Originally Posted by AbecX
Mac mini would not, I repeat, NOT be what you would want to get at all. It would be a great desktop box, but not a video editing platform. The OS doesnt make the system run any faster, just smoother. PPC cpu's are crap, and the motorola's are junk. Thats why they are finally going x86.
A Dual G5 cube would be what you'd want for video editing, if you went the Mac route.
Then again, if all you're doing is home video type stuff, you could certainly get away with a much lower-end box, Mac or PC. But if you're looking to do this somewhat professionally, you don't want to skimp on the hardware.
If you're going to try this professionally, I'd also suggest straying away from IDE/SATA drives, and stick with SCSI, 10k - 15krpm drives. The video card itself isn't all that important, but you want a good video capture card... NOT a TV Tuner card. Something along the lines of an Osprey, or Canopus. You might also look into a minimum of Adobe Premier, but preferably Avid, or a viable alternative to Avid (though not any cheaper), Discreet's line of real-time non-linear editing programs.
Keep in mind... $500 might get you a cheap, probably out of date/obsolete video capture card. They normally run in the $1000 - $3000 range. Not counting the software (which tends to cost even more). If you're only wanting to spend $500ish, in total, I wouldn't plan on trying to do any of this professionally. Not saying it can't be done... hell a PII 350 can be a video editing station... if you don't mind everything you do taking forever. Just saying if you want to do it professionally... you'd be wise to do it right.