Jorge Hernandez 2 years ago
I am looking into buying a Proavio EB400CR since this is a raid that seems to offer everything for my purposes. I am looking into a raid drive that has JBOD capabilities and Proavio seems to be my ans
Re: Does anyone out there have a Proavio EB400CR?
by Gary Bettan 2 years ago
Videoguys is a ProAvio dealer. We tested the drive and we liked the performance. For under $1,000 the 8TB model is a great value. eSATA, USB3 & FW800. http: www.videoguys.com Brand Proavio.aspx Gary C
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iMac 27" processor quandery
by Mark Dobson 2 years ago
I went to my local Applestore today and spent some quality time with the new iMac 27". Much to my surprise I really liked and would have liked to have taken one home with me. No chance! As you will kn
Re: iMac 27" processor quandery - Videoguys Updates Thunderbolt Guide
by Gary Bettan 2 years ago
The COW5OFF coupon is for purchases at Videoguys.com only Gary COW members get 5% OFF with Coupon COW5OFF http: www.videoguys.com 800 323-2325 We are the video editing and production experts!
Avid Whitepaper: Digital Cinema Camera Workflows
by Gary Bettan 2 years ago
With the ability to track multiple sources and timecodes, combined with AMA and open standards such as MXF, AAF, and DNxHD, Media Composer and Symphony give you the most flexibility in the post-produc
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Bill Stephan liked this 2 years ago
Nice thread on the future of the Mac Pro on the Videoguy's forum
by Herb Sevush 2 years ago
http: forums.creativecow.net thread 346 13960#13960 Interesting thread, especially this post by Gary Bettan: ( As a note, in case you are unaware, the DIY designations are specs for do-it-yourself bui
Re: Nice thread on the future of the Mac Pro on the Videoguy's forum
by Gary Bettan 2 years ago
From our perspective when Apple jumped to the Intel Xeons, they caught up to HP. For both performance and value. When the XP8400 was the workstation of choice on the PC side, the 2nd gen Mac Pro w Int
Small video post production solutions
by Stephen Cooper 2 years ago
Hello I've been looking around and trying to find the best solution for an upgrade to our systems. We're a very small production company that currently has two people that both work on mac platforms u
Re: Small video post production solutions
by Gary Bettan 2 years ago
Bob is spot on. I wish we could offer a DIY shared storage solution for you. As of today, it's just not going to happen. Gary COW members get 5% OFF with Coupon COW5OFF http: www.videoguys.com 800 323
Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5 Download
by john lawlor 3 years ago
HI Guys Like many people out there, it seems like it has come time to jump ship on the tried and trusted FCP to the seemingly better Premiere Pro. Two questions: 1. Has the "SWITCH" promo for switchin
Re: Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5 Download
by Gary Bettan 3 years ago
Videoguys is offering 20% off on Adobe CS5.5. upgrades. We are also offering 20% off on teh full version. We're taking the 20% off from our $1499 sale price, so while supplies last you can get teh ful
Obscenely Expensive Adobe Products outside USA
by David Hunter 4 years ago
As a longtime FinalCut user who used the whole Apple suite, I wanted to buy Premiere Pro and take advantage of the discount offered to Apple users who switched. However, if I am editing in Hamburg, Ge
Re: Obscenely Expensive Adobe Products outside USA
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
Videoguys.com can do it! Give us a call 800 323-2325 and we'll get you the software you need. We run into issues like this with many of our vendors. All it takes is a little extra effort and creativit
Avid Confirms Delay in MC FCP Crossgrade Shipments
by Peter Wiley 4 years ago
I got this email this morning, thought it might be of general interest. Hello, First, I would like to thank you for your recent FCP to Media Composer crossgrade order on the Avid Store. As you probabl
Re: Avid Confirms Delay in MC FCP Crossgrade Shipments
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
Videoguys.com has Media Composer crossgrades in stock and better yet - we still have inventory available for $995!!! http: www.webvideoguys.com mc55oct.html Gary COW members get 5% OFF with Coupon COW
Pioneer BDR 206 not meant for Macs. Please read.
by Erik Mickelson 4 years ago
I just got off the phone with Pioneer regarding the incompatibility of the BDR 206 that Videoguys.com sells as their mac compatible Blu Ray burner. Long story short. The support tech on the phone said
Re: Pioneer BDR 206 not meant for Macs. Please read.
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
Erik, Please give me call Friday. I instructed customer service to ship you both a new drive and enclosure - immediately. Then have you return whatever stuff doesn't work. Gary COW members get 5% OFF
Fastest BluRay burn speeds in OSX???
by Erik Mickelson 4 years ago
I am only getting 1x burn speeds. I am using the NexStar DX USB enclosure with Sony BD205 loaded purchased from VideoGuys.com. Using Verbatim BD-R 2x and 4x media. One thing: Since purchasing the encl
Re: Fastest BluRay burn speeds in OSX???
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
We have tons of customers getting great results on Macs with the BDR-206. OWC sells the BDR-206 for Mac users as well. I will look into potential issues with the Vantec enclosure we bundle with the BD
Premiere Pro advice
by Phil Lister 4 years ago
I need a new desktop PC and I'd like to get a list of specs that would fall between $1,200.00 and $1,850.00 + -. In other words, what are the most minimum requirements I can run Premiere Pro CS5 on Th
Re: Premiere Pro advice
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
I'm very aware of these discussion and I've participated in several debates with the guys over at ADK as well. Harm knows his stuff and while we disagree at times, we more often then not we recommend
News: Mac Conversion Utility Now Available for Roland VR-5
by Cow News Droid 4 years ago
(Bellingham, Washington--May 19, 2011) Roland Systems Group (RSG) has released a Mac image converter utility for the popular VR-5 AV Mixer. This newly released software allows users to convert still i
Re: News: Mac Conversion Utility Now Available for Roland VR-5
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
The VR5 is a fantastic solution that combines video mixing and streaming. http: www.videoguys.com Item Roland+VR-5+AV+Mixer+and+Recorder 53D22565.aspx Gary COW members get 5% OFF with Coupon COW5OFF h
Has anyone tried the AVID offer ...
by Simon Ubsdell 4 years ago
... and found they got no response I've applied for the super-duper ultra low-price Media Composer-forFCP users offer, entered my FCS serial number, etc. and although it says my application was succes
Re: Has anyone tried the AVID offer ...
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
yes we can ship outside the US, to most countries. The download is only available from Avid. Gary COW members get 5% OFF with Coupon COW5OFF http: www.videoguys.com 800 323-2325 We are the video editi
New Low Prices on Avid Media Composer 5.5 Upgrades for Avid & Apple FCP owners
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
Got Final Cut Avid Media Composer 5.5 Crossgrade for FCP Editors $995 Many pros in the industry recognize that you can get more work having both Final Cut Pro and Media Composer in your editing arsena
Re: New Low Prices on Avid Media Composer 5.5 Upgrades for Avid & Apple FCP owners
by Michael Kammes 4 years ago
Poor form. Please no spam. Videoguys already has ads all over the site. .: michael kammes mpse .: senior applications editor . post workflow consultant .: audio specialist . act fcp . acsr .: michaelk
Avid MC 5.5 upgrade info
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
With the announcement of MC5.5, there appears to be some confusion about upgrades. Here's some more info to help clarify your options: Avid Media Composer 5 Owners: Once Media Composer 5.5 is released
Check specs to build a new PC...
by fabio mereghetti 4 years ago
I'm a video amateur on the learning path to get one step higher (amateur-- Amateur). I'm still on an Asus A8V mobo with Sata I ports for HDDs and AGP port for the graphic card. Of course Im struggling
Re: Check specs to build a new PC...
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
i would suggest the following. Stripe the two 7200RPM drives in a RAID0 for performance and throughput. Put all projects & video on the RAID. When exporting files for blu-ray or web, set up a folder (
NVIDIA Quadro 4000 for Mac/PC - Mercury we have lift-off!!
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
For years we have been recommending NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics boards to our professional customers who demand the highest level of performance, reliability and stability. Quadro cards cost a
Re: NVIDIA Quadro 4000 for Mac/PC - Mercury we have lift-off!!
by Gary Bettan 4 years ago
Excellent point Todd. Check out this update I got in my inbox today from my Adobe rep: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 now offers GPU acceleration on laptops Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, version 5.0.3 is an update
Anyone here using the Matrox MXO2 Mini?
by Sebastian Alvarez 5 years ago
I bought a Blackmagic Intensity Pro and it turned out to be terrible, mostly because of frequent crashes always caused by the player plugin Blackmagic uses in Premiere. As far as I've read, there seem
Re: Anyone here using the Matrox MXO2 Mini?
by Gary Bettan 5 years ago
You will still get the great Mercury playback from your CUDA based GPU with the standard MXO2 Mini. The MAX hardware will give you faster then real-time H.264 encoding. I don't think you'll see much a
Matrox MX02 LE with Max...yay or nay
by Mike Diiorio 5 years ago
Ok, so i'm spending a lot of time compressing my h264 videos and need to speed this up. Also, looking to output to a program monitor. Seems that Matrox' product is the best bang for the buck, but just
Re: Matrox MX02 LE with Max...yay or nay
by Gary Bettan 5 years ago
What great thread. MAX is the secret ingredient that gives the Matrox MXO2 family of products a leg up on other excellent I O devices such as the Kona. As was mentioned here, if you have a Kona card,
The point being missed about DSLR video.
by Bill Davis 5 years ago
This is simple. I've been shooting professional corporate video for nearly 20 years. 12 months ago I bought a 5DMk2 as a lark - primarily because I had a gig that needed both video and quick stills a
Re: The point being missed about DSLR video.
by Gary Bettan 5 years ago
Great thread and excellent observations. We started getting links to DSLR videos from our customers late last year, bragging about what they could do with a 5D or 7D. I was blown away from the first o
Blue Ray burners
by Kip Cole 5 years ago
Anybody out there got any suggestions for an internal Blue Ray burner (brand, model # etc.) for a FCP system We're running FCP 6, but will probably be upgrading to 7 soon. Also, what program would be
Re: Blue Ray burners
by Gary Bettan 5 years ago
I don't think you'll get any faster burn speeds with firewire vs USB2. Gary http: www.videoguys.com 800 323-2325 We are the video editing and production experts!
Mojo DX Trade up offer expires 12/18
by Gary Bettan 5 years ago
Just wanted to let everyone know that Avid has brought back the Trade-up to MojoDX promotion , and it is ending this Friday Dec 18th . If you own an old Mojo or Mojo SDI you can trade up to MojoDX for
Export settings - very confused
by Nina Bjer 5 years ago
Hello! I have edited some films in After Effects and want to export them to Quicktime format, and have tried to do so in After Effects, but am a little confused about which settings to use. I film in
Re: Export settings - very confused
by Gary Bettan 5 years ago
The CompressHD card would save you hours and hours. The quality is great and your looking at faster then real-time encoding to H.264. So a 20 minute video would encode to H.264 in under 20 minutes! We
burner
by ed vandenderen 6 years ago
Can anyone recommend a blue ray burner that has worked with architect. I know some of the reg burners have had accommodation issues Not a real big deal as I have found Nero just fine to burn with pos
Re: burner
by Gary Bettan 6 years ago
The Pioneer BDR-203 works great with Vegas 9 and DVD a Arch. We made sure of that by sending a few over to them for the team to test and evaluate. Click here for all our Vegas 9 bundles http: www.vide


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