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Thread: Video capture and editing on Solaris vs Debian vs Ubuntu

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    Mar 2011

    Video capture and editing on Solaris vs Debian vs Ubuntu

    I am interested in doing some heavy video work. I have a ADVC 110 Video capture device, which I am using to capture VHS video tapes, which I will convert on the server to DVD format and burn to DVD's using DVD production software. I will also take the captured video file and split it up in parts and convert to other formats.
    I will have a need to rip DVD video and encoding.

    My question is for these tasks what setup do you suggest for the following.

    The server that will be doing this work is:

    HP Proliant DL-380 G4
    Dual CPU's 3.20 ghz / 800 mhz / 1MB L2
    5120 MB RAM
    6 hard disks on HP Smart Array 6i controller (36.4 GB Ultra320 SCSI HD each)
    RAID set to RAID 5 (5 discs) with one spare (6th disk)
    USB, 2 Ethernet ports, 1 ILO port, 1 SCSI port

    When it comes to the 6 disk raid I am setting up I was planning to use RAID-5 on 5 disks using the 6th disk as a spare. Do you think this will be to slow (due to the parity) since I will be doing so much video editing?
    My other choice was RAID 1+0 (RAID 10). This would not allow me to have that extra spare. Which do you think would be best? I have at least 50 - 2 hour VHS tapes to capture and DVD's not included.

    As far as the operating system I am still considering the one to use. I am concerned about security, so I am undecided as to how much proprietary software I will install on this machine. Flash etc, make me a little wary.

    I have used Ubuntu on my laptop and have been very satisfied, especially with the community support. However I am looking to try something new and not sure what to expect as far as support and available software necessary to perform the above requirements (and others not mentioned).

    I am deciding between Debian 6 (squeeze) and Solaris, but will default to Ubuntu if this is a bad idea. I am probably going to install Debian on another laptop I have, and was thinking about Solaris for this server.

    The video requirements are one of the major functions this server must perform, and I do not know to much about Solaris. What recommendations do you have concerning the video requirements, and how Solaris will work on this server hardware. If it is a poor choice, please tell me what you do recommend. Thank you.

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    Mar 2011

    Re: Video capture and editing on Solaris vs Debian vs Ubuntu


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    Jul 2011
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Video capture and editing on Solaris vs Debian vs Ubuntu

    I don't know too much about Solaris, but unless you get a paid subscription, you won't get updates for it (not even security fixes). Did you already check that the software you need is available for Solaris? Since it is more dedicated towards the more classical server usage, it may not provide the software you need.
    Solaris is usually also behind Linux with respect to hardware support, so you might want to look at this before making a decision.
    Talking about security and stability, besides the desktop version of Ubuntu there is also a server edition and I would strongly recommend that you use that for a server. The server edition has five years of support (which is even more than Debian provides) for a LTS version (and thats what you will want to get).


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