Time For A Dedicated Workhorse Machine?

As I’ve been getting more and more into working with video one thing becomes more obvious with nearly every project. Once everything is set up I need to be able to move the entire project to another machine that’s dedicated entirely to the task of rendering the final product.

As it is right now, I do everything on my primary desktop machine… gathering video and audio clips & pictures, setting up the project and putting various effects in place in the project and all of the editing work. Thing is, once this is done and I start the rendering, the computer isn’t good for much of anything else for anywhere from two to ten hours or more depending on the size and complexity of the project.

So far, the way I’ve been dealing with this is to get everything set up and triple checked and then I wait until I’m done with everything else for the day to start the rendering, which I then allow to process overnight. This is fine for the time being, but as projects become more involved the rendering time is going to increase considerably. Which is why I’ve been crusing the sale pages looking for a good, inexpensive machine that can be set up off to one side.

One great looking candidate so far is the IBM ThinkCentre. All I’d have to do is move the ready-to-process project and all of it’s files over to that machine and let it handle the final rendering. This way my main machine would still be available for other tasks (such as setting up another project!!)

The Thinkcentre is a great candidate for this because it’s got the processing power, RAM and decent graphics capability to do the drive and since it’s a factory refurbished unit, it’d take a heck of a lot less cash to get it.

[tags]dedicated machine, video projects, rendering video, get more done[/tags]

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