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Old Dec 12, 2009, 4:53 PM   #11
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Try this for video editing (free, open source, cross platform, comparable to powerful commercial software):

http://www.kdenlive.org/
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Old Dec 12, 2009, 5:13 PM   #12
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Thanks TCav and Peripatetic. But my budget limit is U$2000. You're talking big leagues. Jim: I will check the link.
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Old Dec 12, 2009, 5:39 PM   #13
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Try something like the Eizo Flexscan S2242W 22" Widescreen LCD monitor.

The price isn't bad and it completely nukes the best that Dell or Acer or suchlike have to offer. Believe me it's very frustrating working on a good PC/Mac on high-res scans or with a high res camera and yet your prints look nothing like what you see on the monitor. I would much rather have a slower machine but be able to have control over my output.

Something to think about from someone who had it the wrong way round for far too long.
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Old Dec 12, 2009, 5:50 PM   #14
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Thanks peripatetic. Availability in my country is an issue tho.
I have about 200 negs and diapos worth a penny and will select 50 or so to digitize, process and print. The digitizing (60 Mb each) and printing (100 to 200 cm. wide) will be done by a professional laboratory with which I work since years ago. So, I need a computer able to deal with huge files. I first do a test print (20x25cm.) and then discuss with the lab man about colors, tonalities, focus, etc. I like big prints. Here's a 70 cm. print next to the Mamiya 7:


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Actually, the Dell 2209WA (not to be confused with the 2209W which is not an IPS panel) is considered to have the best "bang for the buck" in a 22" display with an IPS panel type. But, I don't see it listed in the options available in the PC listings on the Dell Argentina site.
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How about something like this one? Does this work out within budget?

I selected Win 7 Ultimate so that you'd have XP Mode (which is basically XP running in a Virtual Machine) to allow any software that had compatibility quirks with Win 7 to work. I selected the 23" panel for better HD Video playback, combined with the better Nvidia GTS 240 video card. I selected 6GB of memory (which is the "sweet spot" for the Core i7 920). Just customize it as desired with the available options:

http://configure.la.dell.com/dellsto...=LPMTBES&s=dhs
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If that's over budget, perhaps go with this configuration instead. You'll see the changes I made highlighted on the right side of the page (just select the desired options in the configuration screens):

http://configure.la.dell.com/dellsto...=LPMTBES&s=dhs

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JimC, my mentor: you're pushing me to think, which is unusual to me.
Do you really read Spanish? What a surprise.
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Nope (I do not read Spanish). But, it's close enough to English so that I can recognize the available options in the configuration screens). :-)
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I'll check on Monday with Dell Argentina.
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